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C. Hawkins, Roman artisans and the urban economy

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Cameron Hawkins, Roman artisans and the urban economy, Cambridge-New York, 2016.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
316 pages
ISBN : 9781107115446
64,99 £

 

This book offers the first comprehensive study of economic conditions and economic life in Roman cities during the late Republic and early Empire. By employing a sophisticated methodology based upon comparative evidence and contemporary economic theory, the author develops interlocking arguments about the relationship between four key attributes of urban economic life in Roman antiquity: the nature and magnitude of consumer demand; the structure of urban labour markets; the strategies devised by urban artisans in their efforts to navigate their social and economic environments; and the factors that served to limit both the overall performance of the Roman economy, and its potential for intensive growth. While the author's methodology and conclusions will be of particular interest to specialists in economic history, other readers will profit from his discussion of topics such as slavery and manumission, the economic significance of professional associations, and the impact of gender on economic behaviour.

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P. Fane-Saunders, Pliny the Elder and the emergence of Renaissance architecture

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Peter Fane-Saunders, Pliny the Elder and the emergence of Renaissance architecture, Cambridge-New York, 2016.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
xxiii, 491 pages
ISBN : 9781107079861
84,99 £

 

The Naturalis historia by Pliny the Elder provided Renaissance scholars, artists and architects with details of ancient architectural practice and long-lost architectural wonders - material that was often unavailable elsewhere in classical literature. Pliny's descriptions frequently included the dimensions of these buildings, as well as details of their unusual construction materials and ornament. This book describes, for the first time, how the passages were interpreted from around 1430 to 1580, that is, from Alberti to Palladio. Chapters are arranged chronologically within three interrelated sections - antiquarianism; architectural writings; drawings and built monuments - thereby making it possible for the reader to follow the changing attitudes to Pliny over the period. The resulting study establishes the Naturalis historia as the single most important literary source after Vitruvius's De architectura.

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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'

Source : Francis Cairns

 

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.

 

Source : Bolchazy-Carducci

 

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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