W. V. Harris, Roman Power. A Thousand Years of Empire

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William Vernon Harris, Roman Power. A Thousand Years of Empire, Cambridge, 2019.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
ISBN : 9781316606667
19,99 £


The Roman Empire was one of the largest and most enduring in world history. In his new book, distinguished historian W. V. Harris sets out to explain, within an eclectic theoretical framework, the waxing and eventual waning of Roman imperial power, together with the Roman community's internal power structures (political power, social power, gender power and economic power). Effectively integrating analysis with a compelling narrative, he traces this linkage between the external and the internal through three very long periods, and part of the originality of the book is that it almost uniquely considers both the gradual rise of the Roman Empire and its demise as an empire in the fifth and seventh centuries AD. Professor Harris contends that comparing the Romans of these diverse periods sharply illuminates both the growth and the shrinkage of Roman power as well as the Empire's extraordinary durability.

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St. L. Dyson, Archaeology, Ideology, and Urbanism in Rome from the Grand Tour to Berlusconi

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Stephen L. Dyson, Archaeology, Ideology, and Urbanism in Rome from the Grand Tour to Berlusconi, Cambridge, 2019.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
340 pages
ISBN : 9780521874595
75 £


Rome is one of the world's greatest archaeological sites, preserving many major monuments of the classical past. It is also a city with an important post-Roman history and home to both the papacy and the modern Italian state. Archaeologists have studied the ruins, and popes and politicians have used them for propaganda programs. Developers and preservationists have fought over what should and should not be preserved. This book tells the story of those complex, interacting developments over the past three centuries, from the days of the Grand Tour through the arrival of the fascists, which saw more destruction but also an unprecedented use of the remains for political propaganda. In post-war Rome, urban development predominated over archaeological preservation and much was lost. However, starting in the 1970s, preservationists have fought back, saving much and making the city into Europe's most important case study in historical preservation and historical loss.

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Cl. Moser, The Altars of Republican Rome and Latium: Sacrifice and the Materiality of Roman Religion

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Claudia Moser, The Altars of Republican Rome and Latium: Sacrifice and the Materiality of Roman Religion, Cambridge, 2019.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
217 pages
ISBN : 9781108428859
75 £

In this book, Claudia Moser offers a new understanding of Roman religion in the Republican era through an exploration of sacrifice, its principal ritual. Examining the long-term imprint of sacrificial practices on the material world, she focuses on monumental altars as the site for the act of sacrifice. Piecing together the fragments of the complex kaleidoscope of Roman religious practices, she shows how they fit together in ways that shed new light on the characteristic diversity of Roman religion. This study reorients the study of sacrificial practice in three principal ways: first, by establishing the primacy of sacred architecture, rather than individual action, in determining religious authority; second, by viewing religious activities as haptic, structured experiences in the material world rather than as expressions of doctrinal, belief-based mentalities; and third, by considering Roman sacrifice as a local, site-specific ritual rather than as a single, monolithic practice.

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Chr. Cusset (éd.), Redécouvrir l'Apparition de Ménandre

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Christophe Cusset (éd.), Redécouvrir l'Apparition de Ménandre, Paris, 2019.

Éditeur : l'Harmattan
Collection : Études grecques
270 pages
ISBN : 978-2-343-17246-0
29 €

La découverte du papyrus Bodmer au milieu du siècle dernier a restitué une pièce complète de Ménandre(342-292) : "Dyscolos". Depuis les études sur le fameux dramaturge se sont beaucoup développées. Si les éditions des pièces les mieux conservées de Ménandre se sont multipliées ces dernières années, il convient aussi de revisiter les pièces plus fragmentaires à la lumière de nos dernières connaissance sur le sujet. C'est dans cette perspective qu'est menée ici une étude renouvelée des fragments de la pièce intitulée "L'Apparition" dont l'importance est attestée par de nombreux témoins.

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S. Beta, Moi, un manuscrit. Autobiographie de l'Anthologie palatine

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Simone Beta, Moi, un manuscrit. Autobiographie de l'Anthologie palatine, Paris, 2019.

Éditeur : Les Belles Lettres
210 pages
ISBN : 9782251449296
17,00 €

Je suis né à Constantinople vers 950 après J.-C. Je ne connais pas le nom exact de mon père, même si je n'ignore pas que bien des hommes ont contribué, d'une manière ou d'une autre, à ma naissance. Je sais en revanche qui était ma mère : un animal (une génisse, une brebis, ou une chèvre) qui, à sa mort, a donné aux hommes sa tendre peau afin que mes nombreux pères puissent écrire à sa surface, chacun à l'aide de son stylet à la pointe de métal trempée dans une encre plus ou moins foncée tirée de la noix de galle, les textes fort précieux que j'ai portés en moi jusqu'à votre époque, à vous qui venez à peine de commencer à lire l'histoire de ma vie.
Je suis un manuscrit, vous l'aurez compris – plus précisément, le manuscrit qui contient l'Anthologie palatine, un recueil d'épigrammes.

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M. P. Hanagan, Reading Sidonius' Epistles

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Michael P. Hanagan, Reading Sidonius' Epistles, Cambridge, 2019.

Éditeur : Cambridge University Press
256 pages
ISBN : 9781108429214
75 £

Sidonius Apollinaris' letters offer a vivid series of glimpses into an otherwise sparsely documented period. His rich anecdotes feature the events, characters, and moments that defined his life, ranging from the treason trial of Arvandus to the Visigothic raiding of Clermont, from the corrupt and vile Seronatus to the holy widow Eutropia, and the day-to-day incidents that confronted a Gallo-Roman poet, aristocrat, and bishop as the Late Roman West transitioned into the barbarian successor kingdoms. Like any good storyteller, Sidonius exploited a wide array of narratological tools, manipulating temporality for dramatic effect, sketching his heroes and villains in vivid detail, and recreating witty dialogue in a collection that is highly organised and carefully strategised. This book provides a fuller understanding of his contribution to Latin literature, as a careful arranger of his self-image, a perceptive exploiter of narrative dynamics, and an influential figure in Late Antique Gaul.

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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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