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T. F. Scanlon, Sport in the Greek and Roman Worlds (2). Greek Athletic Identities and Roman Sports and Spectacle

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T. F. Scanlon (éd.), Sport in the Greek and Roman Worlds (2). Greek Athletic Identities and Roman Sports and Spectacle, Oxford, 2014.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
Collection : Oxford Readings in Classical Studies
416 pages
ISBN : 978-0-19-870378-5
£40

From the identity of Greek athletes and the place of Greek games in the Roman era to forms, functions, and venues of Roman spectacles, this second volume of Sport in the Greek and Roman Worlds contains eleven articles and chapters of enduring importance to the study of ancient Greek and Roman sport, a field located at a crucial intersection of social history, archaeology, literature, and other aspects of those cultures.

The studies have been updated with addenda by the original authors, and four of the articles that were originally published in German have been translated into English here for the first time. The studies, selected for breadth and importance of historical topics, include: the economics, status, gender, and training of ancient athletes; the place of Greek athletes in the Roman era; the evolution of Roman games from Etruscan customs and of the Roman arena from earlier traditions; the monetary prices of gladiators; the role of animal games in Rome; and the Roman team sport of chariot racing.

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A. Melzer, Philosophy Between the Lines. The Lost History of Esoteric Writing

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A. Melzer, Philosophy Between the Lines. The Lost History of Esoteric Writing, Chicago, 2014.

Éditeur : University of Chicago Press
464 pages
ISBN : 9780226175096
$45.00

Philosophical esotericism—the practice of communicating one's unorthodox thoughts “between the lines”—was a common practice until the end of the eighteenth century. The famous Encyclopédie of Diderot, for instance, not only discusses this practice in over twenty different articles, but admits to employing it itself. The history of Western thought contains hundreds of such statements by major philosophers testifying to the use of esoteric writing in their own work or others'. Despite this long and well-documented history, however, esotericism is often dismissed today as a rare occurrence. But by ignoring esotericism, we risk cutting ourselves off from a full understanding of Western philosophical thought.

Source : University of Chicago Press

 

A. Palmer, Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance

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A. Palmer, Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, Cambridge (MA), 2014.

Éditeur : Harvard University Press
Collection : I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History
416 pages
ISBN : 9780674725577
36 €

After its rediscovery in 1417, Lucretius's Epicurean didactic poem De Rerum Natura threatened to supply radicals and atheists with the one weapon unbelief had lacked in the Middle Ages: good answers. Scholars could now challenge Christian patterns of thought by employing the theory of atomistic physics, a sophisticated system that explained natural phenomena without appeal to divine participation, and argued powerfully against the immortality of the soul, the afterlife, and a creator God.

Source : Harvard University Press

 

L. Martorelli, Greco antico nell'Occidente carolingio. Frammenti di testi attici nell'Ars di Prisciano

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L. Martorelli (éd.), Greco antico nell'Occidente carolingio. Frammenti di testi attici nell'Ars di Prisciano, Hildesheim, 2014.

Éditeur : Olms
Collection : Spudasmata 159
610 pages
ISBN : 978-3-487-15163-2
88 €

Das gemeinsame Ziel der in diesem Band versammelten Studien ist die Analyse des Schlussabschnitts der Grammatik Priskians (GL III 278-377), eines vergleichenden griechisch-lateinischen Lexikons, das ausschließlich der Syntax gewidmet ist und durch zahlreiche Zitate bereichert wird, von denen manche aus attischen Texten stammen, die nicht direkt überliefert sind. Die Beiträge, die in einem Seminar an der Universität Rom La Sapienza am 20./21.9.2012 vorgetragen wurden, repräsentieren unterschiedliche Disziplinen: Philologie, Paläographie, Lexikographie, die Geschichte der Textüberlieferung und die Geschichte des gelehrten Unterrichts. Dementsprechend gliedert sich der Band in vier Abteilungen: die griechisch-lateinische lexikographische Tradition; die Struktur und Charakteristik des syntaktischen Lexikons; die Zitate einzelner Autoren oder Autorengruppen, die in der Quelle Priskians präsent waren; die Überlieferung des Textes in Handschriften und Drucken. Als nützliches Hilfsmittel für weiterführende Forschungen enthält der Band darüberhinaus schematische Beschreibungen aller Handschriften des 9./10. Jds., die das Lexikon überliefern, sowie die Transkription der Fragmente der darin zitierten attischen Autoren nach der Lesart der hochmittelalterlichen Handschriften.

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A. Mayor, The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World

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A. Mayor, The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World, Princeton, 2014.

Éditeur : Princeton University Press
536 pages
ISBN : 9781400865130
$29.95

Amazons—fierce warrior women dwelling on the fringes of the known world—were the mythic archenemies of the ancient Greeks. Heracles and Achilles displayed their valor in duels with Amazon queens, and the Athenians reveled in their victory over a powerful Amazon army. In historical times, Cyrus of Persia, Alexander the Great, and the Roman general Pompey tangled with Amazons.

But just who were these bold barbarian archers on horseback who gloried in fighting, hunting, and sexual freedom? Were Amazons real? In this deeply researched, wide-ranging, and lavishly illustrated book, National Book Award finalist Adrienne Mayor presents the Amazons as they have never been seen before. This is the first comprehensive account of warrior women in myth and history across the ancient world, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Great Wall of China.

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C. Campedelli, L'amministrazione municipale delle strade romane in Italia

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C. Campedelli, L'amministrazione municipale delle strade romane in Italia, Bonn, 2014.

Éditeur : Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH
345 pages
ISBN : 978-3-7749-3858-8
75 €

Source : Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH

 

A. Magny, Porphyry in Fragments. Reception of an Anti-Christian Text in Late Antiquity

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A. Magny, Porphyry in Fragments. Reception of an Anti-Christian Text in Late Antiquity, Farnham, 2014.

Éditeur : Ashgate
Collection : Ashgate Studies in Philosophy and Theology in Late Antiquity
202 pages
ISBN : 978-1-4094-4115-1
60 £

The Greek philosopher Porphyry of Tyre had a reputation as the fiercest critic of Christianity. It was well-deserved: he composed (at the end the 3rd century A.D.) fifteen discourses against the Christians, so offensive that Christian emperors ordered them to be burnt. We thus rely on the testimonies of three prominent Christian writers to know what Porphyry wrote. Scholars have long thought that we could rely on those testimonies to know Porphyry's ideas.

Exploring early religious debates which still resonate today, Porphyry in Fragments argues instead that Porphyry's actual thoughts became mixed with the thoughts of the Christians who preserved his ideas, as well as those of other Christian opponents.

Source : Ashgate

 


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