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G. Rossi et R. Ruggiero (éd.), Andrea Alciato, Filargiro commedia

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Giovanni Rossi et Raffaele Ruggiero (éd.), Andrea Alciato, Filargiro commedia, Torino, 2017.

Éditeur : Nino Aragno Editore
Collection : Biblioteca Aragno
264 pages
ISBN : 978-88-8419-833-4
€ 20,00

Il grande giurista milanese Andrea Alciato (1492-1550), ben noto anche per i suoi interessi extragiuridici, e in senso lato letterari, di cui sono il frutto i celeberrimi 'Emblemata' (1531-1534), a partire dal 1523 si impegnò nel comporre una commedia in lingua latina, il 'Philargyrus', mai portato in scena, tramandato da un solo manoscritto ora nella Biblioteca Trivulziana. La pubblicazione della commedia, con una traduzione italiana, un apparato di note e un saggio introduttivo, restituisce alla commedia il suo significato di testimonianza di una sperimentazione culturale d'avanguardia, condotta nell'Europa del primo Cinquecento, nel segno di un fecondo incontro tra sapere tecnico-giuridico e cultura umanistica.
Il testo della commedia è preceduto da un saggio di G. Rossi, "Declinazioni dell'umanesimo giuridico: diritto e letteratura nel 'Philargyrus' di Andrea Alciato", pp. VII-XCII, che mette a fuoco l'originalità della posizione innovativa di Alciato davanti al vecchio 'mos italicus' dei giuristi medievali, quanto al metodo e alle 'auctoritates' impiegate ed insieme la sua critica del funzionamento del processo ai suoi tempi, sul piano dei contenuti.
La traduzione italiana di R. Ruggiero permette ad un pubblico più vasto dei soli specialisti di conoscere un'opera innovativa ed originale, di stampo aristofanesco, che vuole divertire ed insieme svolgere una pungente satira di costume.

 

Source : Nino Aragno Editore

 

K. Brodersen (éd.), Quintus Serenus, Medizinischer Rat / Liber medicinalis

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Kai Brodersen (éd.), Quintus Serenus, Medizinischer Rat / Liber medicinalis, Berlin-Boston, 2016.

Éditeur : De Gruyter
Collection : Sammlung Tusculum
192 pages
ISBN : 978-3-11-052757-5
29,95 €

What should one do when one can't find a doctor or does not trust physicians? Quintus Serenus offers an answer to this question in his Liber medicinalis. This bilingual edition, which contains an illuminating and detailed introduction, is the very first German translation of the work. It offers a unique perspective on the realities and mentalities of late antiquity, and on the history of ancient medicine.

 

Source : De Gruyter

 

M. Kulikowski, The Triumph of Empire: The Roman World from Hadrian to Constantine

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Michael Kulikowski, The Triumph of Empire: The Roman World from Hadrian to Constantine, Cambridge [MA], 2016.

Éditeur : Harvard University Press
400 pages
ISBN : 9780674659612
35 $

 

The Triumph of Empire takes readers into the political heart of imperial Rome and recounts the extraordinary challenges overcome by a flourishing empire. Michael Kulikowski's history begins with the reign of Hadrian, who visited the farthest reaches of his domain and created stable frontiers, and spans to the decades after Constantine the Great, who overhauled the government, introduced a new state religion, and founded a second Rome.

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K. Pollmann, The Baptized Muse. Early Christian Poetry as Cultural Authority

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Karla Pollmann, The Baptized Muse. Early Christian Poetry as Cultural Authority, Oxford, 2017.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
288 pages
ISBN : 9780198726487
55 £

With the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire increasing numbers of educated people converted to this new belief. As Christianity did not have its own educational institutions the issue of how to harmonize pagan education and Christian convictions became increasingly pressing. Especially classical poetry, the staple diet of pagan education, was considered to be morally corrupting (due to its deceitful mythological content) and damaging for the salvation of the soul (because of the false gods it advocated). But Christianity recoiled from an unqualified anti-intellectual attitude, while at the same time the experiment of creating an idiosyncratic form of genuinely Christian poetry failed (the sole exception being the poet Commodianus). In The Baptized Muse: Early Christian Poetry as Cultural Authority, Karla Pollmann argues that, instead, Christian poets made creative use of the classical literary tradition, and—in addition to blending it with Judaeo-Christian biblical exegesis—exploited poetry's special ability of enhancing communicative effectiveness and impact through aesthetic means. Pollman explores these strategies through a close analysis of a wide range of Christian, and for comparison partly also pagan, writers mainly from the fourth to sixth centuries. She reveals that early Christianity was not a hermetically sealed uniform body, but displays a rich spectrum of possibilities in dealing with the past and a willingness to engage with and adapt the surrounding culture(s), thereby developing diverse and changing responses to historical challenges. By demonstrating throughout that authority is a key in understanding the long denigrated and misunderstood early Christian poets, this book reaches the ground-breaking conclusion that early Christian poetry is an art form that gains its justification by adding cultural authority to Christianity. Thus, in a wider sense it engages with the recently developed interdisciplinary scholarly interest in aspects of religion as cultural phenomena.

 

Source : Oxford University Press

 

M. Hammond et M. Goodman, Josephus. The Jewish War

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Martin Hammond et Martin Goodman (éd.), Josephus. The Jewish War, Oxford, 2017.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
Collection : Oxford World's Classics
608 pages
ISBN : 9780199646029
10,99 £

'I am Josephus...I myself fought against the Romans'
In August of AD 70 the city of Jerusalem was destroyed by Roman forces after a six-month siege. This was the disastrous outcome of a Jewish revolt against Roman domination which began in AD 66 with some early success, but soon became mired in factional conflict. The war ended in the destruction of the famous Jewish Temple (rebuilt by Herod the Great a century before).
The remarkable story of the war is narrated by an eye-witness and participant, Josephus. He was at first a rebel commander, then after his capture, supported Titus in the final assault on Jerusalem. Josephus spares no detail of a horrific conflict - atrocities on both sides, the reign of terror in Jerusalem, the appalling conditions of the siege, and the final mass suicide at Masada. His vivid narrative is our prime source for this period of history. It is a dramatic story, with resonances to the present day.

 

Source : Oxford University Press

 

T. Br. Mitford, East of Asia: Minor Rome's Hidden Frontier

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Timothy Bruce Mitford, East of Asia: Minor Rome's Hidden Frontier, Oxford, 2017.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
736 pages
ISBN : 9780198725176
225 £


The north-eastern frontier of the Roman Empire - one of the great gaps in modern knowledge of the ancient world - has long eluded research. It has defied systematic exploration and been insulated against all but passing survey by wars, instability, political sensitivities, language, and the region's wild, remote mountains, mostly accessible only on horseback or on foot. Its path lay across eastern Turkey, following the Euphrates valley northwards from Syria, through gorges and across great ranges, and passing over the Pontic Alps to reach the further shores of the Black Sea. Vespasian established Rome's frontier against Armenia half a century before Hadrian's Wall. Five times as long, and climbing seven times as high, it was garrisoned ultimately by four legions and a large auxiliary army, stationed in intermediate forts linked by military roads.

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L. Donovan Ginsberg, Staging Memory, Staging Strife. Empire and Civil War in the Octavia

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Lauren Donovan Ginsberg, Staging Memory, Staging Strife. Empire and Civil War in the Octavia, Oxford, 2017.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
248 pages
ISBN : 9780190275952
47,99 £


The turbulent decade of the 60s CE brought Rome to the brink of collapse. It began with Nero's ruthless elimination of Julio-Claudian rivals and ended in his suicide and the civil wars that followed. Suddenly Rome was forced to confront an imperial future as bloody as its Republican past and a ruler from outside the house of Caesar. The anonymous historical drama Octavia is the earliest literary witness to this era of uncertainty and upheaval. In this book, Ginsberg offers a new reading of how the play intervenes in the wars over memory surrounding Nero's fall. Though Augustus and his heirs had claimed that the Principate solved Rome's curse of civil war, the play reimagines early imperial Rome as a landscape of civil strife in which the ruling family waged war both on itself and on its people. In doing so, the Octavia shows how easily empire becomes a breeding ground for the passions of discord.

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