John F. Donahue, Food and Drink in Antiquity: A Sourcebook. Readings from the Graeco-Roman World, Londres, 2014.
Éditeur : Bloomsbury
Collection : Bloomsbury Sources in Ancient History
ISBN : 9781441196804
Interest in food and drink as an academic discipline has been growing significantly in recent years. This sourcebook is a unique asset to many courses on food as it offers a thematic approach to eating and drinking in antiquity. For classics courses focusing on ancient social history to introductory courses on the history of food and drink, as well as those offerings with a strong sociological or anthropological approach this volume provides an unparalleled compilation of essential source material. The chronological scope of the excerpts extends from Homer in the Eighth Century BCE to the Roman emperor Constantine in the Fourth Century CE. Each thematic chapter consists of an introduction along with a bibliography of suggested readings. Translated excerpts are then presented accompanied by an explanatory background paragraph identifying the author and context of each passage. Most of the evidence is literary, but additional sources - inscriptional, legal and religious - are also included.
Source : Bloomsbury
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A. Corbeill, Sexing the World: Grammatical Gender and Biological Sex in Ancient Rome, Princeton, 2014.
Éditeur : Princeton University Press
ISBN : 9780691163222
From the moment a child in ancient Rome began to speak Latin, the surrounding world became populated with objects possessing grammatical gender—masculine eyes (oculi), feminine trees (arbores), neuter bodies (corpora). Sexing the World surveys the many ways in which grammatical gender enabled Latin speakers to organize aspects of their society into sexual categories, and how this identification of grammatical gender with biological sex affected Roman perceptions of Latin poetry, divine power, and the human hermaphrodite.
Daniel Barbu, Philippe Borgeaud, Mélanie Lozat, Nicolas Meylan et Anne-Caroline Rendu Loisel (éd.), Le savoir des religions. Fragments d'historiographie religieuse, Gollion, 2014.
Éditeur : Infolio
ISBN : 9782884748148
L'histoire des religions ne saurait se passer d'une réflexion préalable sur ses propres conditions d'élaboration. Qu'est-ce qu'un « savoir religieux », qu'est-ce qu'un savoir « sur le religieux », en quoi et comment se distinguent-ils l'un de l'autre ? Ce livre est issu d'une série de recherches et d'enquêtes portant sur des horizons historiques et culturels contrastés. Il montre comment un scribe mésopotamien, un philosophe grec, un clerc bouddhiste, un égyptologue contemporain, un historien des religions, etc, élaborent leurs savoirs, comment ces savoirs se transforment et se perpétuent, quelles fonctions ils remplissent, qui les met en œuvre, où et comment ils s'enracinent, pourquoi ils meurent.
Source : Infolio
Tom Stevenson, Julius Caesar and the Transformation of the Roman Republic, 2015.
ISBN : 978-1-13-880821-8
Julius Caesar and the Transformation of the Roman Republic provides an accessible introduction to Caesar's life and public career. It outlines the main phases of his career with reference to prominent social and political concepts of the time. This approach helps to explain his aims, ideals, and motives as rooted in tradition, and demonstrates that Caesar's rise to power owed much to broad historical processes of the late Republican period, a view that contrasts with the long-held idea that he sought to become Rome's king from an early age. This is an essential undergraduate introduction to this fascinating figure, and to his role in the transformation of Rome from republic to empire.
Source : Routledge
Thea S. Thorsen, Ovid's Early Poetry From his Single Heroides to his Remedia Amoris, Cambridge, 2014.
Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
ISBN : 9781107040410
Ovid is one of the greatest poets in the Classical tradition and Western literature. This book represents the most comprehensive study to date of his early output as a unified literary production. Firstly, the book proposes new ways of organising this part of Ovid's poetic career, the chronology of which is notoriously difficult to establish. Next, by combining textual criticism with issues relating to manuscript transmission, the book decisively counters arguments levelled against the authenticity of Heroides 15, which consequently allows for a revaluation of Ovid's early output. Furthermore, by focusing on the literary device of allusion, the book stresses the importance of Ovid's single Heroides 1-15 in relationship with his Amores I-III, Ars amatoria I-III and Remedia amoris. Finally, the book identifies three kinds of Ovidian poetics that are found in his early poetry and that point towards the works of myth and exile that followed in his later career.
Source : Cambridge University Press
Edward J. Watts, The Final Pagan Generation, Berkeley-Los Angeles, 2015.
Éditeur : University of California Press
ISBN : 9780520283701
The Final Pagan Generation recounts the fascinating story of the lives and fortunes of the last Romans born before the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity. Edward J. Watts traces their experiences of living through the fourth century's dramatic religious and political changes, when heated confrontations saw the Christian establishment legislate against pagan practices as mobs attacked pagan holy sites and temples. The emperors who issued these laws, the imperial officials charged with implementing them, and the Christian perpetrators of religious violence were almost exclusively young men whose attitudes and actions contrasted markedly with those of the earlier generation, who shared neither their juniors' interest in creating sharply defined religious identities nor their propensity for violent conflict. Watts examines why the "final pagan generation"—born to the old ways and the old world in which it seemed to everyone that religious practices would continue as they had for the past two thousand years—proved both unable to anticipate the changes that imperially sponsored Christianity produced and unwilling to resist them. A compelling and provocative read, suitable for the general reader as well as students and scholars of the ancient world.
Source : University of California Press