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C. Mordeglia (éd.), Lupus in fabula. Fedro e la favola latina tra Antichità e Medioevo

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Caterina Mordeglia (éd.), Lupus in fabula. Fedro e la favola latina tra Antichità e Medioevo. Studi offerti a Ferruccio Bertini, Bologna, 2014.

Éditeur : Pàtron Editore
Collection : Testi e manuali per l'insegnamento universitario del latino
340 pages
ISBN : 9788855532808
36 €

Genere letterario compatto e dalla forte identità nelle sue pur frequenti trasformazioni attraverso i secoli, la favola esopica consegue nel mondo latino la piena dignità letteraria con Fedro, che arricchisce il modello greco di spunti narrativi eterogenei e originali. Insieme al poeta tardoantico Aviano, sarà proprio Fedro, attraverso le sue multiformi rielaborazioni medievali, a veicolare i temi favolistici classici in Europa, sancendone una fortuna ininterrotta che dura tutt'oggi.
Partendo dall'approfondimento degli aspetti culturali sottesi alla sua composizione e della sua trasmissione testuale, il presente volume, che raccoglie contributi critici di studiosi di varie discipline, intende indagare le peculiarità della favola fedriana e del suo variegato Fortleben medievale (con qualche incursione nei secoli successivi) in chiave diacronica e interdisciplinare, secondo la prospettiva di ricerca felicemente indicata da Ferruccio Bertini nei suoi fondamentali studi sul genere in ambito latino.

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N. Mac Sweeney, Foundation Myths in Ancient Societies. Dialogues and Discourses

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N. Mac Sweeney (éd.), Foundation Myths in Ancient Societies. Dialogues and Discourses, Philadelphia, 2014.

Éditeur : University of Pennsylvania Press
256 pages
ISBN : 978-0-8122-4642-1
£45.50

Throughout the ancient world, origin stories were told across the ancient world in many different ways: through poetry, prose, monumental and decorative arts, and performance in civic and religious rituals. Foundation myths, particularly those about the beginnings of cities and societies, played an important role in the dynamics of identity construction and in the negotiation of diplomatic relationships between communities. Yet many ancient communities had not one but several foundation myths, offering alternative visions and interpretations of their collective origins.

Seeking to explain this plurality, Foundation Myths in Ancient Societies explores origin stories from a range of classical and ancient societies, covering both a broad chronological span (from Greek colonies to the high Roman empire) and a wide geographical area (from the central Mediterranean to central Asia). Contributors explore the reasons several different, sometimes contradictory myths might coexist or even coevolve. Collectively, the chapters suggest that the ambiguity and dissonance of multiple foundation myths can sometimes be more meaningful than a single coherent origin narrative. Foundation Myths in Ancient Societies argues for a both/and approach to foundation myths, laying a framework for understanding them in dialogue with each other and within a wider mythic context, as part of a wider discourse of origins.

Source : University of Pennsylvania Press

 

G. Lucas, Spartacus - De la réalité au mythe - De Capoue à Hollywood

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Gérard Lucas, Spartacus - De la réalité au mythe - De Capoue à Hollywood, 2014.

Éditeur : Bouquineo.fr
Collection : Tr@boules
306 pages
ISBN : 978-2-313-00506-4
35€

De Varron à Psellos, en passant par Cicéron, Plutarque, Florus, Thémistius, Fréculphe de Lisieux, voici un florilège de textes grecs et latins avec leur traduction où apparaît, parfois allusivement, le nom de Spartacus. Puis il disparaît… pour ressusciter au 18e siècle et devenir l'emblème de luttes diverses ; c'est aussi cette trajectoire que tente de retracer dans ses grandes lignes ce volume à travers un choix de textes modernes. Mais la question reste posée :
qui était donc Spartacus ?

Existe également en ebook (17,99 €) - Cliquez ici.

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Source : Bouquineo

 

F. Jourdan, R. Hirsch-Luipold, Die Wurzel allen Übels

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F. Jourdan, R. Hirsch-Luipold (éd.), Die Wurzel allen Übels, Tübingen, 2014.

Éditeur : Mohr Siebeck
Collection : Ratio Religionis
318 pages
ISBN : 978-3-16-152908-5
79 €

Recueil d'articles sur les ORIGINES DU MAL dans les philosophies et religions des 4 premiers siècles de notre ère et sur leurs origines antiques.

Die Wurzel allen Übels

Vorstellungen über die Herkunft des Bösen und Schlechten in der Philosophie und Religion des 1.-4. Jahrhunderts. Ratio Religionis Studien III
Hrsg. v. Fabienne Jourdan u. Rainer Hirsch-Luipold
Die Frage nach der Herkunft des Bösen hat philosophische wie religiöse Denker seit jeher beschäftigt. Unde malum? Wo immer die Erfahrung des Ausgeliefertseins an Gewalt und Zerstörung, Krankheit und Tod, aber auch die Erfahrung der Abgründigkeit der Seele Menschen erschüttern, drängt sich die Frage nach Ursache und Verantwortlichkeit auf. Die fortgesetzte Suche nach Antworten, durch mythisches Erzählen, durch philosophische Reflexion, durch psychologische, soziale sowie politische Rationalisierung oder durch naturwissenschaftliche Hypothesenbildung wird in den Beiträgen des vorliegenden Bandes in der Literatur des 1.-4. Jahrhunderts n.Chr., nachgezeichnet. Die behandelten Texte spiegeln ein die Geistes-, Philosophie- und Religionsgeschichte durchziehendes Verlangen, die Existenzbedingungen des Menschen zu verstehen und seiner Leiderfahrung auf den Grund zu gehen, getrieben von der Hoffnung, sich am Ende des Übels entheben oder es doch zumindest intellektuell domestizieren zu können.

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A. M. Kemezis, Greek Narratives of the Roman Empire under the Severans. Cassius Dio, Philostratus and Herodian

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A. M. Kemezis, Greek Narratives of the Roman Empire under the Severans. Cassius Dio, Philostratus and Herodian, Cambridge, 2014.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
Collection : Greek Culture in the Roman World
351 pages
ISBN : 9781107062726
£70

The political instability of the Severan Period (AD 193–235) destroyed the High Imperial consensus about the Roman past and caused both rulers and subjects constantly to re-imagine and re-narrate both recent events and the larger shape of Greco-Roman history and cultural identity. This book examines the narratives put out by the new dynasty, and how the literary elite responded with divergent visions of their own. It focuses on four long Greek narrative texts from the period (by Cassius Dio, Philostratus and Herodian), each of which constructs its own version of the empire, each defined by different Greek and Roman elements and each differently affected by dynastic change, especially that from Antonine to Severan. Innovative theories of narrative are used to produce new readings of these works that bring political, literary and cultural perspectives together in a unified presentation of the Severan era as a distinctive historical moment.

Source : CUP

 

K. Lapatin, The Berthouville Silver Treasure and Roman Luxury

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K. Lapatin (éd.), The Berthouville Silver Treasure and Roman Luxury, Los Angeles, 2014.

Éditeur : J. Paul Getty Museum
224 pages
ISBN : 978-1-60606-420-7
$50

In 1830 a farmer plowing a field near the village of Berthouville in Normandy, France, discovered a trove of ancient Roman silver objects weighing some 55 pounds (25 kilograms). The Berthouville treasure, as the find came to be known, includes two statuettes representing the Gallo-Roman god Mercury and approximately sixty vessels—bowls, cups, pitchers, and plates, many of which bear votive inscriptions—along with dozens of smaller components and fragments. Dedicated to Mercury by various individuals, the treasure, including some of the finest ancient Roman silver to survive, fortunately escaped being melted down. It was acquired by the Cabinet des médailles et antiques of the Bibliothèque Royale (now the Département des Monnaies, médailles et antiques of the Bibliothèque nationale de France), where it was displayed until late 2010, when it was brought in its entirety to the Getty Villa together with four large, late antique silver plates, each with its own colorful history, for comprehensive conservation treatment.

This sumptuously illustrated volume is published to accompany an exhibition of the same name, opening at the Getty Villa on November 18, 2014. It presents the highlights of the treasure and other Roman luxury arts from the holdings of the Cabinet des médailles—including precious gems, jewelry, gold coins, and colored marbles—and contextualizes them in a series of elucidating essays.

 

Source : Getty Museum

 

J. Elsner, M. Meyer, Art and Rhetoric in Roman Culture

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J. Elsner, M. Meyer (éd.), Art and Rhetoric in Roman Culture, Cambridge, 2014.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
524 pages
ISBN : 9781107000711
£75

Rhetoric was fundamental to education and to cultural aspiration in the Greek and Roman worlds. It was one of the key aspects of antiquity that slipped under the line between the ancient world and Christianity erected by the early Church in late antiquity. Ancient rhetorical theory is obsessed with examples and discussions drawn from visual material. This book mines this rich seam of theoretical analysis from within Roman culture to present an internalist model for some aspects of how the Romans understood, made and appreciated their art. The understanding of public monuments like the Arch of Titus or Trajan's Column or of imperial statuary, domestic wall painting, funerary altars and sarcophagi, as well as of intimate items like children's dolls, is greatly enriched by being placed in relevant rhetorical contexts created by the Roman world.

Source : CUP

 


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