S. C. Mimouni et M. Scopello, La mystique théorétique et théurgique dans l\'Antiquité gréco-romaine: Judaïsmes et christianismes

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Simon C. Mimouni et Madeleine Scopello (éd.), La mystique théorétique et théurgique dans l'Antiquité gréco-romaine: Judaïsmes et christianismes, Turnhout, 2016.

Éditeur : Brepols
Collection : Judaïsme ancien et origines du christianisme 6
601 pages
ISBN : 978-2-503-56188-2
120

Dans ce volume sont publiés une partie des résultats d'un programme de recherche intitulé «Mystique théorétique et théurgique dans l'Antiquité gréco-romaine» et sous-titré «paganismes, judaïsmes, christianismes»: c'est dire sa diversité, son ouverture et sa portée dans un monde scientifique où le cloisonnement – sans doute rendu inévitable à cause de la variété des sources et concepts – des disciplines et des domaines devient de plus en plus préjudiciable à une perspective globalisante. Ainsi l'objet de ce projet a été de rendre compte non seulement des pratiques mystiques (rituelles ou cultuelles) mais aussi du versant spéculatif ou intellectuel de la mystique tel qu'on le trouve en œuvre, par exemple, dans la philosophie grecque.

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Ph. Bather et Cl. Stocks (éd.), Horace's Epodes. Contexts, Intertexts, and Reception

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Philippa Bather et Claire Stocks (éd.), Horace's Epodes. Contexts, Intertexts, and Reception, Oxford, 2016.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
304 pages
ISBN : 780198746058
70 £

 

Horace's Epodes rank among the most under-valued texts of the early Roman principate. Abrasive in style and riddled with apparent inconsistencies, the Epodes have divided critics from the outset, infuriating and delighting them in equal measure. This collection of essays on the Epodes by new and established scholars seeks to overturn this work's ill-famed reputation and to reassert its place as a valid and valued member of Horace's literary corpus. Building upon a recent surge in scholarly interest in the Epodes, the volume goes one step further by looking beyond the collection itself to highlight the importance of intertext, context, and reception. Covering a wide range of topics including the iambic tradition and aspects of gender, it begins with a consideration of the influences of Greek iambic upon the Epodes and ends with a discussion on their reception during the seventeenth century and beyond. By focusing on the connections that can be drawn between the Epodes and other (ancient) works, as well as between the Epodes themselves, the volume will appeal to new and seasoned readers of the poems. In doing so it demonstrates that this smallest, and seemingly most insignificant, of Horace's works is worthy of a place alongside the much-lauded Satires and Odes.

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E. Neri, Tessellata vitrea tardoantichi e altomedievali: Produzione dei materiali e loro messa in opera

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Elisabetta Neri, Tessellata vitrea tardoantichi e altomedievali: Produzione dei materiali e loro messa in opera, Turnhout, 2016.

Éditeur : Brepols
Collection : Bibliothèque de l'Antiquité Tardive 32
408 pages
ISBN : 978-2-503-56791-4
85 €

The production of mosaic glass and the laying technique of wall mosaic tesserae in Late Antique and Early Medieval times is the subject of this book, focusing in particular on the case of Milan.
The first part examines the production process of glass mosaics, in order to reconstruct the commercial and cultural exchanges of the period being studied. Different tools (ethnoarchaeology, technical recipes, archaeometric analyses, archaeological remains, economic sources, quantitative estimates, restoration reports) are used to track the indica-tors of a workshop producing coloured and gold-leaf mosaic glass-cake, to identify the markers of mosaic glass history and technology, and to detect the material outcome of the actions performed by the mosaicist.
The second part investigates the specific issues of the case of Milan, for which a contradictory literature exists, in terms of chronology and cultural framework of the mosaic art. In particular, it reviews the hypotheses relating to a specific glass production workshop and a school of mosaicists.
The archaeological remains, literary sources, iconographic evidence, and archaeometric analyses, despite their difficult interpretation, allow the identification of three stages of diffusion of the mosaic art in Milan: the late Imperial age, the age of the Goths, and the final centuries of the Early Middle Ages. Four significant cases are analysed: the Imperial mausoleum of St. Victor ad Corpus (4th century), the Basilica of St. Lawrence (early 5th century), the baptistery of St. John ad Fontes (end 5th-6th century) and the Basilica of St. Ambrose (5th-6th and 10th centuries).
This research contributes to several open questions: the technology of glass and gold in a period of technological transition, the mural decoration of Milanese buildings, the choices made by the customers who financed the buildings, the investment required, the social and commercial relations established in order to carry out the works.

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