W. Ameling et alii, Corpus Inscriptionum Iudaeae/Palaestinae (IV, 1)

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Walter Ameling et alii (éd.), Corpus Inscriptionum Iudaeae/Palaestinae (IV, 1): Iudaea / Idumaea, Part 1: 2649-3324, Berlin, 2018.

Éditeur : De Gruyter
xlii, 757 pages
ISBN : 978-3-11-054421-3
149,95 €


Anyone involved in the study of ancient Iudaea/Palaestina and its vicinity has felt the need for a comprehensive work containing all the inscriptions in various languages found in the region. The lack of such a work was all the more regrettable, as the material concerns not only those interested in the region, but also students of a great variety of related subjects, such as the history of the ancient Near East, ancient Jewish history and early Christianity, and, of course, historians of the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods.
A group of scholars from Israel and Germany is now producing such a corpus. It contains all the inscriptions from the time of Graeco-Roman rule in the area, from the time of Alexander until the end of Byzantine rule in Palestine around 640. The territory covered is the strip between the Mediterranean and the river Jordan, the Negev, and the Golan Heights. Unlike traditional corpora of inscriptions it is intended to include inscriptions in all languages represented: not only Greek and Latin, but also Semitic languages, primarily Hebrew, Aramaic (Jewish, Samaritan, Nabataean, Christian and Syriac), Thamudic and the Caucasian languages. The advantages of such a Corpus are obvious: all cultural phenomena expressed in inscriptions can be seen together. The inscriptions are presented within their specific context, and complemented by a translation and commentary; where available, the texts are accompanied by a reproduction.
Each volume of the edition is dedicated to a specific region: Vol. 1 Jerusalem, Vol. 2 Caesarea and the Middle Coast, Vol. 3 South Coast, Vol. 4 Judea/Idumea, Vol. 5 Galilee, Vol. 6 Negev. The whole Corpus is planned to be published by 2020.

Volume IV/1 of the CIIP includes all inscriptions from the regions known as Judea and Idumea in ancient times. It does not include Jerusalem, whose inscriptions were previously presented in Volume 1. The inscriptions are epigraphic texts in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic, Georgian, and Armenian.

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M. Kersten, Blut auf Pharsalischen Feldern: Lucans Bellum Ciuile und Vergils Georgica

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Markus Kersten, Blut auf Pharsalischen Feldern: Lucans Bellum Ciuile und Vergils Georgica, Göttingen, 2018.

Éditeur : Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Collection : Hypomnemata
358 pages
ISBN : 978-3-525-31055-7
100 €

Die Arbeit untersucht Lucans »Georgica«-Rezeption und geht von der thematischen Voraussetzung aus, dass das spätere Gedicht gewissermaßen als ein prequel für das frühere zu verstehen ist. Zur Analyse dient hierbei das Konzept ›metapoetischer Realismus‹. Damit ist es möglich, zwei potentiell verschiedene intertextuelle Phänomene zu vergleichen: die effektive Präsenz literarischer Kultur auf der Ebene der Eposhandlung einerseits und solche Formen von Intertextualität andererseits, die streng genommen nur für die Leser des Gedichtes wirksam sind. Letzteren zeigt Lucan, wie sich der Bürgerkrieg in dem historischen Moment ereignet, als bisherige kulturelle Standards nicht mehr und die der augusteischen Literatur noch nicht wirksam waren. Der für die »Georgica« wie für die gesamte Dichtung Vergils charakteristische Anspruch, die Folgen des Krieges zu überwinden und in eine Phase höherer Kultur einzutreten, wird von Lucan nicht ›anti-vergilisch‹ ad absurdum geführt, sondern mit Blick auf die keineswegs ausgesöhnte neronische Gegenwart eingefordert. Damit wird zugleich nach dem Wert literarischer Kultur gefragt. Das Handeln der ›Helden‹ Lucans erscheint vor dem Hintergrund der »Georgica« gerade als fundamentale Ursache für den Skandal des Krieges; eine Heroisierung von Caesar, Pompeius oder Cato ist unmöglich. Die Diskussion um eine entweder ›positive‹ oder ›negative‹ Aussage des Gedichts und insbesondere des programmatischen Nerolobs ist angesichts dieser Befunde verfehlt.


Source : Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht


A. Carandini (éd.), The Atlas of Ancient Rome Biography and Portraits of the City

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Andrea  Carandini (éd.), The Atlas of Ancient Rome Biography and Portraits of the City, Princeton, 2017.

Éditeur : Princeton University Press
1280 pages
ISBN : 9780691163475
199 $

The Atlas of Ancient Rome provides a comprehensive archaeological survey of the city of Rome from prehistory to the early medieval period. Lavishly illustrated throughout with full-color maps, drawings, photos, and 3D reconstructions, this magnificent two-volume slipcased edition features the latest discoveries and scholarship, with new descriptions of more than 500 monuments, including the Sanctuary of Vesta, the domus Augusti, and the Mausoleum of Augustus. It is destined to become the standard reference for scholars, students, and anyone interested in the history of the city of Rome.
The Atlas of Ancient Rome is monumental in scope. It examines the city's topography and political-administrative divisions, trade and economic production, and social landscape and infrastructure—from residential neighborhoods and gardens to walls, roads, aqueducts, and sewers. It describes the fourteen regions of Rome and the urban history of each in unprecedented detail, and includes profiles and reconstructions of major monuments and works of art. This is the only atlas of the ancient city to incorporate the most current archaeological findings and use the latest mapping technologies.

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G. Catapano et E. Moro (éd.), Agostino, Commenti alla Genesi

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Giovanni Catapano et Enrico Moro (éd.), Agostino, Commenti alla Genesi, Milano, 2018.

Éditeur : Bompiani Editore
Collection : Il pensiero occidentale
1792 pages
ISBN : 9788845298578
50 €

In questo volume sono pubblicate le tre opere di Agostino di Ippona (354-430) dedicate interamente al commento dei racconti della creazione contenuti nel libro biblico della ''Genesi''. La più importante di queste opere, cioè ''La Genesi alla lettera'' in dodici libri, fu citata dallo stesso Galileo Galilei come modello del corretto rapporto tra esegesi biblica e ricerca scientifica. Il testo contiene molte dottrine rilevanti, a partire da quella delle ragioni causali, che permette di pensare alla creazione come articolata in un momento fondativo originario e in un governo provvidenziale tuttora in corso. Il confronto con le altre due opere qui pubblicate (''La Genesi contro i manichei'' e il ''Libro incompiuto sulla Genesi alla lettera'') consente di cogliere e apprezzare l'evoluzione interna dell'esegesi agostiniana, passata dall'esplicitazione del senso allegorico all'indagine del senso letterale. Il testo latino a fronte riprende quello delle edizioni di riferimento, aggiornandolo in base alle numerose proposte filologiche avanzate successivamente e indicate in apparato.
La traduzione è frutto di un lungo e minuzioso lavoro di analisi del testo e mira a coniugare il più possibile precisione e leggibilità.


Source : Bompiani Editore


M.-A. Julia, Les présentatifs des langues anciennes et modernes

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Marie-Ange Julia, Les présentatifs des langues anciennes et modernes, Thiverval-Grignon, 2018.

Éditeur : Editions Universitaires Européennes
468 pages
ISBN : 978-6138417538
64,90 €

En offrant à la fois une description comparative et une analyse linguistique des présentatifs d'une trentaine de langues anciennes et modernes (principalement du français, du latin et du grec), l'ouvrage tente de définir ce que sont ces « petits mots » très usuels et polyfonctionnels qui, pourtant, sont souvent négligés par les grammaires ou la littérature scientifique. Il se propose d'élargir la vision que donnent les études précédentes sur un ou deux présentatifs d'une même langue ‒ le plus souvent le français ‒, afin de créer la classe même des présentatifs et de porter un regard à la fois synchronique et diachronique sur les rares mots qui la composent. Combinant l'analyse morphologique, syntaxique et l'analyse de la structuration informationnelle, combattant souvent les nombreuses idées reçues à leur sujet, il veut éclairer également la manière dont fonctionnent les présentatifs en langue, depuis leur genèse jusqu'à leur usage actuel ou jusqu'au moment où ils sont sortis de l'usage. Plus que tout autre mot, le présentatif porte témoignage d'une incroyable permanence et, fondamentalement, illustre l'inscription du dialogue dans la morphologie.




J. E. G. Zetzel, Critics, Compilers, and Commentators

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James E. G. Zetzel, Critics, Compilers, and Commentators. An Introduction to Roman Philology, 200 BCE-800 CE, Oxford, 2018.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
446 pages
ISBN : 9780195380514
£ 64

"To teach correct Latin and to explain the poets" were the two standard duties of Roman teachers. Not only was a command of literary Latin a prerequisite for political and social advancement, but a sense of Latin's history and importance contributed to the Romans' understanding of their own cultural identity. Put plainly, philology — the study of language and texts — was important at Rome.
Critics, Compilers, and Commentators is the first comprehensive introduction to the history, forms, and texts of Roman philology. James Zetzel traces the changing role and status of Latin as revealed in the ways it was explained and taught by the Romans themselves. In addition, he provides a descriptive bibliography of hundreds of scholarly texts from antiquity, listing editions, translations, and secondary literature. Recovering a neglected but crucial area of Roman intellectual life, this book will be an essential resource for students of Roman literature and intellectual history, medievalists, and historians of education and language science.


Source : Oxford University Press


D. Konstan, In the Orbit of Love Affection in Ancient Greece and Rome

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David Konstan, In the Orbit of Love Affection in Ancient Greece and Rome, Oxford, 2018.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
Collection : Classical studies
232 pages
ISBN : 9780190887872
£ 20

This book is about love in the classical world — not erotic passion but the kind of love that binds together intimate members of a family and very close friends, but which may also extend to include a wider range of individuals for whom we care deeply. David Konstan begins the book with a discussion of friendship, focusing particularly on the Greek notion that in friendship the identities of two friends all but merge into one. The book then turns to the question of loyalty, and why loyalty seems not to have achieved the status of a virtue in classical thought, before considering love in relation to generosity, favors, and gratitude. There follows a discussion of grief, which is a symptom of the loss of a loved one. The book concludes with an examination of love as the basis of civic solidarity.

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