Juvenal, Satire 6

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Juvenal, Satire 6. Edited by Lindsay Watson et Patricia Watson, Cambridge, 2014.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
Collection : Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
XIII-320 pages
ISBN : 978-0-521-85491-7
£ 55

Juvenal's sixth Satire is a masterpiece of comic hyperbole, an outrageous rant against women and marriage which, in its breadth and density, represents the high point of the misogynistic literature of classical antiquity. The Introduction situates Juvenal within the wider tradition of Roman satire, interrogates afresh the poem's architecture and recurrent themes, shows how Juvenal systematically attributes to his monstrous women the inverse of the Roman wife's canonical virtues, traces the various literary currents which infuse the Satire, and lastly addresses the much-discussed issue of the poetic voice or persona from a sociohistorical as well as a theoretical perspective. Above all, the commentary strives to locate Juvenal in his historical, literary and cultural context, while simultaneously affording assistance with the nuts and bolts of the Latin, and always keeping in view two key questions: what was Juvenal's purpose in writing the Satire? How seriously was it meant to be taken?

Source : Cambridge University Press


Ovide, Epistulae ex Ponto Book I

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Ovide, Epistulae ex Ponto Book I. Edited by Garth Tissol, Cambridge, 2014.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
Collection : Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
ix-191 pages
ISBN : 978-0-521-81958-9
£ 50

When Ovid, already renowned for his love poetry, the Metamorphoses and other works, was exiled by Augustus to Tomis on the Black Sea in AD 8, he continued to write. After five books of Tristia, he composed a collection of verse letters, the Epistulae ex Ponto, in which he appeals to his friends and supporters in Rome, lamenting his lot and begging for their help in mitigating it. In these epistolary elegies his inventiveness flourishes no less than before and his imaginative self-fashioning is as ingenious and engaging as ever, although in a minor key. This commentary on Book I assists intermediate and advanced students in understanding Ovid's language and style, while guiding them in the appreciation of his poetic art. The introduction examines the literary background of the Epistulae ex Ponto, their relation to Ovid's earlier works, and their special interest and appeal to readers of Augustan poetry.

Source : Cambridge University Press


A. Walter, Erzählen und Gesang im flavischen Epos

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Anke Walter, Erzählen und Gesang im flavischen Epos, Berlin, 2014.

Éditeur : De Gruyter
Collection : Göttinger Forum für Altertumswissenschaft. Beihefte N. F. 5
XI-393 pages
ISBN : 978-3-11-033620-7
109,95 €

The three Flavian poets, Valerius Flaccus, Statius, and Silius Italicus, held different views on the form and function of epic storytelling. This study shows which personae perform the role of storyteller in their works and how these interact with the narrated world and are mirrored by the singers and prophetic characters in the narrative.

Source : De Gruyter


L. Smith, The Ten Commandments

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Lesley Smith, The Ten Commandments. Interpreting the Bible in the Medieval World, Leyde, 2014.

Éditeur : Brill
Collection : Studies in the History of Christian Traditions, 175
249 pages
ISBN : 978-90-04-27392-4
115 €

What did the ten commandments have to teach? Using the commentaries of a group of scholars from c. 1150-1350, such as Peter Lombard, Robert Grosseteste, and Bonaventure, along with confessors' manuals, mystery plays and sermon material, this book investigates the place of the Decalogue in medieval thought. Beginning with the overarching themes of law and number, it moves to consider what sort of God is revealed in the commandments of the first stone tablet, and uncovers the structure that lay behind the precepts dealing with one's neighbour. Interpreting the commandments allows us to look at issues of method and individuality in the medieval schools, and ask whether answers intended for the classroom could make an impression on the wider world.

Source : Brill


A. Dupont, Preacher of Grace

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Anthony Dupont, Preacher of Grace. A Critical Reappraisal of Augustine's Doctrine of Grace in his Sermones ad Populum on Liturgical Feasts and during the Donatist Controversy, Leyde, 2014.

Éditeur : Brill
Collection : Studies in the History of Christian Traditions, 177
350 pages
ISBN : 9789004278639
125 €

Augustine of Hippo (354-430) became known as the ‘doctor of grace'. He developed his theory of divine grace mainly in his systematic treatises directed against the Pelagians (ca. 411-430). Did he however also preach about this complex, and at first sight ‘demoralizing', issue in his sermons to the people? In his previous book (BSCH 59), Anthony Dupont studied the profile of the treatment of gratia in the anti-Pelagian sermones ad populum. In a Preacher of Grace Dupont offers an account of the presence of the theme of grace in Augustine's sermones not situated in the Pelagian controversy. He first studies sermons preached on important liturgical feasts, which belong to the (non-polemical) pastoral preaching genre. They are distributed throughout the 40 years of Augustine's preaching activity, and are Christological in content and moralising in intention. Secondly, he examines sermons situated in the Donatist controversy, preceding the anti-Pelagian sermons chronologically and differing from them in terms of content. This research provides a global picture of the presence and treatment of gratia in Augustine's sermones and clarifies the interaction between context, audience and preaching genre on the one hand, and the theme of grace as a whole on the other. It also contributes to the debate on (dis)continuity in Augustine's thought on grace.

Source : Brill


M. Frassetto, M. Gabriele et J. D. Hosler (éd.), Where Heaven and Earth Meet. Essays on Medieval Europe in Honor of D. F. Callahan

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Michael Frassetto, Matthew Gabriele et John D. Hosler (éd.), Where Heaven and Earth Meet. Essays on Medieval Europe in Honor of Daniel F. Callahan, Leyde, 2014.

Éditeur : Brill
Collection : Studies in the history of Christian traditions, 174
246 pages
ISBN : 978-90-04-27414-3
114 €

Where Heaven and Earth Meet is a Festschrift in honor of Daniel F. Callahan, Professor of History at the University of Delaware. It is an interdisciplinary collection that celebrates and advances research in his principal scholarly interests. One central focus is on the writings of Ademar of Chabannes and what they reveal about heresy, music, warfare, and the Peace of God in the early Middle Ages. Another is on Western religious history (ecclesiastical houses, hagiography, and papal writings), and the collection is rounded out by studies of early Islamic Jerusalem as well as Arabic numismatics. Contributing authors include Professor Callahan's former classmates, graduate students, colleagues and admirers of his research. The collection will be of interest to researchers in art history, history, musicology, and religion.

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S. Bönisch-Meyer et alii (éd.), Nero und Domitian

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

Éditeur : Narr
Collection : Classica Monacensia, 46
VIII,-485 pages
ISBN : 978-3-8233-6813-7
88 €

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.

Source : Narr


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