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M. Zarmakoupi, Designing for Luxury on the Bay of Naples Villas and Landscapes (c. 100 BCE - 79 CE)

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Mantha Zarmakoupi, Designing for Luxury on the Bay of Naples Villas and Landscapes (c. 100 BCE - 79 CE), Oxford, 2013.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
Collection : Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture and Representations
352 pages
ISBN : 978-0-19-967838-9
85 £

This study explores Roman luxury villa architecture and the Roman luxury villa lifestyle to shed light on the villas' design as a dynamic process related to cultural, social, and environmental factors. Roman villas expressed a novel architectural language which was developed by designers appropriating the existing stylistic and thematic vocabularies of Hellenistic and Roman architecture. Zarmakoupi seeks to describe and explain the ways in which this architecture accommodated the lifestyle of educated leisure and an appreciation of the Roman landscape, and how, in doing so, it became a cultural phenomenon and a crucial element in the construction of Roman cultural identity. In their effort to accommodate the Greek style, Romans created something completely unprecedented in the history of architecture. Through an analysis of five villas from around the bay of Naples (c. 100 BCE - 79 CE), the volume shows that in designing for luxury, Romans developed a sophisticated interplay between architecture and landscape, an interplay which is still seen in architectural design today.

 

Source : Oxford University Press

 

A. Zucker, Encyclopédire. Formes de l'ambition encyclopédique dans l'Antiquité et au Moyen Âge

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Arnaud Zucker, Encyclopédire. Formes de l'ambition encyclopédique dans l'Antiquité et au Moyen Âge, Turnhout, 2013.

Éditeur : Brepols
Collection : Collection d'études médiévales de Nice
504 pages
ISBN : 978-2-503-55148-7
60 €

Au regard du modèle que représente l'Encyclopédie des Lumières, envisagée comme un aboutissement et non comme un commencement, plusieurs œuvres antiques et médiévales ont été perçues comme des préfigurations de ce comble du savoir. Les contributions réunies dans ce volume entendent réfléchir à la vocation profonde qui sous-tend, travaille et motive certains savants de l'Antiquité au Moyen Âge, construisant un horizon de savoir total et organisé.
L'ambition encyclopédique est dès lors la dynamique commune d'un programme de constitution d'un système du monde, où les sciences sont appelées à se coaliser pour former une culture rationnelle complète. Encyclopédire le monde, c'est engager son discours dans une perspective totalisante. Le défi majeur que porte une telle ambition est donc la synthèse des savoirs où se lient étroitement trois questions : les enjeux scientifiques d'une visée encyclopédique, les choix de transmission et d'intégration des savoirs, et les principes et mode d'organisation interne des œuvres.
Les auteurs de cet ouvrage se sont interrogés sur des œuvres ou des genres révélateurs de cette ambition, sur les formes et les expressions de ce syndrome ou complexe encyclopédiste, et sur les modalités de cette volonté d'encyclopédire que l'on suppose tenace, archaïque et profonde.

 

Source : Brepols

 

M. Drever, Image, Identity, and the Forming of the Augustinian Soul

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Matthew Drever, Image, Identity, and the Forming of the Augustinian Soul, Oxford, 2013.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
288 pages
ISBN : 978-0-19-991633-7
£ 47.99

 

In our current pluralist and often secular context, there is no clearly designated means of valuing or defining the human person. Matthew Drever shows that in the writings of St. Augustine we find a concept of the human person as fluid, tenuous, prone to great good and great vice, and influenced deeply by language, history, and society. Through examination of his account of the human relation to God, Drever demonstrates how Augustine may be regarded as a crucial resource for a religious reorientation and revaluation of the person.
Drever focuses particularly on the concepts of the imago dei and creatio ex nihilo, significant for their influence on Augustine's understanding of the human person and for their potential to bridge his and our own world. Though rooted in Augustine's early work, these concepts are developed fully in his later writings: his Genesis commentaries and On the Trinity in particular. Drever examines how in these later writings the origin (creatio ex nihilo) and identity (imago dei) of the human person intersect with Augustine's understanding of creation, Christ, and the Trinity.
Image, Identity, and the Forming of the Augustinian Soul constructs an interpretation of Augustine's view of the person that acknowledges its classical context while also addressing contemporary theological and philosophical appropriations of Augustine and the issues that animate them.

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J. P. Kenney, Contemplation and Classical Christianity. A Study in Augustine

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John Peter Kenney, Contemplation and Classical Christianity. A Study in Augustine, Oxford, 2013.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
Collection : Oxford Early Christian Studies
208 pages
ISBN : 978-0-19-956370-8
£ 50.00

After resolving to become a Catholic Christian, Augustine spent a decade trying to clarify his understanding of 'contemplation,' the interior presence of God to the soul. That long struggle yielded his classic account in the Confessions. This study explores Augustine's developing understanding of contemplation, beginning with his earliest accounts written before his baptism and ending with the Confessions. Chapter One examines the pagan monotheism of the Roman Platonists and the role of contemplation in their theology. Augustine's pre-baptismal writings are then considered in Chapter Two, tracking his fundamental break from pagan Platonism. Chapter Three then turns to Augustine's developing understanding of contemplation in these pre-baptismal texts. Chapter Four concentrates on Augustine's thought during the decade after his baptism in 387, a period that encompasses his monastic life in Thagaste, and his years first as a presbyter and then as a bishop in Hippo Regius. This chapter follows the arc of Augustine's thought through these years of transition and leads into the Confessions, giving a vantage point to survey its theology of contemplation. Chapter Five concentrates on the Confessions and sets its most famous account of contemplation, the vision at Ostia from Book IX, into a larger polemical context. Augustine's defence of his transcendental reading of scripture in Confessions XII is analysed and then used to illuminate the Ostian ascent narrative. The book concludes with observations on the importance of Augustine's theology of contemplation to the emergence of Christian monotheism in late antiquity.

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C. Teleanu, Philosophia Conversionis. La querelle des Facultés de Paris selon Raymond Lulle

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Constantin Teleanu, Philosophia Conversionis. La querelle des Facultés de Paris selon Raymond Lulle, Paris, 2014.

Éditeur : Schola Lvlliana
Collection : Scholia Raymundistarum II
692 pages
ISBN : 979-10-92840-01-8
45,50 Euros

L'ouvrage Philosophia Conversionis de Constantin Teleanu se propose d'élucider l'enjeu doctrinal d'une première partie des traités – écrits entre novembre 1309 et décembre 1310 – dans lesquels Raymond Lulle s'attaque aux erreurs des lettrés de l'Université de Paris sans y imposer encore l'épithète « Averroista » pour décrier leur magistère. Le travail historiographique laborieux de l'auteur investigue toute la palette de solutions proposées par Lulle pour résoudre la querelle des Facultés de Paris au moyen de divers outils démonstratifs de son Art dont Lulle se sert à l'encontre tant des théologiens que des artiens parisiens. L'auteur décrypte chaque traité de Lulle pour discuter les détails de l'argumentation lullienne qui s'insurge contre la diffusion des erreurs soit censurées au cours du XIIIe siècle soit nouvellement enseignées par des maîtres comme Barthélemy de Bruges, Jean de Jandun et ses écoliers, entre lesquels Lulle s'interpose, pour défendre l'existence du sens agent, dès le début de son dernier séjour parisien.

L'ouvrage Philosophia Conversionis développe une investigation de la première moitié des traités écrits par Raymond Lulle contre les lettrés de l'Université de Paris afin de convaincre Clément V et Philippe le Bel qu'une censure de l'enseignement des sectateurs d'Averroès s'impose au cours des séances du Concile de Vienne qui débute quelques moins après que Lulle quitte Paris en septembre 1311. L'auteur aborde amplement chaque traité de Lulle dont les aspects doctrinaux sont évalués par rapport à l'ensemble de l'Art de Lulle pour mieux distinguer leurs corrélations. Le travail de l'auteur compare les erreurs reportées par Lulle aux commentaires d'Averroès ou des artiens qui citent Averroès pour soutenir les mêmes erreurs. Il réévalue le mode de comprendre comment Lulle entretient la dispute avec les lettrés des Facultés de Paris pour découvrir quelles erreurs y sont enseignées avant de les réfuter.

 

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T. S. Thorsen (éd.), The Cambridge companion to Latin love elegy

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Thea S. Thorsen (éd.), The Cambridge companion to Latin love elegy, Cambridge, 2013.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
Collection : Cambridge companions to literature
452 pages
ISBN : 978-0-521-76536-7
£ 60.00

Latin love elegy is one of the most important poetic genres in the Augustan era, also known as the golden age of Roman literature. This volume brings together leading scholars from Australia, Europe and North America to present and explore the Greek and Roman backdrop for Latin love elegy, the individual Latin love elegists (both the canonical and the non-canonical), their poems and influence on writers in later times. The book is designed as an accessible introduction for the general reader interested in Latin love elegy and the history of love and lament in Western literature, as well as a collection of critically stimulating essays for students and scholars of Latin poetry and of the classical tradition.

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L. Roman, Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome

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Luke Roman, Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome, Oxford, 2014.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
400 pages
ISBN : 978-0-19-967563-0
£ 80.00

In Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome, Luke Roman offers a major new approach to the study of ancient Roman poetry. A key term in the modern interpretation of art and literature, 'aesthetic autonomy' refers to the idea that the work of art belongs to a realm of its own, separate from ordinary activities and detached from quotidian interests. While scholars have often insisted that aesthetic autonomy is an exclusively modern concept and cannot be applied to other historical periods, the book argues that poets in ancient Rome employed a 'rhetoric of autonomy' to define their position within Roman society and establish the distinctive value of their work.
This study of the Roman rhetoric of poetic autonomy includes an examination of poetic self-representation in first-person genres from the late republic to the early empire. Looking closely at the works of Lucilius, Catullus, Propertius, Horace, Virgil, Tibullus, Ovid, Statius, Martial, and Juvenal, Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome affords fresh insight into ancient literary texts and reinvigorates the dialogue between ancient and modern aesthetics.

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