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L. Holford-Strevens, The disputatio Chori et Praetextati. The Roman Calendar for Beginners

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Leofranc Holford-Strevens, The disputatio Chori et Praetextati. The Roman Calendar for Beginners, Turnhout, 2019.

Éditeur : Brepols
Collection : Studia Traditionis Theologiae 32
X+141 p. pages
ISBN : 978-2-503-58423-2
€45 (excl. TVA + shipping)

The first book of Macrobius' Saturnalia, written probably in the 430s AD, includes a historical exposition of the Roman calendar with a dramatic date some fifty years earlier, set in the mouth of the learned senator Vettius Agorius Praetextatus, followed by more technical detail at the request of an Egyptian named Horus, who as a foreigner is allowed to seek elementary information for which no one brought up in Roman culture would need to ask.
This text was excerpted in early medieval Ireland, with some but by no means all its pagan matter excised, to provide an introduction for those who at best understood the rules of this recent import but not the rationale for them; it is quoted by Bede as Disputatio Chori et Praetextati, Chorus being a corrupted form of Horus.
The excerpt took on a textual life of its own, which the present edition, the first devoted to the Disputatio rather than Macrobius, seeks to clarify; it examines the manuscripts and the relations between them, presents a critical edition with apparatus criticus and translation, and attaches a full-scale commentary concerned above all with the information provided in the text.

 

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K. Pohl, Dracontius: De raptu Helenae. Einleitung, Edition, Übersetzung und Kommentar

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Katharina Pohl, Dracontius: De raptu Helenae. Einleitung, Edition, Übersetzung und Kommentar, Stuttgart, 2019.

Éditeur : Franz Steiner Verlag
Collection : Palingenesia
571 pages
ISBN : 978-3-515-12216-0
86 €

An der Schwelle vom 5. zum 6. Jahrhundert prägte der Anwalt und Dichter Dracontius die literarische Landschaft im vandalischen Nordafrika. Er verfasste sowohl christliche als auch kleinere profane Gedichte verschiedenster Gattungen, teils mythologischen Inhalts. Dieses Nebeneinander von christlichem und traditionell paganem Dichten macht Dracontius zu einem besonders interessanten Forschungsgegenstand. Herausragende Stücke sind seine Epyllia – eine dichterische Form, die im vandalischen Afrika wohl einen besonderen Höhepunkt erreichte, heute jedoch beinahe ausschließlich durch Dracontiusˈ Dichtungen repräsentiert wird. Der Raptus Helenae ist das wahrscheinlich am deutlichsten in der Tradition des Epos stehende Werk des Dichters. Katharina Pohl legt mit diesem Band einen Kommentar dieses letzten bisher unkommentiert gebliebenen Epyllions vor. Neben der detaillierten philologischen Erschließung des 655 Verse umfassenden Gedichts bietet der Band zudem erstmals eine deutsche Übersetzung, eine Edition auf der Grundlage des codex unicus N sowie eine Gesamtinterpretation.

 

Source : Franz Steiner Verlag

 

Cr. Rosillo López, Communicating Public Opinion in the Roman Republic

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Cristina Rosillo López, Communicating Public Opinion in the Roman Republic, Stuttgart, 2019.

Éditeur : Franz Steiner Verlag
Collection : Historia - Einzelschriften
304 pages
ISBN : 978-3-515-12172-9
59 €

From assemblies to courts of justice, from the Senate to the battlefield, from Rome to the provinces: public opinion could vary and take many guises. Roman politicians were aware of its existence and influence, and engaged with it.
This book offers a study of public opinion in the Roman Republic, with an emphasis from the 3rd to 1st centuries BC. It focusses on four main issues: nature and components of public opinion; public opinion in relation to military and administrative questions; the interaction between public opinion and public dialogue and, finally, the transmission of public opinion. It furthermore asks the following question: Who was the populus Romanus? How did public opinion influence specific political or military decisions? Can Habermas' view of public opinion be applied to the Roman Republic? How was the rhetoric of fear applied to public opinion?
Drawing on the more recent interpretations of Roman Republic, this volume studies the mechanisms that make public opinion and politics work at many different levels. It provides an engaging view on political communication and the interaction between the elite and the people.

 

Source : Historia

 

L. Pfuntner, Urbanism and Empire in Roman Sicily

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Laura Pfuntner, Urbanism and Empire in Roman Sicily, Austin, 2019.

Éditeur : University of Texas Press
Collection : Ashley and Peter Larkin Endowment in Greek and Roman Culture
320 pages
ISBN :
55 $

 

Sicily has been the fulcrum of the Mediterranean throughout history. The island's central geographical position and its status as ancient Rome's first overseas province make it key to understanding the development of the Roman Empire. Yet Sicily's crucial role in the empire has been largely overlooked by scholars of classical antiquity, apart from a small number of specialists in its archaeology and material culture.
Urbanism and Empire in Roman Sicily offers the first comprehensive English-language overview of the history and archaeology of Roman Sicily since R. J. A. Wilson's Sicily under the Roman Empire (1990). Laura Pfuntner traces the development of cities and settlement networks in Sicily in order to understand the island's political, economic, social, and cultural role in Rome's evolving Mediterranean hegemony. She identifies and examines three main processes traceable in the archaeological record of settlement in Roman Sicily: urban disintegration, urban adaptation, and the development of alternatives to urban settlement. By expanding the scope of research on Roman Sicily beyond the bounds of the island itself, through comparative analysis of the settlement landscapes of Greece and southern Italy, and by utilizing exciting evidence from recent excavations and surveys, Pfuntner establishes a new empirical foundation for research on Roman Sicily and demonstrates the necessity of including Sicily in broader historical and archaeological studies of the Roman Empire.

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J. Tabolli et O. Cerasuolo (éd.), Veii

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Jacopo Tabolli et Orlando Cerasuolo (éd.), Veii, Austin, 2019.

Éditeur : University of Texas Press
Collection : Cities and Communities of the Etruscans
280 pages
ISBN : 978-1-4773-1725-9
55 $

 

Reputed to be the richest city of Etruria, Veii was one of the most important cities in the ancient Mediterranean world. It was located ten miles northwest of Rome, and the two cities were alternately allied and at war for over three hundred years until Veii fell to Rome in 396 BCE, although the city continued to be inhabited until the Middle Ages. Rediscovered in the seventeenth century, Veii has undergone the longest continuous excavation of any of the Etruscan cities.
The most complete volume on the city in English, Veii presents the research and interpretations of multiple generations of Etruscan scholars who are at the forefront of the discipline. Their essays are grouped into four parts. The first provides a general overview of archaeological excavation at Veii and discusses the different types of methodologies employed over the years. The second part narrates the history of Etruscan occupation of the city and its role in the greater Mediterranean world. The third section examines the surviving material culture of Veii, including pottery, painting, sculpture, metalworking, and architectural terracottas. Finally, the legacy of Veii is discussed, and a chronology of the site is presented. This pioneering research offers all students of the ancient Mediterranean a new understanding of the development of Veii and its territory from the late Bronze Age to the Roman conquest, as well as of the interactions of Veii with nearby sites and territories in central Tyrrhenian Italy.

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Chr. Davies, Blockbusters and the Ancient World Allegory and Warfare in Contemporary Hollywood

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Chris Davies, Blockbusters and the Ancient World Allegory and Warfare in Contemporary Hollywood, Londres-Oxford, 2019.

Éditeur : Bloomsbury Academic
256 pages
ISBN : 9781788313117
85 £

Following the release of Ridley Scott's Gladiator in 2000 the ancient world epic has experienced a revival in studio and audience interest. Building on existing scholarship on the Cold War epics of the 1950s-60s, including Ben-Hur, Spartacus and The Robe, this original study explores the current cycle of ancient world epics in cinema within the social and political climate created by September 11th 2001. Examining films produced against the backdrop of the War on Terror and subsequent invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, this book assesses the relationship between mainstream cinema and American society through depictions of the ancient world, conflict and faith. Davies explores how these films evoke depictions of WWII, the Vietnam War and the Western in portraying warfare in the ancient world, as well discussing the influence of genre hybridisation, narration and reception theory. He questions the extent to which ancient world epics utilise allegory, analogy and allusion to parallel past and present in an industry often dictated by market forces. Featuring analysis of Alexander, Troy, 300, Centurion, The Eagle, The Passion of the Christ and more, this book offers new insight on the continued evolution of the ancient world epic in cinema.

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N. Freer et B. Xinyue (éd.), Reflections and New Perspectives on Virgil's Georgics

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Nicholas Freer et Bobby Xinyue (éd.), Reflections and New Perspectives on Virgil's Georgics, Londres-Oxford, 2019.

Éditeur : Bloomsbury Academic
304 pages
ISBN : 9781350070516
85 £

Virgil's Georgics, the most neglected of the poet's three major works, is brought to life and infused with fresh meanings in this dynamic collection of new readings. The Georgics is shown to be a rich field of inherited and varied literary forms, actively inviting a wide range of interpretations as well as deep reflection on its place within the tradition of didactic poetry.
The essays contained in this volume – contributed by scholars from Australia, Europe and North America – offer new approaches and interpretive methods that greatly enhance our understanding of Virgil's poem. In the process, they unearth an array of literary and philosophical sources which exerted a rich influence on the Georgics but whose impact has hitherto been underestimated in scholarship. A second goal of the volume is to examine how the Georgics – with its profound meditations on humankind, nature, and the socio-political world of its creation – has been (re)interpreted and appropriated by readers and critics from antiquity to the modern era. The volume opens up a number of exciting new research avenues for the study of the reception of the Georgics by highlighting the myriad ways in which the poem has been understood by ancient readers, early modern poets, explorers of the 'New World', and female translators of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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