C. Fedriani, Experiential Constructions in Latin

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Chiara Fedriani, Experiential Constructions in Latin, Leyde-Boston, 2014.

Éditeur : Brill
Collection : Brill's Studies in Historical Linguistics, 3
xxii-310 pages
ISBN : 9789004257825
103 €

This volume is about the morphosyntactic encoding of feelings and emotions in Latin. It offers a corpus-based investigation of the Latin data, benefiting from insights of the functional and typological approach to language. Chiara Fedriani describes a patterned variation in Latin Experiential constructions, also revisiting the so-called impersonal constructions, and shows how and why such a variation is at the root of diachronic change. The data discussed in this book also show that Latin constitutes an interesting stage within a broader diachronic development, since it retains some ancient Indo-European features that gradually disappeared and went lost in the Romance languages.

Source : Brill


P. Kuon, G. Peylet, Eidôlon n°110. L'utopie entre eutopie et dystopie, hommage à C.-G. Dubois

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Peter Kuon, Gérard Peylet (dir.), Eidôlon n°110. L'utopie entre eutopie et dystopie, hommage à C.-G. Dubois, Pessac, 2014.

Éditeur : Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux
Collection : Eidôlon 110
232 pages
ISBN : 9791091052108
23,00 €

Le présent ouvrage commence par « une brève histoire de l'utopie littéraire » qui évoque avec précision les étapes de la transformation du genre jusqu'à la dystopie moderne, tout en insistant sur la forme littéraire qui détermine le rapport du projet utopique. L'utopie se montre un genre complexe qui, « sous l'influence de son habitat, de son milieu, de son époque, change de forme et de sens comme un caméléon ». Après cette introduction le volume conduira le lecteur de la Phèdre de Sénèque aux « images du corps » et aux « perspectives des nouvelles technologies », aujourd'hui.
Chaque étude mettra l'accent sur les oppositions, les contradictions qui fondent depuis l'Antiquité l'utopie littéraire ainsi que sur l'aspect « d'entre-deux » générique que notre titre a voulu souligner.

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J. Wildberger, M. L. Colish, Seneca Philosophus

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J. Wildberger, M. L. Colish (éd.), Seneca Philosophus, Berlin, 2014.

Éditeur : De Gruyter
Collection : Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes
512 pages
ISBN : 978-3-11-034986-3
109,95 € / $154.00

Aims and Scope

Addressing classicists, philosophers, students, and general readers alike, this volume emphasizes the unity of Seneca's work and his originality as a translator of Stoic ideas in the literary forms of imperial Rome. It features a vitalizing diversity of contributors from different generations, disciplines, and research cultures. Several prominent Seneca scholars publishing in other languages are for the first time made accessible to anglophone readers.


Source : De Gruyter Online


J. M. Madsen et R. Rees (éd.), Roman rule in Greek and Latin Writing

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Jesper Majbom Madsen et Roger Rees (éd.), Roman rule in Greek and Latin Writing. Double Vision, Leyde-Boston, 2014.

Éditeur : Brill
Collection : Impact of Empire, 18
VIII-303 pages
ISBN : 9789004277380
125 €

Roman Rule in Greek and Latin Writing explores the ways in which Greek and Latin writers from the late 1st to the 3rd century CE experienced and portrayed Roman cultural institutions and power. The central theme is the relationship between cultures as reflected in Greek and Latin authors' responses to Roman power; in practice the collection revisits the orthodoxy of two separate intellectual groups, differentiated as much by cultural and political agenda as by language. The book features specialists in Greek and Roman literary and intellectual culture; it gathers papers on a variety of authors, across several literary genres, and through this spectrum, makes possible an informed and detailed comparison of Greek and Latin literary views of Roman power (in various manifestations, including military, religion, law and politics).
Contributors include: Rhiannon Ash, Tønnes Bekker-Nielsen, Ewen Bowie, Jesper Carlsen, Bruce Gibson, Jill Harries, Joe Howley, Jason König, Jesper Majbom Madsen, John Moles and Roger Rees.

Source : Brill


J. Ker et C. Pieper (éd.), Valuing the Past in the Greco-Roman World

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James Ker et Christoph Pieper (éd.), Valuing the Past in the Greco-Roman World. Proceedings from the Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values VII, Leyde-Boston, 2014.

Éditeur : Brill
Collection : Mnemosyne. Supplements. Monographs on Greek and Latin language and literature, 369
X-547 pages
ISBN : 978-90-04-26923-1
139 €

The ‘classical tradition' is no invention of modernity. Already in ancient Greece and Rome, the privileging of the ancient played a role in social and cultural discourses of every period. A collaboration between scholars in diverse areas of classical studies, this volume addresses literary and material evidence for ancient notions of valuing (or disvaluing) the deep past from approximately the fifth century BCE until the second century CE. It examines how specific communities used notions of antiquity to define themselves or others, which models from the past proved most desirable, what literary or exegetic modes they employed, and how temporal systems for ascribing value intersected with the organization of space, the production of narrative, or the application of aesthetic criteria.

Contributors are: Karen Bassi, Lisa Cordes, Joseph Farrell, Caitlin C. Gillespie, Jonas Grethlein, Joseph A. Howley, Casper C. de Jonge, James Ker, Lawrence Kim, Christina S. Kraus, Eleanor Winsor Leach, Maaike Leemreize, Jeremy McInerney, Margaret M. Miles, Sheila Murnaghan, Jason S. Nethercut, Christoph Pieper, Ilaria L.E. Ramelli, Amanda S. Reiterman, and Mieke de Vos.

Source : Brill


K. Blouin, Triangular Landscapes

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Katherine Blouin, Triangular Landscapes. Environment, Society, and the State in the Nile Delta under Roman Rule, Oxford, 2014.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
Collection : Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy
464 pages
ISBN : 978-0-19-968872-2
£ 80.00

Between the Roman annexation of Egypt and the Arab period, the Nile Delta went from consisting of seven branches to two, namely the current Rosetta and Damietta branches. For historians, this may look like a slow process, but on a geomorphological scale, it is a rather fast one. How did it happen? How did human action contribute to the phenomenon? Why did it start around the Roman period? And how did it impact on ancient Deltaic communities? This volume reflects on these questions by focusing on a district of the north-eastern Delta called the Mendesian Nome.
The Mendesian Nome is one of the very few Deltaic zones documented by a significant number of papyri. To date, this documentation has never been subject to a comprehensive study. Yet it provides us with a wealth of information on the region's landscape, administrative geography, and agrarian economy. Starting from these papyri and from all available evidence, this volume investigates the complex networks of relationships between Mendesian environments, socio-economic dynamics, and agro-fiscal policies. Ultimately, it poses the question of the 'otherness' of the Nile Delta, within Egypt and, more broadly, the Roman Empire. Section I sets the broader hydrological, documentary, and historical contexts from which the Roman-period Mendesian evidence stem. Section II is dedicated to the reconstruction of the Mendesian landscape, while section III examines the strategies of diversification and the modes of valorization of marginal land attested in the nome. Finally, section IV analyses the socio-environmental crisis that affected the nome in the second half of the second century AD.


Source : Oxford University Press


I. J. F. de Jong, Narratology and Classics. A Practical Guide

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Irene J. F. de Jong, Narratology and Classics. A Practical Guide, Oxford, 2014.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
240 pages
ISBN : 978-0-19-968869-2
£ 55.00

Narrative is an important element in our daily life and the novel is arguably the most popular genre of our times. The theory of narrative or narratology, which was developed in the 1960s, has helped us towards a better understanding of the how and why of narrative. Narratology and Classics is the first introduction to narratology that deals specifically with classical narrative: epic, historiography, biography, the ancient novel, but also the many narratives inserted in drama or lyric.
The first part of the volume sketches the rise of narratology, and defines key narratological terms, illustrated with examples from both modern novels and Greek and Latin texts. Among the topics discussed are the identity of the role of narrator and narratees, tales within tales, metalepsis, temporal devices such as prolepsis and analepsis, retardation and acceleration, repetition and gaps, focalisation, and the thematic, symbolic, or characterising functions of space. The second part of the volume offers three close readings of famous classical texts and shows how the interpretation of these texts can be enriched by the use of narratology.
The aim of this practical guide is to initiate its readers quickly into a literary theory that has established itself as a powerful new instrument in the classicist's toolkit. All concepts are clearly defined and illustrated from Greek and Latin texts, and detailed bibliographies at the end of each chapter point the way to theoretical studies and to further narratological studies of classical texts.

Source : Oxford University Press


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