J. France, Finances publiques, intérêts privés dans le monde romain

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Jérôme France, Finances publiques, intérêts privés dans le monde romain, Bordeaux, 2017.

Éditeur : Ausonius Éditions
Collection : Scripta antiqua
648 pages
ISBN : 9782356131812
30 €

Cet ouvrage rassemble plus de vingt articles écrits par un spécialiste de la fiscalité romaine, auxquels s'ajoute le texte inédit de son mémoire d'habilitation consacré aux personnels de l'administration financière de l'empire romain. S'adressant à tous ceux qu'intéresse l'histoire de cette construction hégémonique qu'on a souvent présentée comme un modèle de rapacité, ce recueil n'offre pas seulement une immersion dans le monde peu populaire des publicains et des percepteurs d'impôt. En s'efforçant de dépasser les clichés hérités des Anciens eux-mêmes, il propose un regard approfondi et nuancé sur des domaines variés où se croisaient à la fois la sphère des prélèvements d'État et la structure ramifiée de leur appareil de gestion, les partenaires privés, qui profitaient des opportunités offertes par l'affermage des revenus publics, et l'ensemble des populations provinciales, enfin, que le pouvoir romain soumettait à sa demande fiscale tout en présentant le paiement régulier de l'impôt comme la condition de la sécurité qu'il leur garantissait en retour – et qui n'était autre que la fameuse “paix romaine”. Au fond, une question traverse ces pages : l'administration romaine n'était-elle qu'une entreprise sophistiquée de racket impérial ou bien concourait-elle à une forme originale d'association du centre et des périphéries ?

This book brings together more than twenty articles by a specialist on Roman taxation, plus his post-doctoral dissertation on the staffing of the Roman Empire's financial administration. For everyone interested in the history of this hegemonic construction, which has often been presented as a model of rapaciousness, this collection provides more than just a plunge into the unpopular world of publicans and tax collectors. In attempting to go beyond the clichés passed down by the Ancients themselves, it proposes an in-depth and nuanced view of varied domains in which the sphere of state levies and the ramified structure of the inspection apparatus intersected with private partners, who made the most of opportunities arising from the farming out of public revenue collection, and all of the provincial populations, which Roman rule subjected to its fiscal pressure while presenting the regular payment of taxes as the precondition for the security it ensured in return – and which was nothing other than the celebrated pax romana. A fundamental question runs through these pages: Was the Roman administration just sophisticated imperial racketeering or did it contribute to an original form of association between the core and the peripheries?


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Br. M. Rogers et B. Eldon Stevens, Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy

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Brett M. Rogers et Benjamin Eldon Stevens (éd.), Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy, Oxford, 2017.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
384 pages
ISBN : 9780190610067
22,99 £

 

Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy is the first collection of essays in English focusing on how fantasy draws deeply on ancient Greek and Roman mythology, philosophy, literature, history, art, and cult practice. Presenting fifteen all-new essays intended for both scholars and other readers of fantasy, this volume explores many of the most significant examples of the modern genre-including the works of H. P. Lovecraft, J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones series, and more-in relation to important ancient texts such as Aeschylus' Oresteia, Aristotle's Poetics, Virgil's Aeneid, and Apuleius' The Golden Ass. These varied studies raise fascinating questions about genre, literary and artistic histories, and the suspension of disbelief required not only of readers of fantasy but also of students of antiquity. Ranging from harpies to hobbits, from Cyclopes to Cthulhu, and all manner of monster and myth in-between, this comparative study of Classics and fantasy reveals deep similarities between ancient and modern ways of imagining the world. Although antiquity and the present day differ in many ways, at its base, ancient literature resonates deeply with modern fantasy's image of worlds in flux and bodies in motion.

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Metamorfosi: Identità in smottamento

Metamorfosi: Identità in smottamento

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Date limite : 10 Octobre 2017

 

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CALL FOR PAPERS:
Metamorfosi: identità in smottamento
Urbino (Italia) - 30 novembre e 1 dicembre 2017


In occasione del bimillenario della morte di Ovidio, l'Associazione Culturale Rodopis e il Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici dell'Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo organizzano un Workshop Internazionale dal titolo “Metamorfosi: identità in smottamento”.

Senza dubbio le Metamorfosi sono oggi l'opera più nota del poeta latino: alcuni dei personaggi dell'opera, entrando a diverso titolo nell'immaginario dell'uomo contemporaneo, sono stati al centro di riflessioni, opere d'arte, ulteriori elaborazioni letterarie. Il dramma vissuto da Narciso, Dafne, Ermafrodito (per non fornire che pochi esempi) ci parla e coinvolge da vicino: è il dramma della trasformazione in atto, del momento stesso in cui non si è più e non si è ancora; è la tragedia del confronto con un'alterità che diventa endemica benché respinta, o della difficoltà di abbandonare una forma originaria per abbracciarne un'altra, della tensione al mutamento e a una continua evoluzione che non sempre trova conclusione. Le vicende dei personaggi ovidiani inducono a interrogarsi sulla propria identità, su ciò che rende uguali a se stessi, su cosa garantisca il permanere di un'essenza percepita come irrinunciabile e, d'altra parte, sulla possibilità di rinnegare, dimenticare, superare sé stessi per diventare altro.

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K. Gervais, Statius: Thebaid 2

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Kyle Gervais, Statius: Thebaid 2, Oxford, 2017.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
432 pages
ISBN : 9780198744702
100 £

 

Composed towards the end of the first century CE, Statius' Thebaid relates the myth of the 'Seven against Thebes': the assault of the seven champions of Argos on the ancient city in a bid to oust Eteocles, son of Oedipus, from his throne in favour of his brother, Polynices. Book 2 presents several key events in the build-up to the Theban war: Eteocles' haunting by the ghost of his grandfather Laius, the ill-omened weddings of Polynices and his ally Tydeus to the princesses of Argos, and Tydeus' failed embassy to Eteocles, leading to his famed victory over a Theban ambush.

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