Fr. Cairns et R. Gibson (éd.), Greek and Roman poetry; the Elder Pliny

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Francis Cairns et Roy Gibson (éd.), Greek and Roman poetry; the Elder Pliny - Papers of the Langford Latin Seminar 16, Prenton, 2016.

Éditeur : Francis Cairns
Collection : Arca 54
vi, 337 pages
ISBN : 9780905205595
80 $

S. Citroni Marchetti (Università di Firenze):‘Cicero as Role-Model in the Self-Definition of Pliny the Elder'
Trevor Murphy (University of California, Berkeley): ‘Notes from Underground: the Curious Katabasis of Dionysodorus' Eugenia Lao: ‘Taxonomic Organization in Pliny's Natural History'
Aude Doody (University College Dublin): ‘The Authority of Greek Poetry in Pliny's Natural History 18.63-65'
Trevor S. Luke (The Florida State University): ‘Pliny the Elder on Pythagoras' Greek and Roman Poetry
Nigel Nicholson (Reed College): ‘Four Reasons not to have an Epinician'
Alex Hardie (University of Edinburgh): ‘Callimachus at the Mouseion (the Hymn to Delos)'
Annemarie Ambühl (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz): ‘Literary Love Triangles: Berenice at Alexandria and Rome'
Alberto Canobbio (University of Pavia): ‘Lucilius and Horace: from criticism to identification'

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J. A. Latham, Performance, memory, and processions in ancient Rome: the pompa circensis

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Jacob A. Latham, Performance, memory, and processions in ancient Rome: the pompa circensis from the Late Republic to Late Antiquity, Cambridge, 2016.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
xxii, 345 pages
ISBN : 9781107130715
120 $

The pompa circensis, the procession which preceded the chariot races in the arena, was both a prominent political pageant and a hallowed religious ritual. Traversing a landscape of memory, the procession wove together spaces and institutions, monuments and performers, gods and humans into an image of the city, whose contours shifted as Rome changed. In the late Republic, the parade produced an image of Rome as the senate and the people with their gods - a deeply traditional symbol of the city which was transformed during the empire when an imperial image was built on top of the republican one. In late antiquity, the procession fashioned a multiplicity of Romes: imperial, traditional, and Christian. In this book, Jacob A. Latham explores the webs of symbolic meanings in the play between performance and itinerary, tracing the transformations of the circus procession from the late Republic to late antiquity.


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M. L. Popkin, The Architecture of the Roman Triumph Monuments, Memory, and Identity

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Maggie L. Popkin, The Architecture of the Roman Triumph Monuments, Memory, and Identity, Cambridge, 2016.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
xiv, 271 pages
ISBN : 9781107103573
99,99 $

This book offers the first critical study of the architecture of the Roman triumph, ancient Rome's most important victory ritual. Through case studies ranging from the republican to imperial periods, it demonstrates how powerfully monuments shaped how Romans performed, experienced, and remembered triumphs and, consequently, how Romans conceived of an urban identity for their city. Monuments highlighted Roman conquests of foreign peoples, enabled Romans to envision future triumphs, made triumphs more memorable through emotional arousal of spectators, and even generated distorted memories of triumphs that might never have occurred. This book illustrates the far-reaching impact of the architecture of the triumph on how Romans thought about this ritual and, ultimately, their own place within the Mediterranean world. In doing so, it offers a new model for historicizing the interrelations between monuments, individual and shared memory, and collective identities.

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J.-A. Shelton, Pliny the Younger: Selected letters

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Jo-Ann Shelton, Pliny the Younger: Selected letters, Mundelein, 2016.

Éditeur : Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
xxx, 264 pages
ISBN : 978-0-86516-840-4
29 $

The letters of Pliny the Younger contained in this volume provide intermediate and advanced Latin students insight into the political and social life of the early imperial period of Rome. Pliny portrays himself as a generous benefactor to his hometown, a supporter of education, and a patron who promotes the political and literary careers of younger men. His correspondence with Trajan, including the emperor's responses, documents Pliny's governorship of the province of Bithynia-Pontus. The letters also reveal more personal aspects of his life, including his relationship with his wife, his views on slavery, and his experiences during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that killed his uncle, Pliny the Elder.

Same- and facing-page commentary helps students to understand both the Latin text and the political, social, and historical context of the letters. Introductions for each letter guide students in understanding and interpreting the text.


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A. K. Strong, Prostitutes and Matrons in the Roman World

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Anise K. Strong, Prostitutes and Matrons in the Roman World, Cambridge, 2016.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
350 pages
ISBN : 9781107148758
99,99 $


Prostitutes and Matrons in the Roman World is the first substantial account of elite Roman concubines and courtesans. Exploring the blurred line between proper matron and wicked prostitute, it illuminates the lives of sexually promiscuous women like Messalina and Clodia, as well as prostitutes with hearts of gold who saved Rome and their lovers in times of crisis. It also offers insights into the multiple functions of erotic imagery and the circumstances in which prostitutes could play prominent roles in Roman public and religious life. Tracing the evolution of social stereotypes and concepts of virtue and vice in ancient Rome, this volume reveals the range of life choices and sexual activity, beyond the traditional binary depiction of wives or prostitutes, that were available to Roman women.

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Samuel Presbiter, Notes from the School of William de Montibus

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Samuel Presbiter, Notes from the School of William de Montibus. Edited from Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 860 by Andrew N. J. Dunning, Toronto, 2016.

Éditeur : Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
Collection : Toronto Medieval Latin Texts, 33
122 pages
ISBN : 978-0-88844-483-7
$ 17.95

Preserved in a single manuscript from the abbey library of Bury St Edmunds, and here edited for the first time, Samuel Presbiter's series of short, extensively annotated poems offers a rare record of one of the innovative formats that medieval schoolmasters used to engage students beyond conventional lectures. The text affords the reader a vivid experience of immersion in the pedagogical techniques of the twelfth-century classroom. The poems and commentary present key lessons from the doctrinal instruction of William de Montibus (c. 1140–1213), the beloved master of the school of Lincoln Cathedral.

Source : Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies


P.-Gr. Delage (dir.), Saint Grégoire l'Illuminateur

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Pascal-Grégoire Delage (dir.), Saint Grégoire l'Illuminateur ou les commencements de l'Eglise d'Arménie, Royan, 2016.

Éditeur : CaritasPatrum
Collection : Petite Journée de Patristique
156 pages
ISBN : 979-10-95732-01-3
15 €


Avant même la conversion de l'empire gréco-romain au christianisme, le roi arménien Tiridate fit le choix du Christ pour son peuple sous la houlette de cette figure tout aussi charismatique qu'énigmatique de Grégoire Loussavoritch, « l'Illuminateur ». Alors que ce dernier se dresse aux confins de l'histoire et de la légende, le baptême du roi d'Arménie et de sa noblesse eut bien lieu à l'orée du IVe siècle même si les historiens débattent encore de la date précise : 301, 311 ou 314 ? C'est ainsi que dans la mémoire collective du peuple arménien, la silhouette du prisonnier de la fosse de Khor Virap devient de plus en plus prégnante et significative : Grégoire devient le porteur de lumière.
Le voilà franchissant les cols escarpés d'Arménie, renversant les temples des vieilles divinités, les remplaçant par des Eglises dédiées au Dieu de Jésus-Christ, créant de toutes pièces un clergé chrétien issu de l'ancienne caste sacerdotale polythéiste avant de faire le choix de se retirer pour le restant de ses jours dans une grotte obscure. A ses côtés, le roi Tiridate, devant traiter tant avec les populations paysannes toujours très attachées au culte des génies des démons qu'avec une aristocratie tentée par la pure religion du feu des Perses mazdéens, n'aurait-il fait le choix du christianisme que par calcul politique, pour renforcer son propre pouvoir et la cohésion de son Royaume ? Mais l'empereur romain qui l'avait placé sur le trône de ses pères en 298 n'était autre que Dioclétien, le persécuteur par excellence des chrétiens…
C'est à la découverte de ces origines passionnantes et complexes de l'Eglise arménienne ainsi qu'à son inscription tenace dans l'histoire et la mémoire des hommes que nous convient les Actes de cette Petite Journée de Patristique consacrée à Grégoire l'Illuminateur. Passionnantes… c'est-à-dire placées sous le signe de la Croix et de l'épreuve tout autant que dans la lumière d'une espérance plus forte que la mort.

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