R. Taylor, K. Wentworth Rinne et S. Kostof, Rome: an urban history from antiquity to the present

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Rabun Taylor, Katherine Wentworth Rinne et Spiro Kostof, Rome: an urban history from antiquity to the present, Cambridge, 2016.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
xviii, 432 pages
ISBN : 9781107601499
39,99 $

Spanning the entire history of the city of Rome from Iron Age village to modern metropolis, this is the first book to take the long view of the Eternal City as an urban organism. Three thousand years old and counting, Rome has thrived almost from the start on self-reference, supplementing the everyday concerns of urban management and planning by projecting its own past onto the city of the moment. This is a study of the urban processes by which Rome's people and leaders, both as custodians of its illustrious past and as agents of its expansive power, have shaped and conditioned its urban fabric by manipulating geography and organizing space; planning infrastructure; designing and presiding over mythmaking, ritual, and stagecraft; controlling resident and transient populations; and exploiting Rome's standing as a seat of global power and a religious capital.

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H. Stead, A Cockney Catullus. The Reception of Catullus in Romantic Britain, 1795-1821

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Henry Stead, A Cockney Catullus. The Reception of Catullus in Romantic Britain, 1795-1821, Oxford, 2016.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
Collection : Classical Presences
xv, 338 pages
ISBN : 9780198744887
65 £


Catullus, one of the most Hellenizing, scandalous, and emotionally expressive of the Roman poets, burst onto the British cultural scene during the Romantic era. It was not until this socially, politically, and culturally explosive epoch, with its mania for all things Greek, that Catullus' work was first fully translated into English and played a key role in the countercultural and commercially driven classicism of the time. Previously marginalized on the traditional eighteenth-century curriculum as a charming but debauched minor love poet, Catullus was discovered as a major poetic voice in the late Georgian era by reformist emulators-especially in the so-called Cockney School-and won widespread respect. In this volume, Henry Stead pioneers a new way of understanding the key role Catullus played in shaping Romanticism by examining major literary engagements with Catullus, from John Nott of Bristol's pioneering book-length bilingual edition (1795), to George Lamb's polished verse translation (1821). He identifies the influence of Catullus' poetry in the work of numerous Romantic-era literary and political figures, including Byron, Keats, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Hunt, Canning, Brougham, and Gifford, demonstrating the degree of its cultural penetration.

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G. Cupaiuolo (éd.), Bollettino di studi latini 46, 2016, fasc. II

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Giovanni Cupaiuolo (dir.), Bollettino di studi latini 46, 2016, fasc. II, Napoli, 2016.

Éditeur : Paolo Loffredo Iniziative editoriali srl, iniziativeditoriali[at]
521 pages
ISSN : 0006-6583
Abbonamento due fascicoli: € 72.00 per l'Italia, € 90.00 per l'estero

Periodico semestrale d'informazione bibliografica
fondato da Fabio Cupaiuolo

Direttore responsabile: G. CUPAIUOLO; Condirettore: V. VIPARELLI
Anno XLVI - fascicolo II – Luglio - Dicembre 2016

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M. Onorato, Il castone e la gemma. Sulla tecnica poetica di Sidonio Apollinare.

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M. Onorato, Il castone e la gemma. Sulla tecnica poetica di Sidonio Apollinare , Napoli, 2016.

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Collection : Studi latini, Collana diretta da Giovanni Cupaiuolo e Valeria Viparelli, vol. n. 89
534 pages
ISBN : 9 788899 306434
€ 36,80

Nei carmi di Sidonio Apollinare il manierismo tardoantico conosce una declinazione tanto esasperata quanto suggestiva: temi, topoi e rêveries lessicali di una prestigiosa tradizione letteraria vengono infatti incastonati in un organismo poetico frammentato ma non disarticolato, proteso alla spasmodica cura dei più minuti dettagli eppure sorretto da un disegno complessivo straordinariamente lucido e calibrato. Il presente volume si propone di indagare questa sofisticata architettura testuale sidoniana, lumeggiandone la proficua interazione sia con il regime di capillare variatio che sovrintende alle singole sezioni dei componimenti e al loro rapporto reciproco, sia con le molteplici dinamiche di inventio e dispositio lessicale in cui si sostanzia un preziosismo linguistico alimentato da un attento studio della dizione e della tecnica versificatoria degli auctores.

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Ph. Mitsis et I. Ziogas, Wordplay and powerplay in Latin poetry

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Phillip Mitsis et Ioannis Ziogas (éd.), Wordplay and powerplay in Latin poetry, Berlin-Boston, 2016.

Éditeur : De Gruyter
Collection : Trends in Classics
vi, 452 pages
ISBN : 9783110472523
168 $

The political allegiances of major Roman poets have been notoriously difficult to pin down, in part because they often shift the onus of political interpretation from themselves to their readers. By the same token, it is often difficult to assess their authorial powerplays in the etymologies, puns, anagrams, telestichs, and acronyms that feature prominently in their poetry. It is the premise of this volume that the contexts of composition, performance, and reception play a critical role in constructing poetic voices as either politically favorable or dissenting, and however much the individual scholars in this volume disagree among themselves, their readings try to do justice collectively to poetry's power to shape political realities. The book is aimed not only at scholars of Roman poetry, politics, and philosophy, but also at those working in later literary and political traditions influenced by Rome's greatest poets.


Source : De Gruyter


R. Duncan-Jones, Power and privilege in Roman society

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Richard Duncan-Jones, Power and privilege in Roman society, Cambridge-New York, 2016.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
xii, 229 pages
ISBN : 9781107149793
64,99 £


How far were appointments in the Roman Empire based on merit? Did experience matter? What difference did social rank make? This innovative study of the Principate examines the career outcomes of senators and knights by social category. Contrasting patterns emerge from a new database of senatorial careers. Although the highest appointments could reflect experience, a clear preference for the more aristocratic senators is also seen. Bias is visible even in the major army commands and in the most senior civilian posts nominally filled by ballot. In equestrian appointments, successes by the less experienced again suggest the power of social advantage. Senatorial recruitment gradually opened up to include many provincials but Italians still kept their hold on the higher social groupings. The book also considers the senatorial career more widely, while a final section examines slave careers and the phenomenon of voluntary slavery.

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A. Chiu, Ovid's women of the year: narratives of Roman identity in the Fasti

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Angeline Chiu, Ovid's women of the year: narratives of Roman identity in the Fasti, Ann Arbor, 2016.

Éditeur : University of Michigan Press
ix, 209 pages
ISBN : 9780472130047
70 $

Roman love-poet Ovid, best known for the epic Metamorphoses, offers in his Fasti the self-proclaimed goal of exploring and explicating the Roman calendar. Published in his maturity circa 14 CE, the Fasti presents claims of aetiological, astronomical, and even antiquarian interests, but more importantly the poem highlights an extraordinary prominence of female characters at work, play, and worship in its verses. From flirtatious goddesses to talkative old women, beautiful puellae to stern prophetesses and beyond, Ovid's “calendar girls” appear in a vast and kaleidoscopic array of guises and narratives, importing and transforming literary genre and expectation alike in a poem that already in shape and purpose is unique in Latin literature. The poet's long-standing fascination with female figures that had first appeared in his earliest work and then accompanied him throughout his career now resurfaces in a much more complex form.

Of interest to literary scholars, antiquarians, and those studying the social and political roles of ancient women, Ovid's Women of the Year offers an intriguing view of an Ovidian poem now coming into its own.


Source : University of Michigan Press


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