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Ancient & Classical

  • Poetische Vergegenwärtigung, historische Distanzby Josefine Kitzbichler

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 112.00

    Aristophanes? comedies were translated into German late, not least on account of their obscene humor and allusions to contemporary politics. Droysen?s 1835-38 translations were among the first complete German editions to be published. This study examines Droysen?s position vis-a-vis the classicizing tradition of translating and towards the reception... more...

  • Magie und Ritual bei Apollonios Rhodiosby Ingo Schaaf

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 168.00

    Until now, scholars have largely ignored Apollonius of Rhodes?s deep interest in secret cults, arcane rituals, paradoxa, and magic. The present study extensively explores this material with special emphasis on its function in the Argonautica. Based on this complementary methodological presentation, the book is geared to both religious historians and... more...

  • Medieval Obscenitiesby Nicola McDonald

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2014;

    Obscenity is, if nothing else, controversial. Its definition, consumption and regulation fire debate about the very meaning of art and culture, law, politics and ideology. And it is often, erroneously, assumed to be synonymous with modernity. "Medieval Obscenities" examines the complex and contentious role of the obscene - what is offensive, indecent... more...

  • Understanding Roman Inscriptionsby Lawrence Keppie

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 46.95

    Lawrence Keppie's book offers the non-specialist a comprehensive and enjoyable guide to undestanding the texts of Roman inscriptions, as well as explaining the numerous different contexts in which they were produced. Every area of Roman life is covered, including: * the emperor * temples and altars to the gods * imperial administration * gravestones... more...

  • Imitate Anacreon!by Manuel Baumbach; Nicola Dümmler

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 154.00

    Despite their rich tradition, the Carmina Anacreontea transmitted in the Palatine Anthology have received little scholarly attention. This neglect is linked to questions concerning their authenticity. Long read as poems by the ancient lyricist Anacreon, they are now regarded instead as imitations of Anacreontic lyricism. This volume presents the latest... more...

  • Erzählen und Gesang im flavischen Eposby Anke Walter

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 154.00

    The three Flavian poets, Valerius Flaccus, Statius, and Silius Italicus, held different views on the form and function of epic storytelling. This study shows which personae perform the role of storyteller in their works and how these interact with the narrated world and are mirrored by the singers and prophetic characters in the narrative. more...

  • "Cato Peripateticus" ? stoische und peripatetische Ethik im Dialogby Philip Schmitz

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 112.00

    Book 3 of Cicero?s de finibus is generally regarded as an accurate description of Stoic ethics. This study shows that Cicero did not present Stoic orthodoxy but combined it with contemporary peripatetic theory. This has implications for our understanding of Stoa and Peripatos and offers new insights into Cicero?s methods and the philosophical discourse... more...

  • Heroines of the French Epicby Michael A. H. Newth

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2014; US$ 72.92

    The epic tales of medieval France, called "chansons de geste", or "songs of deeds", provided the chief means of cultural and imaginative expression in the French language for over one hundred and fifty years (c.1100-1250), during one of the most significant periods of social change in the history of Western civilisation. Yet they remain largely unknown... more...

  • Interpretations of Greek Mythology (Routledge Revivals)by Jan N. Bremmer

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 51.95

    Interpretations of Greek Mythology , first published in1987, builds on the innovative work of Walter Burkert and the ?Paris school? of Jean-Pierre Vernant, and represents a renewal of interpretation of Greek mythology. The contributors to this volume present a variety of approaches to the Greek myths, all of which eschew a monolithic or exclusively... more...

  • Seneca (Routledge Revivals)by Costa C.D.N.

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 51.95

    This volume, first published in 1974, offers a selection of modern perspectives on Seneca, covering his prose treatises, his letters and his tragedies. For centuries literary and philosophical circles had to take Seneca seriously, even if they could not always respect him, and although his reputation has fluctuated, there has been a revival of... more...