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Ancient & Classical

  • Toward an Augustan Poeticby Alexander Ward Allison

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    The almost universal adulation given Edmund Waller in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries -- an adulation which, often as not, attached to his reform of poetry -- has been commonly accepted with little question of the grounds on which it is based. In this essay Alexander Ward Allison presents for the first time a specific analysis... more...

  • Shakespeare and the Greek Romanceby Carol Gesner

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    This is the first study to relate the Greek romances to Elizabethan drama. It focuses upon the Greek romance materials in Shakespeare's plays to clarify the background of his art and to illuminate the relationship between the two literatures. The Greek romance tradition is described historically and traced through the works of Boccaccio and Cervantes,... more...

  • Kings and Captainsby Charles Moorman

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Charles Moorman reexamines several major works of the western heroic tradition: The Iliad, The Odyssey, Beowulf, The Song of Roland, The Nibelungenlied, the Norse sagas, and the Arthurian cycle. Disregarding the usual limited definitions which have controlled the study of heroic literature, he draws together these disparate works by proposing a... more...

  • Grief Lessonsby Euripides; Anne Carson; Anne Carson

    New York Review Books 2015; US$ 14.95

    Euripides, the last of the three great tragedians of ancient Athens, reached the height of his renown during the disastrous Peloponnesian War, when democratic Athens was brought down by its own outsized ambitions. ?Euripides,? the classicist Bernard Knox has written, ?was born never to live in peace with himself and to prevent the rest of mankind... more...

  • Die meteorologische Medizin des Corpus Hippocraticumby Anne Liewert

    De Gruyter 2015; US$ 112.00

    Der Traktat ?Über die Umwelt?, eine der ältesten und berühmtesten Schriften des Corpus Hippocraticum, enthält eine Abhandlung über den Einfluss der Umwelt auf die menschliche Gesundheit. Diese komplexe medizinische Theorie, für die sich auch in zahlreichen weiteren Werken der Sammlung Belege finden, lässt sich in einen engen Zusammenhang mit der Humorallehre... more...

  • Shifting Genres in Late Antiquityby Geoffrey Greatrex; Hugh Elton; the assistance of Lucas McMahon

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 129.95

    This volume examines the transformation that took place in a wide range of genres in Late Antiquity. Aspects of sacred and secular literature are discussed, alongside chapters on technical writing, monody, epigraphy, epistolography and visual representation. What emerges is the flexibility of genres in the period: late antique authors were not slavish... more...

  • Torture and Brutality in Medieval Literatureby Larissa Tracy

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2015; US$ 29.15

    An ugly subject, but one that needs to be treated thoroughly and comprehensively, with a discreet wit and no excessive relish. These needs are richly satisfied in Larissa Tracy's bold and important book. DEREK PEARSALL, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University. Torture - that most notorious aspect of medieval culture and society - has evolved into... more...

  • Translating Beowulf: Modern Versions in English Verseby Hugh Magennis

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2015; US$ 29.15

    "A senior scholar writing here at the height of his powers and bringing experience and insight to an important topic... the second chapter is one of the best short, general introductions to the artistry of the poem I have read... A dizzying and engaging narrative." Dr Chris Jones, Senior Lecturer in English Poetry, Department of English, University... more...

  • Medievalism: a Critical Historyby David Matthews

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2015; US$ 72.92

    The field known as "medievalism studies" concerns the life of the Middle Ages after the Middle Ages. Originating some thirty years ago, it examines reinventions and reworkings of the medieval from the Reformation to postmodernity, from Bale and Leland to HBO's Game of Thrones . But what exactly is it? An offshoot of medieval studies? A version... more...

  • The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragonsby Liu Hsieh; Vincent Yu-Chung Shih; Vincent Yu-Chung Shih

    New York Review Books 2015; US$ 19.95

    The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons is the first comprehensive work of literary criticism in Chinese, and one that has been considered essential reading for writers and scholars since it was written some 1,500 years ago. A vast compendium of all that was known about Chinese literature at the time, it is simultaneously a taxonomy... more...