E. Gonzalez, The Fate of the Dead in Early Third Century North African Christianity

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Eliezer Gonzalez, The Fate of the Dead in Early Third Century North African Christianity. The Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas and Tertullian, Tübingen, 2014.

Éditeur : Mohr Siebeck
Collection : Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum, 83
XII-253 pages
ISBN : 978-3-16-152944-3
64 €

The ideology and imagery in the Passion of Perpetua are mediated heavily by traditional Graeco-Roman culture; in particular, by traditional notions of the afterlife and of the ascent of the soul. This context for understanding the Passion of Perpetua aligns well with the available material evidence, and with the writings of Tertullian, with whose ideology the text of Perpetua is in an implicit polemical dialogue.
Eliezer Gonzalez analyzes how the Passion of Perpetua provides us with early literary evidence of an environment in which the Graeco-Roman and Christian cults of the dead, including the cults of the martyrs and saints, appear to be very much aligned. He also shows that the text of the Passion of Perpetua and the writings of Tertullian provide insights into an early stage in the polemic between these two conceptualisations of the afterlife of the righteous.

Source : Mohr Siebeck


D. van Dusen, The Space of Time

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David van Dusen, The Space of Time. A Sensualist Interpretation of Time in Augustine, Confessions X to XII, Leyde, 2014.

Éditeur : Brill
Collection : Supplements to the Study of Time, 6
xvi-360 pages
ISBN : 978-90-04-26686-5
135 €

From Robert Grosseteste to Jean-François Lyotard, Augustine's suggestion that time is a “dilation of the soul” (distentio animi) has been taken up as a seminal and controversial time-concept, yet in The Space of Time, David van Dusen argues that this ‘dilation' has been fundamentally misinterpreted.
Time in Confessions XI is a dilation of the senses—in beasts, as in humans. And Augustine's time-concept in Confessions XI is not Platonic—but in schematic terms, Epicurean.
Identifying new influences on the Confessions—from Aristoxenus to Lucretius—while keeping Augustine's phenomenological interpreters in view, The Space of Time is a path-breaking work on Confessions X to XII and a ranging contribution to the history of the concept of time.

Source : Brill


M. Kauntze, Authority and Imitation. A Study of the Cosmographia of Bernard Silvestris

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Mark Kauntze, Authority and Imitation A Study of the Cosmographia of Bernard Silvestris, Leyde, 2014.

Éditeur : Brill
Collection : Mittellateinische Studien und Texte, 47
223 pages
ISBN : 978-90-04-25691-0
104 €

The Cosmographia is one of the most inventive and enigmatic works of medieval literature. Mark Kauntze argues that this allegory of creation is best understood as a product of the vibrant intellectual culture of twelfth-century France. Bernard Silvestris established the authority of his treatise by imitating those ancient philosophers and poets who were assiduously studied in the contemporary schools. But he also revised and updated them, to develop a compelling intervention into twelfth-century debates about man's place in nature and the relationship between theology and natural science. Using a wealth of manuscript evidence, Kauntze reconstructs the school context in which Bernard worked, and shows how the Cosmographia itself became an object of scholarly annotation and imitation in the later Middle Ages.

Source : Brill


T. Power et R. K. Gibson (éd.), Suetonius the Biographer. Studies in Roman Lives

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Tristan Power et Roy K. Gibson (éd.), Suetonius the Biographer. Studies in Roman Lives, Oxford, 2014.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
352 pages
ISBN : 978-0-19-969710-6
£ 70

The biographer Suetonius is one of the most fascinating writers of ancient Rome, but he is rarely afforded serious critical attention. This volume of new essays focuses on the various aspects of Suetonius' work, from his lost biographical writing on Roman courtesans to his imperial portraits of the Caesars.
Beginning with an introduction that assesses the originality of Suetonius as a writer and situates the essays within the context of debates and controversies over his biographical form, the collection addresses the issues surrounding his style, themes, and early influence on literature in three parts. The first part discusses formal features of Suetonian biography, such as his literary techniques, manners of citation and quotation, and devices of allusion and closure. The middle section is devoted to readings of the individual Lives, treating several topics - from Suetonius' decision to begin his collection with Julius Caesar, to fictional elements in his death scene of the emperor Caligula, and to the theme of solitude in his Life of Domitian. The last part examines the ways in which Suetonius transgresses the boundaries of ancient biography by looking at his influence on epistolographers, antiquarians, commentators, and later biographers.
This volume is essential reading for anyone who wants to know why Suetonius' Lives are such a unique and powerful medium for the stories of ancient Rome, and how they became the primary model for later biography.

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S. Tilg, Apuleius' Metamorphoses A Study in Roman Fiction

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Stefan Tilg, Apuleius' Metamorphoses A Study in Roman Fiction, Oxford, 2014.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
208 pages
ISBN : 978-0-19-870683-0
£ 45

This volume reveals how Apuleius' Metamorphoses - the only fully extant Roman novel and a classic of world literature - works as a piece of literature, exploring its poetics and the way in which questions of production and reception are reflected in its text. Providing a roughly linear reading of key passages, the volume develops an original idea of Apuleius as an ambitious writer led by the literary tradition, rhetoric, and Platonism, and argues that he created what we could call a seriocomic 'philosophical novel' avant la lettre. The author focuses, in particular, on the ways in which Apuleius drew attention to his achievement and introduced the Greek ass story to Roman literature. Thus, the volume also sheds new light on the forms and the literary and intellectual potential of the genre of the ancient novel.

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Martino III priore di Camaldoli, Libri tres de moribus

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Martino III priore di Camaldoli, Libri tres de moribus. Edizione critica a cura di Pierluigi Licciardello, Florence, 2014.

Éditeur : SISMEL - Edizioni del Galluzzo
Collection : Edizione Nazionale dei Testi Mediolatini d'Italia, 14
IV-371 pages
ISBN : 978-88-8450-539-2
68 €

I Libri tres de moribus di Martino III priore di Camaldoli, redatti nel 1253, sono l'opera principale del corpus normativo camaldolese medievale. Si tratta di una compilazione che assembla, riorganizza e razionalizza le norme emanate dai capitoli generali dell'Ordine Camaldolese dalla sua costituzione, nel 1113, fino al 1253. L'opera intende regolamentare la vita monastica nei suoi molteplici aspetti, ponendosi come un codice autorevole e vincolante, che prevede pene e punizioni per i trasgressori. I Libri tres sono trasmessi da otto manoscritti che vanno dal tardo XIII al XVIII secolo e sono qui editi criticamente per la prima volta.

Source : SISMEL - Edizioni del Galluzzo


Revue d'Etudes Augustiniennes et Patristiques 60/1, 2014

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Revue d'Etudes Augustiniennes et Patristiques 60/1, 2014.

Éditeur : Institut d'Études Augustiniennes
II + 174 pages
ISBN : 978-2-85121-273-3
47,50 €

Table of Contents
Tim DENECKER, Heber or Habraham? Ambrosiaster and Augustine on Language History
Jérôme LAGOUANÈRE, Le schème de l'hebdomade dans les premiers écrits de saint Augustin
Lucia SAUDELLI, "Dieu" ou "démon" de Socrate? Augustin contre Apulée
Jeffrey AUBIN, Augustin et la rhétorique à la fin du IVe siècle: quelques liens entre le De doctrina christiana et le De rhetorica
Gilbert DAHAN, "Être avec (le) Christ ou vivre pour ses frères". L'exégèse de Philippiens 1, 23-24 aux XIIe et XIIIe siècles
Antoine BRIX, La Tabula De ciuitate Dei dite de Robert Kilwardby. Problèmes d'attribution et tradition manuscrite
Comptes rendus bibliographiques

Source : Brepols


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