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R. Robert (éd.), Dire l'architecture dans l'Antiquité

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Renaud Robert (éd.), Dire l'architecture dans l'Antiquité, Paris/Aix-en-Provence, 2016.

Éditeur : Karthala-MMSH
Collection : L'atelier méditerranéen
456 pages
ISBN : 978-2-8111-1495-4
32 €


Cet ouvrage s'inscrit dans la continuité des études actuelles sur les liens entre arts visuels et langage dans l'Antiquité classique. Si le vocabulaire architectural a depuis longtemps suscité l'intérêt des spécialistes, aucune réflexion globale sur les rapports entre l'architecture et le langage n'avait encore été entreprise. Explorer les rapports entre le texte et l'architecture revient à s'interroger sur la place et la fonction du monument dans la cité antique. La nécessité, pour les autorités civiques, de nommer, de classer ou de désigner les constructions a favorisé le développement d'une nomenclature juridique et d'un lexique technique. La beauté architecturale de ses bâtiments contribue au prestige de la ville. De ce fait, le monument acquiert un statut symbolique qui explique l'importance accordée aux descriptions architecturales dans la littérature ancienne. Ce statut privilégié du bâti explique qu'en retour le modèle architectural ait pu informer la réflexion sur le texte, dont la « construction » est métaphoriquement comparée à l'entreprise de l'architecte. Les contributions réunies dans ce volume se proposent donc d'examiner les différentes manières de « dire l'architecture », prenant en considération un large corpus de textes allant des inscriptions et des traités techniques aux œuvres poétiques. Elles ouvrent la voie à une réflexion sur l'imaginaire occidental de l'architecture.

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A. G. A. Horsting (éd.), Prosper Aquitanus. Liber epigrammatum

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Albertus G. A. Horsting (éd.), Prosper Aquitanus. Liber epigrammatum, Berlin-New York, 2016.

Éditeur : De Gruyter
Collection : Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum
viii, 160 pages
ISBN : 978-3-11-033398-5
59,95 $

This volume of the CSEL presents the first critical edition of Prosper of Aquitaine's Liber epigrammatum, edited by A. Horsting. From his position at the side of Pope Leo, Prosper composed a poetical synthesis of Augustine's vast œuvre, writing poems inspired by maxims he had excerpted from his works. The epigrams were a guide to Augustine that was both authoritative and pleasant to read. His synthesis became an essential part of the school curriculum from the days of Charlemagne to those of Louis XIV, serving as the first and most universal interpretative scheme for Augustine's theology for generations of students. The poems, though little known and studied today, were widely read throughout the Middle Ages, in the debates of the Reformation over the nature of predestination and grace, and again in the controversies over the teachings of Port Royal.
This popular text is preserved in more than 180 manuscripts. In order to establish the text, those manuscripts fragments copied before the twelfth century have been used, a group amounting to around forty textual witnesses. This volume fills a major desideratum in the field of Christian Latin poetry and will be of interest to philologists, theologians, and historians of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.


Source : De Gruyter

 

E. Hollmann, Die plautinischen Prologe und ihre Funktion

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Elisabeth Hollmann, Die plautinischen Prologe und ihre Funktion. Zur Konstruktion von Spannung und Komik in den Komödien des Plautus, Berlin-New York, 2016.

Éditeur : De Gruyter

Collection : Göttinger Forum für Altertumswissenschaft
viii, 288 pages
ISBN : 978-3-11-047317-9
99,95 €

 

The Plautine Prologues are the starting point for many of his comedies. Their spokesperson lets the audience into a parallel world, entertains them, creates tension about what is to come, and influences the audience's view far into the play. The book analyses the methods and structures that are called into play and the virtuosity of the variations used to help each comedy achieve its optimal effect.

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St. Frangoulidis, St. J. Harrison et G. Manuwald (éd.), Roman Drama and its Contexts

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Stavros Frangoulidis, Stephen J. Harrison et Gesine Manuwald (éd.), Roman Drama and its Contexts, Berlin-New York, 2016.

Éditeur : De Gruyter
Collection : Trends in Classics
xii, 625 pages
ISBN : 978-3-11-045651-6
229 €

Roman plays have been well studied individually (even including fragmentary or spurious ones more recently). However, they have not always been placed into their ‘context', though plays (just like items in other literary genres) benefit from being seen in context. This edited collection aims to address this issue: it includes 33 contributions by an international team of scholars, discussing single plays or Roman dramatic genres (including comedy, tragedy and praetexta, from both the Republican and imperial periods) in contexts such as the literary tradition, the relationship to works in other literary genres, the historical and social situation, the intellectual background or the later reception. Overall, they offer a rich panorama of the role of Roman drama or individual plays in Roman society and literary history. The insights gained thereby will be of relevance to everyone interested in Roman drama or literature more generally, comparative literature or drama and theatre studies. This contextual approach has the potential of changing the way in which Roman drama is viewed.

 

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H. A. G. Houghton, The Latin New Testament. A Guide to its Early History, Texts, and Manuscripts

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H. A. G. Houghton, The Latin New Testament. A Guide to its Early History, Texts, and Manuscripts, Oxford, 2016.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
400 pages
ISBN : 9780198744733
25 £


Latin is the language in which the New Testament was copied, read, and studied for over a millennium. The remains of the initial 'Old Latin' version preserve important testimony for early forms of text and the way in which the Bible was understood by the first translators. Successive revisions resulted in a standard version subsequently known as the Vulgate which, along with the creation of influential commentaries by scholars such as Jerome and Augustine, shaped theology and exegesis for many centuries. Latin gospel books and other New Testament manuscripts illustrate the continuous tradition of Christian book culture, from the late antique codices of Roman North Africa and Italy to the glorious creations of Northumbrian scriptoria, the pandects of the Carolingian era, eleventh-century Giant Bibles, and the Paris Bibles associated with the rise of the university.
In The Latin New Testament, H.A.G. Houghton provides a comprehensive introduction to the history and development of the Latin New Testament. Drawing on major editions and recent advances in scholarship, he offers a new synthesis which brings together evidence from Christian authors and biblical manuscripts from earliest times to the late Middle Ages. All manuscripts identified as containing Old Latin evidence for the New Testament are described in a catalogue, along with those featured in the two principal modern editions of the Vulgate. A user's guide is provided for these editions and the other key scholarly tools for studying the Latin New Testament.

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A. Garcea, M.-K. Lhommé et D. Vallat (éd.), Fragments d'érudition. Servius et le savoir antique

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Alessandro Garcea, Marie-Karine Lhommé et Daniel Vallat (éd.), Fragments d'érudition. Servius et le savoir antique, Hildesheim, 2016.

Éditeur : Olms
Collection : Spudasmata, 168
535 pages
ISBN : 978-3-487-15433-6
88 €

Les Commentaires de Servius (4e-5e s. de notre ère) sur les œuvres du poète Virgile (70-19 avant J.-C.), ainsi que les ajouts anonymes du Servius Danielis, constituent un maillon essentiel de la transmission du savoir antique jusqu'à nous, sous une forme pourtant fragmentée. Alors que, par définition, un commentaire linéaire n'est pas une monographie ni un ouvrage spécialisé, l'exégèse de Servius a permis la sauvegarde de nombreuses connaissances pointues, disparues par ailleurs, et constitue, en un sens, un bilan des connaissances du monde latin, et, indirectement, du monde grec. Le présent volume propose 26 contributions qui permettent de mesurer l'importance de Servius dans la transmission et la transformation du savoir antique, et qui s'articulent autour de cinq thématiques : Exploitation des sources érudites, Linguistique, Rhétorique et poétique, Histoire, société et religions de Rome et Mythographie.

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N. Horsfall, The Epic Distilled. Studies in the Composition of the Aeneid

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Nicholas Horsfall, The Epic Distilled. Studies in the Composition of the Aeneid, Oxford, 2016.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
176 pages
ISBN : 9780198758877
45 £

 

The Epic Distilled is a rich exploration of Virgil's use of sources in the Aeneid, considering elements of history, geography, mythology, and ethnography. Building on and developing the research involved in the author's monumental commentaries on the Aeneid, the volume investigates how the poem was written, what Virgil read, and why particular details are interwoven into the narrative.
The volume looks beyond the Aeneid's poetry and plot to focus on the 'matter' of the epic: details of colour, material, arms, clothing, landscape, and physiology. Details which might seem trivial are revealed as carefully deliberate and highly significant. For instance, one Trojan's specifically oriental trousers are suggestive of the Trojans' non-Roman 'otherness' and fit solidly into a complex ethnographic argument.
In this way, the meaning and implications of Virgil's heavily allusive style, including practices and techniques of composition, are unpicked meticulously. Particularly difficult and intricate passages are delved into and the significance of specific details, legends, arcane references, places, names, digressions, and inconsistencies are uncovered. By exposing new layers of illuminating material, The Epic Distilled offers readers a fresh approach to understanding the full intellectual texture of Virgil's epic poem.

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