M. Baumann et V. Liotsakis (éd.), Digressions in Classical Historiography


Mario Baumann et Vasileios Liotsakis (éd.), Digressions in Classical Historiography, Berlin, 2024.

Éditeur : De Gruyter
Collection : Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes, 150
356 pages
ISBN : 9783111320755
119,95 €

Although digressive discourse constitutes a key feature of Greco-Roman historiography, we possess no collective volume on the matter. The chapters of this book fill this gap by offering an overall view of the use of digressions in Greco-Roman historical prose from its beginning in the 5th century BCE up to the Imperial Era. Ancient historiographers traditionally took as digressions the cases in which they interrupted their focused chronological narration. Such cases include lengthy geographical descriptions, prolepses or analepses, and authorial comments. Ancient historiographers rarely deign to interrupt their narration's main storyline with excursuses which are flagrantly disconnected from it. Instead, they often "coat" their digressions with distinctive patterns of their own thinking, thus rendering them ideological and thematic milestones within an entire work. Furthermore, digressions may constitute pivotal points in the very structure of ancient historical narratives, while ancient historians also use excursuses to establish a dialogue with their readers and to activate them in various ways. All these aspects of digressions in Greco-Roman historiography are studied in detail in the chapters of this volume.


Source : De Gruyter


W. J. Tatum, A Noble Ruin. Mark Antony, Civil War, and the Collapse of the Roman Republic


W. Jeffrey Tatum, A Noble Ruin. Mark Antony, Civil War, and the Collapse of the Roman Republic, Oxford, 2023.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
496 pages
ISBN : 9780197694909
$ 34.95

A complex and captivating portrait of Mark Antony that offers a fresh perspective on the fall of the Roman Republic
In his lifetime, Mark Antony was a famous man. Ally and avenger of Julius Caesar, rhetorical target of Cicero, lover of Cleopatra, and mortal enemy of Octavian (the future emperor Augustus), Antony played a leading role in the transformation of the Roman world. Ever since his and Cleopatra's demise at the hands of Octavian, he has remained famous, or infamous, a figure of recurring fascination.
His life--variegated, passionate, sensual, bold, and tragic--inspires vigorous reactions. Nearly everyone has a view on Antony. For Cicero, he was a distasteful though talented man. Octavian fashioned him a dangerous failure, a Roman noble corrupted by his appetites and his lust for Cleopatra. Later historians adopted and adapted these themes, delivering their readers an Antony who was irresistibly depraved, startlingly brave, sometimes cunning, but almost always constitutionally incapable of choosing the right side of history. From these, especially Plutarch's compelling portrait, Shakespeare gave us the chivalrous and unstudied Antony of Antony and Cleopatra.

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C. Lanéry-Ouvrard, L’hagiographie latine à Rome et en Italie du Sud entre 550 et 750


Cécile Lanéry-Ouvrard, L'hagiographie latine à Rome et en Italie du Sud entre 550 et 750, Turnhout, 2024.

Éditeur : Brepols
Collection : Corpus Christianorum. Hagiographies, 9
962 pages
ISBN : 978-2-503-60028-4
385 € EXCL. VAT.

Dans l'Italie des VIe-VIIIe siècles, déchirée entre Lombards et Byzantins, l'hagiographie fut la forme littéraire la plus pratiquée, et sans doute aussi la plus communément appréciée. À Rome et en Italie du Sud, clercs et moines s'affairèrent à composer en latin, ou à traduire du grec en latin, des textes qui témoignaient de leur dévotion pour les martyrs du temps des persécutions. Leurs récits romanesques, de qualité et d'intérêt très divers, accompagnèrent ainsi l'entrée de la péninsule dans le Moyen Âge. Ils alimentèrent la curiosité des pèlerins et des fidèles pour les saints anciens, comme pour ceux, venus d'Orient, dont le culte avait pris plus récemment racine en Italie. Ce gisement documentaire, vestige inestimable d'une époque contrastée et parfois dramatique, est toutefois d'un abord difficile : les pièces concernées constituent un ensemble complexe de dossiers enchevêtrés, de textes anonymes, souvent très approximativement datés ou localisés.

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