The Embodied Basis of Constructions in Greek and Latin

The Embodied Basis of Constructions in Greek and Latin

13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-13), Newcastle (UK), July 20-25, 2015

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Date limite : 7 septembre 2014


Submissions are invited for a theme session at the 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-13), Newcastle (UK), July 20-25, 2015. Theories of “embodiment” in cognitive linguistics and related disciplines have led to major advances in the understanding of linguistic meaning. A key claim is that the meanings of many linguistic units correspond, directly or indirectly through metaphorical extension, to recurring patterns of sensorimotor experience or “image schemas”, whose susceptibility of visual and kinesthetic transformations in mental space also accounts for synchronic and diachronic sense variation. Furthermore, in this view, units at all levels of linguistic structure – including or indeed above all grammatical constructions – are taken to be meaningful, insofar as these can be described in terms of symbolic pairings of schematic phonological or syntactic forms and conventionalized semantic or pragmatic meanings. Insights of the cognitive interdiscipline have scarcely penetrated Greek and Latin linguistics, however, where formalist (Chomskyan) and functionalist (Dikian) approaches continue to dominate (important exceptions are Fedriani 2014; Short 2013; Barðdal et al. 2012; Brucale and Mocciaro 2011, Luraghi 2010, 2003; and the papers in Short, forthcoming). Yet the rich metaphorical expression, highly complex grammatical structure, as well as elaborate – and very often multiple, seemingly functionally equivalent – syntactic constructions that characterize the classical languages would seem to provide fertile ground for cognitive linguistic analysis.

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Traduction complète de la Souda en ligne

Traduction complète de la Souda en ligne


The Managing Editors of the Suda On Line are pleased to announce that a translation of the last of the >31,000 entries in the Suda was recently submitted to the SOL database and vetted. This means that the first English translation of the entire Suda lexicon (a vitally important source for Classical and Byzantine studies), as well as the first continuous commentary on the Suda's contents in any language, is now searchable and browsable through our on-line database (

Conceived in 1998, the SOL was one of the first new projects that the late Ross Scaife brought under the aegis of the Stoa Consortium, and from the beginning has also benefitted from the cooperation and support of the TLG and the Perseus Digital Library. After sixteen years, SOL remains, as it was when it began, a unique paradigm of digital scholarly collaboration, demonstrating the potential of new technical and editorial methods of organizing, evaluating and disseminating scholarship.

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J. Vons, S. Velut, La Fabrique de Vésale et autres textes


Jacqueline Vons, Stéphane Velut, La Fabrique de Vésale et autres textes, 2014.

Éditeur : BIU Santé - Paris Descartes
Éditions, transcriptions et traductions par Jacqueline Vons et Stéphane Velut

La première édition et traduction en français du De humani corporis fabrica et des textes liminaires des autres ouvrages de Vésale, réalisée par Jacqueline Vons et Stéphane Velut.

Sont d'ores et déjà en ligne les textes liminaires et l'intégralité du Livre I du De humani corporis fabrica (1543), les textes liminaires de la Paraphrasis (1537), avec introductions (en français et en anglais), transcriptions, traductions et commentaires.

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U. Dietsche, Strategie und Philosophie bei Seneca


Uwe Dietsche, Strategie und Philosophie bei Seneca. Untersuchungen zur therapeutischen Technik in den "Epistulae morales", Berlin, Boston, 2014.

Éditeur : De Gruyter
Collection : Beiträge zur Altertumskunde 329
ix, 298 pages
ISBN : 978-3-11-034904-7
109,95 €

How seriously are we to take Seneca's philosophizing in the Epistulae morales? Much of their content seems inconsistent and designed for mere effect. This study reveals how Seneca's choice of words and intellectual acuity are subordinated to the pedagogical aim of gradual persuasion. It becomes apparent that Seneca's formulation is tactical and that his statements must be interpreted in terms of their specific psychological intent.

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D. Borbonus, Columbarium Tombs and Collective Identity in Augustan Rome


Dorian Borbonus, Columbarium Tombs and Collective Identity in Augustan Rome, Cambridge, New York, 2014.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
306 pages
ISBN : 9781107031401

Columbarium tombs are among the most recognizable forms of Roman architecture and also among the most enigmatic. The subterranean collective burial chambers have repeatedly sparked the imagination of modern commentators, but their origins and function remain obscure. Columbarium Tombs and Collective Identity in Augustan Rome situates columbaria within the development of Roman funerary architecture and the historical context of the early Imperial period. Contrary to earlier scholarship that often interprets columbaria primarily as economic burial solutions, Dorian Borbonus shows that they defined a community of people who were buried and commemorated collectively. Many of the tomb occupants were slaves and freed slaves, for whom collective burial was one strategy of community building that counterbalanced their exclusion in Roman society. Columbarium tombs were thus sites of social interaction that provided their occupants with a group identity that, this book shows, was especially relevant during the social and cultural transformation of the Augustan era.

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J. N. Bremmer, Initiation into the Mysteries of the Ancient World


Jan N. Bremmer, Initiation into the Mysteries of the Ancient World, Berlin, Boston, 2014.

Éditeur : De Gruyter
Collection : Münchner Vorlesungen zu Antiken Welten
vi, 256 pages
ISBN : 978-3-11-029929-8
59,95 €

The ancient Mysteries have long attracted the interest of scholars, an interest that goes back at least to the time of the Reformation. After a period of interest around the turn of the twentieth century, recent decades have seen an important study of Walter Burkert (1987). Yet his thematic approach makes it hard to see how the actual initiation into the Mysteries took place. To do precisely that is the aim of this book.

It gives a ‘thick description' of the major Mysteries, not only of the famous Eleusinian Mysteries, but also those located at the interface of Greece and Anatolia: the Mysteries of Samothrace, Imbros and Lemnos as well as those of the Corybants. It then proceeds to look at the Orphic-Bacchic Mysteries, which have become increasingly better understood due to the many discoveries of new texts in the recent times. Having looked at classical Greece we move on to the Roman Empire, where we study not only the lesser Mysteries, which we know especially from Pausanias, but also the new ones of Isis and Mithras. We conclude our book with a discussion of the possible influence of the Mysteries on emerging Christianity.

Its detailed references and up-to-date bibliography will make this book indispensable for any scholar interested in the Mysteries and ancient religion, but also for those scholars who work on initiation or esoteric rituals, which were often inspired by the ancient Mysteries.

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S. Bönisch-Meyer, L. Cordes, V. Schulz, A. Wolsfeld, M. Ziegert, Nero und Domitian


Sophia Bönisch-Meyer, Lisa Cordes, Verena Schulz, Anne Wolsfeld, Martin Ziegert (éd.), Nero und Domitian. Mediale Diskurse der Herrscherrepräsentation im Vergleich, Tübingen, 2014.

Éditeur : Narr Verlag
Collection : Classica Monacensia 46
VIII, 485 pages
ISBN : 978-3-8233-6813-7

Nero und Domitian, die bis heute nicht nur in der Populärkultur als mali principes gelten, sind bislang zumeist einzeln oder im Kontext ihrer eigenen Dynastien untersucht worden. Dieser Band unternimmt erstmals den Versuch, die Herrscherrepräsentation beider Kaiser im Vergleich zu analysieren. Durch eine solche komparative Herangehensweise sollen die spezifischen Profile ihrer Herrschaft, Kontinuitäten und Brüche in ihrer Repräsentation sowie Transgressionen bestehender Normen herausgearbeitet werden. Dafür werden die Darstellungen beider Kaiser in den verschiedenen Medien – in der Literatur, in Inschriften, Bildnissen und Münzen – aus der Perspektive mehrerer altertumswissenschaftlicher Fachdisziplinen betrachtet. Ziel ist es, so die verschiedenen Strategien und Praktiken ihrer Repräsentation zu untersuchen und dabei die Diskurse der neronischen und domitianischen Herrschaft nachzuzeichnen.

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