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L. Pfuntner, Urbanism and Empire in Roman Sicily

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Laura Pfuntner, Urbanism and Empire in Roman Sicily, Austin, 2019.

Éditeur : University of Texas Press
Collection : Ashley and Peter Larkin Endowment in Greek and Roman Culture
320 pages
ISBN :
55 $

 

Sicily has been the fulcrum of the Mediterranean throughout history. The island's central geographical position and its status as ancient Rome's first overseas province make it key to understanding the development of the Roman Empire. Yet Sicily's crucial role in the empire has been largely overlooked by scholars of classical antiquity, apart from a small number of specialists in its archaeology and material culture.
Urbanism and Empire in Roman Sicily offers the first comprehensive English-language overview of the history and archaeology of Roman Sicily since R. J. A. Wilson's Sicily under the Roman Empire (1990). Laura Pfuntner traces the development of cities and settlement networks in Sicily in order to understand the island's political, economic, social, and cultural role in Rome's evolving Mediterranean hegemony. She identifies and examines three main processes traceable in the archaeological record of settlement in Roman Sicily: urban disintegration, urban adaptation, and the development of alternatives to urban settlement. By expanding the scope of research on Roman Sicily beyond the bounds of the island itself, through comparative analysis of the settlement landscapes of Greece and southern Italy, and by utilizing exciting evidence from recent excavations and surveys, Pfuntner establishes a new empirical foundation for research on Roman Sicily and demonstrates the necessity of including Sicily in broader historical and archaeological studies of the Roman Empire.

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J. Tabolli et O. Cerasuolo (éd.), Veii

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Jacopo Tabolli et Orlando Cerasuolo (éd.), Veii, Austin, 2019.

Éditeur : University of Texas Press
Collection : Cities and Communities of the Etruscans
280 pages
ISBN : 978-1-4773-1725-9
55 $

 

Reputed to be the richest city of Etruria, Veii was one of the most important cities in the ancient Mediterranean world. It was located ten miles northwest of Rome, and the two cities were alternately allied and at war for over three hundred years until Veii fell to Rome in 396 BCE, although the city continued to be inhabited until the Middle Ages. Rediscovered in the seventeenth century, Veii has undergone the longest continuous excavation of any of the Etruscan cities.
The most complete volume on the city in English, Veii presents the research and interpretations of multiple generations of Etruscan scholars who are at the forefront of the discipline. Their essays are grouped into four parts. The first provides a general overview of archaeological excavation at Veii and discusses the different types of methodologies employed over the years. The second part narrates the history of Etruscan occupation of the city and its role in the greater Mediterranean world. The third section examines the surviving material culture of Veii, including pottery, painting, sculpture, metalworking, and architectural terracottas. Finally, the legacy of Veii is discussed, and a chronology of the site is presented. This pioneering research offers all students of the ancient Mediterranean a new understanding of the development of Veii and its territory from the late Bronze Age to the Roman conquest, as well as of the interactions of Veii with nearby sites and territories in central Tyrrhenian Italy.

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Chr. Davies, Blockbusters and the Ancient World Allegory and Warfare in Contemporary Hollywood

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Chris Davies, Blockbusters and the Ancient World Allegory and Warfare in Contemporary Hollywood, Londres-Oxford, 2019.

Éditeur : Bloomsbury Academic
256 pages
ISBN : 9781788313117
85 £

Following the release of Ridley Scott's Gladiator in 2000 the ancient world epic has experienced a revival in studio and audience interest. Building on existing scholarship on the Cold War epics of the 1950s-60s, including Ben-Hur, Spartacus and The Robe, this original study explores the current cycle of ancient world epics in cinema within the social and political climate created by September 11th 2001. Examining films produced against the backdrop of the War on Terror and subsequent invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, this book assesses the relationship between mainstream cinema and American society through depictions of the ancient world, conflict and faith. Davies explores how these films evoke depictions of WWII, the Vietnam War and the Western in portraying warfare in the ancient world, as well discussing the influence of genre hybridisation, narration and reception theory. He questions the extent to which ancient world epics utilise allegory, analogy and allusion to parallel past and present in an industry often dictated by market forces. Featuring analysis of Alexander, Troy, 300, Centurion, The Eagle, The Passion of the Christ and more, this book offers new insight on the continued evolution of the ancient world epic in cinema.

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N. Freer et B. Xinyue (éd.), Reflections and New Perspectives on Virgil's Georgics

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Nicholas Freer et Bobby Xinyue (éd.), Reflections and New Perspectives on Virgil's Georgics, Londres-Oxford, 2019.

Éditeur : Bloomsbury Academic
304 pages
ISBN : 9781350070516
85 £

Virgil's Georgics, the most neglected of the poet's three major works, is brought to life and infused with fresh meanings in this dynamic collection of new readings. The Georgics is shown to be a rich field of inherited and varied literary forms, actively inviting a wide range of interpretations as well as deep reflection on its place within the tradition of didactic poetry.
The essays contained in this volume – contributed by scholars from Australia, Europe and North America – offer new approaches and interpretive methods that greatly enhance our understanding of Virgil's poem. In the process, they unearth an array of literary and philosophical sources which exerted a rich influence on the Georgics but whose impact has hitherto been underestimated in scholarship. A second goal of the volume is to examine how the Georgics – with its profound meditations on humankind, nature, and the socio-political world of its creation – has been (re)interpreted and appropriated by readers and critics from antiquity to the modern era. The volume opens up a number of exciting new research avenues for the study of the reception of the Georgics by highlighting the myriad ways in which the poem has been understood by ancient readers, early modern poets, explorers of the 'New World', and female translators of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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L. Kozak et M. Hickman (éd.), The Classics in Modernist Translation

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Lynn Kozak et Miranda Hickman (éd.), The Classics in Modernist Translation, Londres-Oxford, 2019.

Éditeur : Bloomsbury Academic
Collection : Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception
288 pages
ISBN : 9781350040953
85 £

This volume sheds new light on a wealth of early 20th-century engagement with literature of Graeco-Roman antiquity that significantly shaped the work of anglophone literary modernism. The essays spotlight 'translation,' a concept the modernists themselves used to reckon with the Classics and to denote a range of different kinds of reception – from more literal to more liberal translation work, as well as forms of what contemporary reception studies would term 'adaptation', 'refiguration' and 'intervention.'
As the volume's essays reveal, modernist 'translations' of Classical texts crucially informed the innovations of many modernists and often themselves constituted modernist literary projects. Thus the volume responds to gaps in both Classical reception and Modernist studies: essays treat a comparatively understudied area in Classical reception by reviving work in a subfield of Modernist studies relatively inactive in recent decades but enjoying renewed attention through the recent work of contributors to this volume.

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C. Davenport, A history of the Roman equestrian order

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Caillan Davenport, A history of the Roman equestrian order, Cambridge-New York, 2019.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
xxv, 717 p pages
ISBN : 9781107032538
180 $

In the Roman social hierarchy, the equestrian order stood second only to the senatorial aristocracy in status and prestige. Throughout more than a thousand years of Roman history, equestrians played prominent roles in the Roman government, army, and society as cavalrymen, officers, businessmen, tax collectors, jurors, administrators, and writers. This book offers the first comprehensive history of the equestrian order, covering the period from the eighth century BC to the fifth century AD. It examines how Rome's cavalry became the equestrian order during the Republican period, before analysing how imperial rule transformed the role of equestrians in government. Using literary and documentary evidence, the book demonstrates the vital social function which the equestrian order filled in the Roman world, and how this was shaped by the transformation of the Roman state itself.

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S. Kivistö, Lucubrationes Neolatinae

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Sari Kivistö, Lucubrationes Neolatinae. Readings of Neo-Latin dissertations and satires, Helsinki, 2018.

Éditeur : Societas Scientiarum Fennica
Collection : Commentationes humanarum litterarum, 134
xii-244 pages
ISBN : 978-951-653-427-8
25 €


This volume centers on selected readings of Neo-Latin dissertations, satires and other texts written during the period between 1500 and 1800. Neo-Latin texts offer highly significant, in their own time widely influential and today little studied documentation for European scholarship and literary cultures. The printed dissertation was the predominant form of academic publication in seventeenth- century Germany. Generally master's dissertations of this period were conventional pieces of scholarship that summarised traditional knowledge and scientific discussion of their day. Dissertations were rather short, that is, from twenty to sixty pages, but they were also later bound in larger collective volumes. The dissertations were not intended to demonstrate novelty as much as they sought to display the extensive learnedness of the respondent or the presider who had written the dissertation. The professor who acted as praeses supervised the dissertation and chaired the disputation in which the respondens (the student) defended his arguments. As Neil Kenny notes, the contribution of the professor could be anything from actual authorship to a quick glance over the text.

 

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