K. A. Raaflaub, Thinking, Recording, and Writing History in the Ancient World

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Kurt A. Raaflaub (éd.), Thinking, Recording, and Writing History in the Ancient World, Malden-Oxford, 2014.

Éditeur : Wiley-Blackwell
Collection : The ancient world: comparative histories
xiii, 425 pages
ISBN : 9781118412503
139.95 $

Thinking, Recording, and Writing History in the Ancient World presents a cross-cultural comparison of the ways in which ancient civilizations thought about the past and recorded their own histories.

- Written by an international group of scholars working in many disciplines.
- Truly cross-cultural, covering historical thinking and writing in ancient or early cultures across in East, South, and West Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Americas.
- Includes historiography shaped by religious perspectives, including Judaism, early Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism.


Source : Wiley-Blacwell


Chr. Schwameis, Die Praefatio von Ciceros De Inventione: ein Kommentar

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Christoph Schwameis, Die Praefatio von Ciceros De Inventione: ein Kommentar, Munich, 2014.

Éditeur : Herbert Utz Verlag
Collection : Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
208 pages
ISBN : 9783831643998
34 €

Ciceros erstes Werk De Inventione, die rhetorische Schrift über die Stoffauffindung wurde von der Klassischen Philologie bisher weitgehend unterschätzt. Dabei ist sie zum Verständnis von Ciceros Reden, späteren rhetorischen, aber auch philosophischen Schriften essenziell.
In dieser ersten Monographie ausschließlich zu De Inventione werden nun erstmals eine Interpretation sowie ein genauer Kommentar der Praefatio des ersten Buches vorgelegt. Auch die Datierung der Schrift, die Entstehung sowie das Verhältnis zu Ciceros Meisterwerk De Oratore werden hierbei angesprochen.
So wird nicht nur die erstaunlich tiefgründige Auseinandersetzung des jungen Cicero mit der griechischen Philosophie und Rhetorik nachgezeichnet, sondern auch ein Bezug zu Ciceros Leben und Werk hergestellt: So zeigt sich, dass Cicero in dieser Praefatio seines ersten Werkes sich einerseits mit Themen auseinandersetzte, die in seinem gesamten geistigen Schaffen eine Rolle spielen sollten, andererseits aber Grundsätze seines späteren öffentlichen und politischen Wirkens deutlich darlegte. Dies lässt die Praefatio zu einer Art Lebensplan des berühmten römischen Staatsmannes und Philosophen werden.


Source : Herbert Utz Verlag


St. D. Smith, Man and Animal in Severan Rome: the Literary Imagination of Claudius Aelianus

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Steven D. Smith, Man and Animal in Severan Rome: the Literary Imagination of Claudius Aelianus, Cambridge, 2014.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
Collection : Greek culture in the Roman world. Cambridge
xii, 308 pages
ISBN : 9781107033986
99 $

he Roman sophist Claudius Aelianus, born in Praeneste in the late second century CE, spent his career cultivating a Greek literary persona. Aelian was a highly regarded writer during his own lifetime, and his literary compilations would be influential for a thousand years and more in the Roman world. This book argues that the De natura animalium, a miscellaneous treasury of animal lore and Aelian's greatest work, is a sophisticated literary critique of Severan Rome. Aelian's fascination with animals reflects the cultural issues of his day: philosophy, religion, the exoticism of Egypt and India, sex, gender, and imperial politics. This study also considers how Aelian's interests in the De natura animalium are echoed in his other works, the Rustic Letters and the Varia Historia. Himself a prominent figure of mainstream Roman Hellenism, Aelian refined his literary aesthetic to produce a reading of nature that is both moral and provocative.


Source : Cambridge University Press


J. Tracy, Lucan's Egyptian Civil War

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Jonathan Tracy, Lucan's Egyptian Civil War, Cambridge, 2014.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
viii, 296 pages
ISBN : 9781316129234
99 $

This book explores Lucan's highly original deployment of contradictory Greco-Roman stereotypes about Egypt (utopian vs. xenophobic) as a means of reflecting on the violent tensions within his own society (conservatism vs. Caesarism). Lucan shows the two distinct facets of first-century BC Egypt, namely its ancient Pharaonic heritage and its latter-day Hellenistic culture under the Ptolemies, not only in spiritual conflict with one another (via the opposed characters of Acoreus, priest of old Memphis, and the Alexandrian courtier Pothinus) but also inextricably entangled with the corresponding factions of the Roman civil war and of Nero's Rome. Dr Tracy also connects Lucan's portrayal of Egypt and the Nile to his critical engagement with Greco-Roman discourse on natural science, particularly the Naturales Quaestiones of his uncle Seneca the Younger. Lastly, he examines Lucan's attitude toward the value of cultural diversity within the increasingly monocultural environment of the Roman Mediterranean.


Source : Cambridge University Press


E. Watson, The Greatest Empire: a Life of Seneca

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E. Watson, The Greatest Empire: a Life of Seneca, Oxford, 2014.

Éditeur :
xiii, 253 pages
ISBN : 9780199926640
29.95 $

Offers key insights on Seneca's writing and on the relationship of his biography to his self-representation
Most thorough and current biography of Seneca to date


Source : Oxford University Press


A. Ferreiro, The Visigoths in Gaul and Iberia (Update)

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Alberto Ferreiro, The Visigoths in Gaul and Iberia (Update). A Supplemental Bibliography, 2010-2012, Leyde-Boston, 2014.

Éditeur : Brill
Collection : The Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World, 55
XXXIV-365 pages
ISBN : 978-90-04-27568-3
140 €

The bibliography includes material published from 2010 to 2012. Following on from the first bibliography (Brill, 1988) and its updates (Brill 2006, 2008, 2011) this volume covers recent literature on: Archaeology, Liturgy, Monasticism, Iberian-Gallic Patristics, Paleography, Linguistics, Germanic and Muslim Invasions, and more. In addition, peoples such as the Vandals, Sueves, Basques, Alans and Byzantines are included. The book contains author and subject indexes and is extensively cross-indexed for easy consultation. A periodicals index of hundreds of journals accompanies the volume. Further updates are to be expected at intervals of three years.

Source : Brill


J. Luque Moreno, Hablar y cantar: la música y el lenguaje (concepciones antiguas)

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Jesús Luque Moreno, Hablar y cantar: la música y el lenguaje (concepciones antiguas), Grenade, 2014.

Éditeur : Editorial Universidad de Granada
476 pages
ISBN : 978-84-338-5650-0
25 €

Las relaciones entre la música y el lenguaje fueron en la Antigüedad greco-romana tan estrechas como las que terminaron estableciéndose entre las disciplinas que estudiaban uno y otro sistema de comunicación. Nunca, en efecto, perdieron de vista los antiguos ese horizonte cuando se ocuparon del sonido (φωνή / vox, sonus), materia y soporte de ambos sistemas: cuando lo definieron, cuando reconocieron y clasificaron sus diversos tipos, cuando analizaron su articulación jerárquica, cuando prestaron atención a sus unidades mínimas (στσιχεĩα / elementa), las letras y las “notas”, etc.


Source : Editorial Universidad de Granada


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