S. Ghosh, Writing the Barbarian Past

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Shami Ghosh, Writing the Barbarian Past: Studies in Early Medieval Historical Narrative, Leyde, 2016.

Éditeur : Brill
Collection : Brill's series on the early Middle Ages, 24
XIII-315 pages
ISBN : 978-90-04-30522-9
135 €

Writing the Barbarian Past examines the presentation of the non-Roman, pre-Christian past in Latin and vernacular historical narratives composed between c.550 and c.1000: the Gothic histories of Jordanes and Isidore of Seville, the Fredegar chronicle, the Liber Historiae Francorum, Paul the Deacon's Historia Langobardorum, Waltharius, and Beowulf; it also examines the evidence for an oral vernacular tradition of historical narrative in this period.
In this book, Shami Ghosh analyses the relative significance granted to the Roman and non-Roman inheritances in narratives of the distant past, and what the use of this past reveals about the historical consciousness of early medieval elites, and demonstrates that for them, cultural identity was conceived of in less binary terms than in most modern scholarship.

Source : Brill


M. Diesenberger, Predigt und Politik im frühmittelalterlichen Bayern

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Maximilian Diesenberger, Predigt und Politik im frühmittelalterlichen Bayern. Arn von Salzburg, Karl der Große und die Salzburger Sermones-Sammlung, Berlin, 2016.

Éditeur : De Gruyter
Collection : Millennium-Studien zu Kultur und Geschichte des ersten Jahrtausends n. Chr., 58
507 pages
ISBN : 978-3-11-044117-8
109,95 €

Many sermon manuscripts were created around 800 CE over the course of the Carolingian reform movement, but until now, historical researchers have largely overlooked them. The presentation analyzes selected sermon collections to reveal their importance as a medium for implementing reforms at the local level, thereby making them an important instrument of Carolingian rule.

Source : De Gruyter


S. Paul, Ignaz Weitenauers neulateinische Tragödie "Annibal moriens"

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Stefanie Paul, Ignaz Weitenauers neulateinische Tragödie "Annibal moriens". Ausgabe, Übersetzung und Interpretation, Berlin, 2016.

Éditeur : De Gruyter
Collection : Beiträge zur Altertumskunde, 343
XI-633 pages
ISBN : 978-3-11-044007-2
129,95 €

In 1758, the German Jesuit Ignaz Weitenauer published a neo-Latin tragedy “Annibal moriens” [The Death of Hannibal] on the death of the Carthaginian general. In both style and content, the work largely followed the mode of ancient literature. The new edition is presented alongside a German prose translation and includes commentary and interpretation focused on the play's reception of the ancient world.

Source : De Gruyter


Giacomo Zabarella, De rebus naturalibus

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Giacomo Zabarella, De rebus naturalibus. Edited by José Manuel García Valverde, Leyde, 2016.

Éditeur : Brill
Collection : Brill's Texts and Sources in Intellectual History, 243/17
2 volumes, 1310 pages
ISBN : 9789004294509
299 €

Giacomo Zabarella (1533-1589) was a Renaissance Aristotelian who enjoyed extraordinary prestige in life, especially in the fields of logic and natural philosophy. The De rebus naturalibus libri XXX was completed by Zabarella at the very end of his life: the dedicatory letter to Pope Sixtus V is dated just a month before his death. This writing had great impact and a large influence, as its editorial success in Italy and abroad (especially in Germany) reflects. It represents a massive effort to collect all the issues that come under the heading of “natural philosophy” and that had been taking shape from antiquity to the time of Zabarella within the vast and multifarious field of Aristotelianism: hence its encyclopedic character and extraordinary extension.

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C. Rode (éd.), A Companion to Responses to Ockham

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Christian Rode (éd.), A Companion to Responses to Ockham, Leyde, 2016.

Éditeur : Brill
Collection : Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition, 65
400 pages
ISBN : 9789004308336
199 €

This volume collects twelve chapters that present the multifaceted responses to the works of the William of Ockham in Oxford, Paris, Italy, and at the papal court in Avignon in the 14th century, and it assembles contributions on philosophers and theologians who all have criticized Ockham's works at different points. In individual case studies it gives an exemplary overview over the reactions the Venerable Inceptor has provoked and also serves to better understand Ockham's thought in its historical context. The topics range from ontology, psychology, theory of cognition, epistemology, and natural science to ethics and political philosophy. This volume demonstrates that the reactions to Ockham's philosophy and theology were manifold, but one particular kind of reception is missing: unanimous approval.

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A. Lianeri (éd.), Knowing Future Time In and Through Greek Historiography

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Alexandra Lianeri (éd.), Knowing Future Time In and Through Greek Historiography, Berlin, 2016

Éditeur : De Gruyter
Collection : Trends in Classics Supplementary Volumes 32
vii-443 pages
ISBN : 978-3-11-043953-3
109.95 €

From the early modern period, Greek historiography has been studied in the context of Cicero's notion historia magistra vitae and considered to exclude conceptions of the future as different from the present and past. Comparisons with the Roman, Judeo-Christian and modern historiography have sought to justify this perspective by drawing on a category of the future as a temporal mode that breaks with the present. In this volume, distinguished classicists and historians challenge this contention by raising the question of what the future was and meant in antiquity by offering fresh considerations of prognostic and anticipatory voices in Greek historiography from Herodotus to Appian and by tracing the roots of established views on historical time in the opposition between antiquity and modernity. They look both at contemporary scholarly argument and the writings of Greek historians in order to explore the relation of time, especially the future, to an idea of the historical that is formulated in the plural and is always in motion. By reflecting on the prognostic of historical time the volume will be of interest not only to classical scholars, but to all who are interested in the history and theory of historical time.

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S. Frangoulidis, S. J. Harrison et G. Manuwald (éd.), Roman Drama and its Contexts

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Stavros Frangoulidis, Stephen J. Harrison et Gesine Manuwald (éd.), Roman Drama and its Contexts, Berlin-Boston, 2016.

Éditeur : De Gruyter
Collection : Trends in Classics-Supplementary Volumes 34
xii-625 pages
ISBN : 978-3-11-045557-1
€ 149.95

Roman plays have been well studied individually (even including fragmentary or spurious ones more recently). However, they have not always been placed into their ‘context', though plays (just like items in other literary genres) benefit from being seen in context. This edited collection aims to address this issue: it includes 33 contributions by an international team of scholars, discussing single plays or Roman dramatic genres (including comedy, tragedy and praetexta form both the Republican and the Imperial periods) in contexts such as the literary tradition, the relationship to within on other literary genres, the historical and social situation, the intellectual background or the later reception. Overall, they offer a rich panorama of the role of Roman drama or individual plays in Roman society and literary history. The insights gained thereby will be of relevance to everyone interested in Roman drama or the literary more generally, comparative literature or drama and theater studies, This contextual approach has the potential of changing the way in Roman drama is viewed.

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