S. R. Huebner et Chr. Laes (dir.), The Single Life in the Roman and Later Roman World

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Sabine R. Huebner et Christian Laes (dir.), The Single Life in the Roman and Later Roman World, Cambridge, 2019.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
422 pages
ISBN : 9781108470179
95 £


Using a variety of historical sources and methodological approaches, this book presents the first large-scale study of single men and women in the Roman world, from the Roman Republic to Late Antiquity and covering virtually all periods of the ancient Mediterranean. It asks how singleness was defined and for what reasons people might find themselves unmarried. While marriage was generally favoured by philosophers and legislators, with the arguments against largely confined to genres like satire and comedy, the advent of Christianity brought about a more complex range of thinking regarding its desirability. Demographic, archaeological and socio-economic perspectives are considered, and in particular the relationship of singleness to the Roman household and family structures. The volume concludes by introducing a number of comparative perspectives, drawn from the early Islamic world and from other parts of Europe down to and including the nineteenth century, in order to highlight possibilities for the Roman world.

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G. La Bua, Cicero and Roman Education

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Giuseppe La Bua, Cicero and Roman Education. The Reception of the Speeches and Ancient Scholarship, Cambridge, 2019.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
406 pages
ISBN : 9781107068582
90 £

 

Cicero saw publication as a means of perpetuating a distinctive image of himself as statesman and orator. He memorialized his spiritual and oratorical self by means of a very solid body of texts. Educationalists and schoolteachers in antiquity relied on Cicero's oratory to supervise the growth of the young into intellectual maturity. By reconstructing the main phases of textual transmission, from the first authorial dissemination of the speeches to the medieval manuscripts, and by re-examining the abundant evidence on Ciceronian scholarship from the first to the sixth century CE, Cicero and Roman Education traces the history of the exegetical tradition on Cicero's oratory and re-assesses the 'didactic' function of the speeches, whose preservation was largely determined by pedagogical factors.

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Cl. Colahan, J. Marszalek et P. Manuel Suárez-Martínez (éd.), El Colloquium elegans de Bernal Díaz de Luco

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Clark Colahan, Jagoda Marszalek et Pedro Manuel Suárez-Martínez (éd.), El Colloquium elegans de Bernal Díaz de Luco. Tradición senequista, eclesiástica y picaresca, Hildesheim, 2018.

Éditeur : Olms
Collection : Noctes Neolatinae, 31
X-304 pages
ISBN : 978-3-487-15663-7
58 €


Juan Bernal Díaz de Luco es bien recordado como portavoz de la reforma moral en la España progresista de principios del XVI, crítico implacable de los males de la Iglesia en el Concilio de Trento, obispo de Calahorra, aliado de Bartolomé de las Casas en el Consejo de Indias, y autor de libros de éxito concebidos para guiar a eclesiásticos de todo rango hacia una conducta más ética. No es tan sabido, en cambio, que era un buen conocedor de la tradición satírica clásica, como evidencia este irónico diálogo menipeo casi olvidado, el Colloquium elegans, que se desarrolla a las puertas del cielo. En él participan las almas recién llegadas de dos clérigos hipócritas y un pastor de ovejas arrepentido, que se defienden de las acusaciones de un demonio que pugna por llevárselos al infierno. La obra se publicó en París solo varios años después de que lo escribiera Luco, siendo estudiante en Salamanca, y evoca los fantasmas del emperador Claudio en la Apocolocyntosis de Séneca y los del papa más notorio de la época, Julio II, en el Iulius exclusus de Erasmo; pero, además, presenta a unos personajes y unos temas que, en una mezcla de ingenio clásico y protesta ética, se plasmarán después en el Lazarillo de Tormes.


Source : Olms

 

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