A. A. Long, Epictetus. How to Be Free An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life

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Anthony Arthur Long (éd.), Epictetus. How to Be Free An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life, Princeton, 2018.

Éditeur : Princeton University Press
232 pages
ISBN : 9780691183909
$ 16.95

Epictetus. Encheiridion and Selections from Discourses. Translated and with an introduction by A. A. Long.
A superb new edition of Epictetus's famed handbook on Stoicism—translated by one of the world's leading authorities on Stoic philosophy
Born a slave, the Roman Stoic philosopher Epictetus (c. 55–135 AD) taught that mental freedom is supreme, since it can liberate one anywhere, even in a prison. In How to Be Free, A. A. Long—one of the world's leading authorities on Stoicism and a pioneer in its remarkable contemporary revival—provides a superb new edition of Epictetus's celebrated guide to the Stoic philosophy of life (the Encheiridion) along with a selection of related reflections in his Discourses.
Freedom, for Epictetus, is not a human right or a political prerogative but a psychological and ethical achievement, a gift that we alone can bestow on ourselves. We can all be free, but only if we learn to assign paramount value to what we can control (our motivations and reactions), treat what we cannot control with equanimity, and view our circumstances as opportunities to do well and be well, no matter what happens to us through misfortune or the actions of other people.
How to Be Free features splendid new translations and the original Greek on facing pages, a compelling introduction that sets Epictetus in context and describes the importance of Stoic freedom today, and an invaluable glossary of key words and concepts. The result is an unmatched introduction to this powerful method of managing emotions and handling life's situations, from the most ordinary to the most demanding.

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I. T. Cardoso et M. Martinho (éd.), Cícero: obra e recepção

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Isabella Tardin Cardoso et Marcos Martinho (éd.), Cícero: obra e recepção, Coimbra, 2019.

Éditeur : Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra
236 pages
ISBN : 978‑989‑26‑1670‑4

O livro reúne sete ensaios acerca de Cícero compostos por uma equipa internacional de especialistas neste Autor. Os ensaios distribuem-se entre duas seções: na primeira, estudos de obras de Cícero (os diálogos: Lucullus, De finibus, De oratore, De officiis); na segunda, estudos da recepção antiga e também tardia de Cícero (em Sêneca, em Petrarca, em Erasmo).


A tradição manuscrita do Lucullllus de Cícero: do corpus Leidense a William de Malmesbury e à fortuna no período humanístico
Malaspina, Ermanno

Cícero em Atenas: a Academia em cena no livro V do De finibus bonorum et malorum
Lima, Sidney Calheiros De

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C. Bishop, Cicero, Greek Learning, and the Making of a Roman Classic

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Caroline Bishop, Cicero, Greek Learning, and the Making of a Roman Classic, Oxford, 2019.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
384 pages
ISBN : 9780198829423
$ 99.00

The Roman statesman, orator, and author Marcus Tullius Cicero is the embodiment of a classic: his works have been read continuously from antiquity to the present, his style is considered the model for classical Latin, and his influence on Western ideas about the value of humanistic pursuits is both deep and profound. However, despite the significance of subsequent reception in ensuring his canonical status, Cicero, Greek Learning, and the Making of a Roman Classic demonstrates that no one is more responsible for Cicero's transformation into a classic than Cicero himself, and that in his literary works he laid the groundwork for the ways in which he is still remembered today.
The volume presents a new way of understanding Cicero's career as an author by situating his textual production within the context of the growth of Greek classicism: the movement had begun to flourish shortly before his lifetime and he clearly grasped its benefits both for himself and for Roman literature more broadly. By strategically adapting classic texts from the Greek world, and incorporating into his adaptations the interpretations of the Hellenistic philosophers, poets, rhetoricians, and scientists who had helped enshrine those works as classics, he could envision and create texts with classical authority for a parallel Roman canon.

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Ph. Freeman (éd.), Cicero. How to Be a Friend An Ancient Guide to True Friendship

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Philip Freeman (éd.), Cicero. How to Be a Friend An Ancient Guide to True Friendship, Princeton, 2018.

Éditeur : Princeton University Press
208 pages
ISBN : 9780691183893
$ 16.95

A splendid new translation of one of the greatest books on friendship ever written.
In a world where social media, online relationships, and relentless self-absorption threaten the very idea of deep and lasting friendships, the search for true friends is more important than ever. In this short book, which is one of the greatest ever written on the subject, the famous Roman politician and philosopher Cicero offers a compelling guide to finding, keeping, and appreciating friends. With wit and wisdom, Cicero shows us not only how to build friendships but also why they must be a key part of our lives. For, as Cicero says, life without friends is not worth living.
Filled with timeless advice and insights, Cicero's heartfelt and moving classic—written in 44 BC and originally titled De Amicitia—has inspired readers for more than two thousand years, from St. Augustine and Dante to Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Presented here in a lively new translation with the original Latin on facing pages and an inviting introduction, How to Be a Friend explores how to choose the right friends, how to avoid the pitfalls of friendship, and how to live with friends in good times and bad. Cicero also praises what he sees as the deepest kind of friendship—one in which two people find in each other “another self” or a kindred soul.
An honest and eloquent guide to finding and treasuring true friends, How to Be a Friend speaks as powerfully today as when it was first written.

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J. S. Romm (éd.), How to Die An Ancient Guide to the End of Life

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James S. Romm (éd.), How to Die An Ancient Guide to the End of Life, Princeton, 2018.

Éditeur : Princeton University Press
256 pages
ISBN : 9781400889488

Timeless wisdom on death and dying from the celebrated Stoic philosopher Seneca.
"It takes an entire lifetime to learn how to die," wrote the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca (c. 4 BC–65 AD). He counseled readers to "study death always," and took his own advice, returning to the subject again and again in all his writings, yet he never treated it in a complete work. How to Die gathers in one volume, for the first time, Seneca's remarkable meditations on death and dying. Edited and translated by James S. Romm, How to Die reveals a provocative thinker and dazzling writer who speaks with a startling frankness about the need to accept death or even, under certain conditions, to seek it out.
Seneca believed that life is only a journey toward death and that one must rehearse for death throughout life. Here, he tells us how to practice for death, how to die well, and how to understand the role of a good death in a good life. He stresses the universality of death, its importance as life's final rite of passage, and its ability to liberate us from pain, slavery, or political oppression.
Featuring beautifully rendered new translations, How to Die also includes an enlightening introduction, notes, the original Latin texts, and an epilogue presenting Tacitus's description of Seneca's grim suicide.

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K. E. Shannon-Henderson, Religion and Memory in Tacitus' Annals

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Kelly E. Shannon-Henderson, Religion and Memory in Tacitus' Annals, Oxford, 2019.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
Collection : Oxford Classical Monographs
432 pages
ISBN : 9780198832768
$ 119.95

Throughout his narrative of Julio-Claudian Rome in the Annals, Tacitus includes numerous references to the gods, fate, fortune, astrology, omens, temples, priests, the emperor cult, and other religious material. Though scholars have long considered Tacitus' discussion of religion of minor importance, this volume demonstrates the significance of such references to an understanding of the work as a whole by analyzing them using cultural memory theory, which views religious ritual as a key component in any society's efforts to create a lived version of the past that helps define cultural identity in the present. Tacitus, who was not only an historian, but also a member of Rome's quindecimviral priesthood, shows a marked interest in even the most detailed rituals of Roman religious life, yet his portrayal of religious material also suggests that the system is under threat with the advent of the principate. Some traditional rituals are forgotten as the shape of the Roman state changes while, simultaneously, a new form of cultic commemoration develops as deceased emperors are deified and the living emperor and his family members are treated in increasingly worshipful ways by his subjects. This study traces the deployment of religious material throughout Tacitus' narrative in order to show how he views the development of this cultic "amnesia" over time, from the reign of the cryptic, autocratic, and oddly mystical Tiberius, through Claudius' failed attempts at reviving tradition, to the final sacrilegious disasters of the impious Nero. As the first book-length treatment of religion in the Annals, it reveals how these references are a key vehicle for his assessment of the principate as a system of government, the activities of individual emperors, and their impact on Roman society and cultural identity.


Source : Oxford University Press


Césaire d'Arles et les Cinq Continents. Volume II

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Césaire d'Arles et les Cinq Continents. Volume II, Venelles, 2019.

Éditeur : Aux sources de la Provence
Collection : Césaire d'Arles et les cinq continents
280 pages
ISBN : 978-2-9541568-2-8

Après avoir publié en septembre 2017 le premier tome de la collection "Césaire d'Arles et les Cinq Continents" qui a réuni 21 communications d'auteurs de 10 pays de quatre continents, l'Association Aux Sources de La Provence présente dans ce volume II 15 contributions, traduites en français et en anglais, d'auteurs de six nationalités qui sont soit des hommes de science, soit des historiens érudits. Cette collection a, en effet, pour but de nous éclairer sur une figure marquante de notre patrimoine intellectuel et spirituel, un homme plein de fougue, un prédicateur inlassable, le plus prolixe du monde latin après saint Augustin. Elle donne la parole aux meilleurs spécialistes qui font part de leurs savoirs sous forme synthétique dans de brefs chapitres.
De fait, Césaire d'Arles suscite un immense intérêt, davantage même hors de France que dans son pays. Il est l'objet de publications et de recherches qui se comptent par centaines, en une douzaine de langues. Nous ne manquerons pas d'en faire état en temps opportun. Dans ce tome II nous poursuivons la présentation de travaux concernant ses 238 sermons et les 5 conciles dont il a été un acteur majeur, lesquels seront traduits en français dans un avenir que nous souhaitons proche.

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