D. J. Breeze, The Roman Army

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David J. Breeze, The Roman Army, Londres, 2016.

Éditeur : Bloomsbury
Collection : Classical World
168 pages
ISBN : 9781474227155
13,49 £

This authoritative short volume introduces readers to the Roman army, its structure, tactics, duties and development. One of the most successful fighting forces that the world has seen, the Roman army was inherited by the emperor Augustus who re-organized it and established its legions in military bases, many of which survived to the end of the empire. He and subsequent emperors used it as a formidable tool for expansion. Soon, however, the army became fossilized on its frontiers and changed from a mobile fighting force to a primarily defensive body.
Written by a leading authority on the Roman army and the frontiers it defended and expanded, this is an invaluable book for students at school and university level, as well as a handy guide for general readers with an interest in military history, the rise and development and fall of the Roman legions, and the ancient world. -

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D. Pellacani, Aratea Parte I. Proemio e Catalogo delle costellazioni

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Daniele Pellacani (éd.), Aratea Parte I. Proemio e Catalogo delle costellazioni, Bologne, 2016.

Éditeur : Patron
Collection : Testi e manuali per l'insegnamento universitario del Latino
224 pages
ISBN : 9788855533249
24 €

Sommario: Introduzione: Gli Aratea e i Prognostica di Cicerone; il recupero di Esiodo; il problema della provvidenza - testo - commento - bibliografia - tavole.
Presentazione: Il commento filologico esamina la prima se­zione degli Aratea, composta dal proemio e dal catalogo delle costellazioni. L'analisi, attenta al dato astronomico, mette in luce le caratteristiche linguistiche e stilistiche del po­ema, analizzando in concreto le modalità della traduzione ciceroniana.

Source : Patron


L.-N. André, Game of Rome. L'Antiquité vidéoludique

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Laury-Nuria André, Game of Rome. L'Antiquité vidéoludique, Paris, 2016.

Éditeur : éditions Passage(s)
Collection : Essais
111 pages
ISBN : 979-10-94898-11-6
12 euros

Que regardons-nous, lorsque, avatars d'un jeu vidéo antiquisant, nous observons l'ensemble des paysages et décors qui servent d'écrin à l'action vidéoludique ? De quelle nature relève ce « quelque chose d'antique » ? De quel référent s'agit-il ? C'est l'enjeu de cet ouvrage. De l'Antiquité, il en sera question tout au long de notre réflexion. Elle est la figure du désir et de l'absence. Elle est ruine, abandon, oubli, mort. Mais elle est aussi résistance, lutte contre l'oubli. Pourquoi les jeux vidéo ? Parce qu'en s'emparant de la culture antique, ils (re)dessinent les contours d'un héritage qui se singularise car « [il] n'est précédé d'aucun testament » (René Char). Cette réception de l'Antiquité est le propre de notre société car, du fait de sa nature médiumique, le jeu vidéo donne une version autre de l'Antiquité : en interrogeant cet autre, on voit émerger une esthétique vidéoludique et une poétique de la réception.

Docteur de l'ENS de Lyon, Laury-Nuria André enseigne dans le Supérieur les Langues anciennes et l'Histoire de l'Art antique. Spécialiste de l'épopée et du paysage, plasticienne et romancière, elle interroge la place de l'Antiquité dans la culture contemporaine.


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W. Fitzgerald, Variety. The Life of a Roman Concept

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William Fitzgerald, Variety. The Life of a Roman Concept, Chicago, 2016.

Éditeur : University of Chicago Press
272 pages
ISBN : 9780226299495
55 $

The idea of variety may seem too diffuse, obvious, or nebulous to be worth scrutinizing, but modern usage masks the rich history of the term. This book examines the meaning, value, and practice of variety from the vantage point of Latin literature and its reception and reveals the enduring importance of the concept up to the present day.
William Fitzgerald looks at the definition and use of the Latin term varietas and how it has played out in different works and with different authors. He shows that, starting with the Romans, variety has played a key role in our thinking about nature, rhetoric, creativity, pleasure, aesthetics, and empire. From the lyric to elegy and satire, the concept of variety has helped to characterize and distinguish different genres. Arguing that the ancient Roman ideas and controversies about the value of variety have had a significant afterlife up to our own time, Fitzgerald reveals how modern understandings of diversity and choice derive from what is ultimately an ancient concept.

Source : University of Chicago Press


R. J. Pogorzelski, Virgil and Joyce. Nationalism and Imperialism in the Aeneid and Ulysses

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Randall J. Pogorzelski, Virgil and Joyce. Nationalism and Imperialism in the Aeneid and Ulysses, Madison, 2016.

Éditeur : University of Wisconsin Press
Collection : Wisconsin Studies in Classics
192 pages
ISBN : 978-0-299-30800-1
65 $

James Joyce's Ulysses is a modern version of Homer's Odyssey, but Joyce—who was a better scholar of Latin than of Greek—also was deeply influenced by the Aeneid, Virgil's epic poem about the journey of Aeneas and the foundation of Rome.
Joyce wrote Ulysses during the Irish War of Independence, when militants, politicians, and intellectuals were attempting to create a new Irish nation. Virgil wrote the Aeneid when, in the wake of decades of civil war, Augustus was founding what we now call the Roman Empire. Randall Pogorzelski applies modern theories of nationalism, intertextuality, and reception studies to illuminate how both writers confronted issues of nationalism, colonialism, political violence, and freedom during times of crisis.

Source : University of Wisconsin Press


R. Ferri et A. Zago (éd.), The Latin of the Grammarians

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Rolando Ferri et Anna Zago (éd.), The Latin of the Grammarians. Reflections about Language in the Roman World, Turnhout, 2016.

Éditeur : Brepols
Collection : Corpus Christianorum. Lingua Patrum 8
453 pages
ISBN : 978-2-503-56627-6

What can Roman grammarians tell us about their language from a modern linguistic perspective? This book brings together scholars interested in Roman grammarians from a variety of areas, from manuscript research to modern sociolinguistics and the history of Latin. Their combined effort tries to elicit a wide-ranging, comparative picture of cutting edge research on Roman grammar, with special focus on the Roman grammarians' perception of linguistic change in Latin, sociopragmatic variation, and linguistic interference from Greek. Grammarians were not simply transmitters of rules: they also spoke the language of their times and were alert to social and pragmatic variations of usage, and at the same time reflected the formation of new Latin standards different from the language of the syllabus authors (Pompeius, Consentius, Medieval authors of artes grammaticae).

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L. Fulkerson et T. Stover (éd.), Repeat Performances Ovidian Repetition and the Metamorphoses

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Laurel Fulkerson et Tim Stover (éd.), Repeat Performances Ovidian Repetition and the Metamorphoses, Madison, 2016.

Éditeur : University of Wisconsin Press
Collection : Wisconsin Studies in Classics
280 pages
ISBN : 978-0-299-30750-9
75 $

Although repetition is found in all ancient literary genres, it is especially pervasive in epic poetry. Ovid's Metamorphoses exploits this dimension of the epic genre to such an extent that past critics have faulted it as too filled with recycled themes and language. This volume seeks a deeper understanding of Ovidian repetitiveness in the context of new scholarship on intertextuality and intratextuality, examining the urposeful reuse of previous material and the effects produced by a text's repetitive gestures.
Uniting the essays is a shared vision of the possibilities of Latin epic poetry and a series of attempts to realize those possibilities. Some of the pieces fall into a traditional vein of allusion and intertextuality; others are more innovative in their approaches. Each, in a sense, stands as a placeholder for a methodology of theorizing the repetitive practices of poetry, of epic, and of Ovid in particular. All citations from Greek and Latin are translated into English, rendering the book accessible to scholars of literature beyond classical studies.

Source : University of Wisconsin Press


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