Histoire générale de l'Empire romain, tome 3 : Le Bas-Empire, 284-395

By Paul Petit

Histoire générale de l'Empire romain3. Le Bas-EmpireThéodose réunit en ses mains pour l. a. dernière fois le gouvernement de l'Empire tout entier. Bien que les contemporains ne semblent pas en avoir senti l'importance, l. a. date de 395 est l'une de celles qui marquent l. a. fin de l'Empire romain. Quelles sont les "causes de los angeles chute de l'Empire romain" ? Le destin des grandes civilisations est-il de disparaître ?Depuis le XVIIIe siècle ont été élaborées des explications "unitaristes" qui attribuent cette ruine à une reason distinctive, ou tenue pour essentielle. Paul Petit suggest, au contraire, de multiplier les explanations et de souligner los angeles survie des formes romaines de civilisation. Il est en tout cas un fait à ne jamais perdre de vue : entre 395 et 410, ce n'est pas l. a. chute de l'Empire romain qui se produit, mais los angeles définitive séparation entre l'Orient et l'Occident.Paul Petit (1914-1981)A été professeur d'histoire ancienne à l'université des sciences sociales de Grenoble-II.

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Menander, New Comedy and the Visual (Cambridge Classical Studies)

By Antonis K. Petrides

This publication argues that New Comedy has a much richer functionality texture than has formerly been recognized. supplying shut readings of all of the significant performs of Menander, it exhibits how intertextuality - the sustained discussion of latest Comedy functionality with the varied ideological, philosophical, literary and theatrical discourses of up to date polis tradition - is essential in growing semantic intensity and hence offsetting the effect that the plots are simplistic love tales without political or ideological resonances. It additionally explores how the visible point of the performs ('opsis') is simply as very important as any verbal technique of signification - a phenomenon termed 'intervisuality', studying specifically intensity the ways that the masks can infuse quite a few structures of reference into the play. mask just like the panchrēstos neaniskos (the 'all-perfect youth'), for instance, are actually choked with that means; therefore, with their ideologically marked physiognomies, they are often robust instigators of literary and cultural allusion.

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Restless Dead: Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece

By Sarah Iles Johnston

During the archaic and classical classes, Greek principles concerning the useless advanced based on altering social and cultural conditions—most particularly adjustments linked to the improvement of the polis, akin to funerary laws, and adjustments as a result of elevated contacts with cultures of the traditional close to East. In Restless Dead, Sarah Iles Johnston provides and translates those adjustments, utilizing them to construct a posh photo of ways within which the society of the lifeless mirrored that of the residing, expressing and defusing its tensions, reiterating its values and finally turning into a resource of important strength if you knew the way to keep an eye on it. She attracts on either famous assets, akin to Athenian tragedies, and more recent texts, equivalent to the Derveni Papyrus and a lately released lex sacra from Selinous.

Topics of concentration contain the starting place of the goes (the ritual practitioner who made interplay with the lifeless his specialty), the hazard to the residing awarded through the ghosts of these who died dishonorably or upfront, the advance of Hecate right into a mistress of ghosts and its connection to girl rites of transition, and the complicated nature of the Erinyes. Restless Dead culminates with a brand new analyzing of Aeschylus' Oresteia that emphasizes how Athenian fantasy and cult manipulated principles in regards to the useless to serve political and social ends.

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Masters of the Mind: Exploring the Story of Mental Illness from Ancient Times to the New Millennium

By Theodore Millon

The compelling tale of the search to appreciate the human brain - and its ailments

This attractive presentation of our evolving knowing of the human brain and the that means of psychological sickness asks the questions that experience involved philosophers, researchers, clinicians, and traditional individuals for millennia: What motives human habit? What methods underlie own functioning and psychopathology, and what tools paintings most sensible to relieve issues of the brain? Written by way of Theodore Millon, a number one researcher in character conception and psychopathology, it good points dozens of illuminating profiles of recognized clinicians and philosophers.

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Symphosius The Aenigmata: An Introduction, Text and Commentary

The post-classical compilation identified to fashionable scholarship because the Latin Anthology encompasses a selection of 100 riddles, each one such as 3 hexameters and preceded by means of a lemma. it will look from the preface to this assortment that they have been composed extempore at a dinner to have fun the Roman Saturnalia. The paintings used to be to have a defining effect on later collections of riddles; but its name (probably the Aenigmata) has been debated, and nearly not anything is understood approximately its writer: questions have even been requested approximately his identify (Symphosius?) and date (4th-5th centuruy Ad?).

In this variation of the riddles, the Introducion discusses the work's name and its author's id: in addition to his identify and date, it considers his nationwide foundation (North African?) and highbrow history (a expert grammarian?), and argues that he used to be now not Christian, as has been instructed. It examines the Saturnalian heritage to the paintings, environment it in its sociological context, and discusses the author's literary money owed – specially to Martial. The creation additionally explores the author's ordering and association of the riddles, discusses his literary type, Latinity and metre, and reviews in brief on his Nachleben. It concludes with a survey of the textual culture. The remark on each one riddle contains a translation, common notes at the item it describes (with reference, as worthwhile, to museums and artefacts), and dialogue of ways it suits into the ordering of the gathering, of variation readings and, with appropriate representation, of literary, stylistic and metrical issues. different components, reminiscent of background and mythology, also are lined the place appropriate.

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Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up (Sather Classical Lectures)

By Mary Beard

What made the Romans snort? used to be historical Rome a carnival, choked with useful jokes and hearty chuckles? Or was once it a delicately regulated tradition within which the uncontrollable way over laughter was once a strength to fear—a international of wit, irony, and figuring out smiles? How did Romans make experience of laughter? What function did it play on the planet of the legislation courts, the imperial palace, or the spectacles of the arena?

Laughter in historical Rome explores the most interesting, but in addition trickiest, of ancient topics. Drawing on quite a lot of Roman writing—from essays on rhetoric to a surviving Roman shaggy dog story book—Mary Beard tracks down the giggles, smirks, and guffaws of the traditional Romans themselves. From historical “monkey enterprise” to the position of a snicker in a tradition of tyranny, she explores Roman humor from the hilarious, to the momentous, to the surprising.  yet she additionally displays on even greater old questions. what sort of heritage of laughter do we very likely inform? will we ever relatively “get” the Romans’ jokes?

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Cicero on the Emotions: Tusculan Disputations 3 and 4

By Marcus Tullius Cicero, Margaret R. Graver

The 3rd and fourth books of Cicero's Tusculan Disputations care for the character and administration of human emotion: first grief, then the sentiments usually. In a full of life and fascinating sort, Cicero provides the insights of Greek philosophers at the topic, reporting the perspectives of Epicureans and Peripatetics and giving a close account of the Stoic place, which he himself favors for its shut reasoning and ethical earnestness. either the professional and the overall reader can be serious about the Stoics' research of the factors of grief, their type of feelings by means of genus and species, their lists of oddly named personality flaws, and the philosophical debate that develops over the application of anger in politics and war.

Margaret Graver's stylish and idiomatic translation makes Cicero's paintings obtainable not only to classicists yet to an individual attracted to historic philosophy or within the philosophy of emotion. The accompanying remark explains the philosophical options mentioned within the textual content and offers many beneficial parallels from Greek sources.

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Making Men: Sophists and Self-Presentation in Ancient Rome

By Maud W. Gleason

The careers of 2 well known second-century rhetorical virtuosos provide Maud Gleason attention-grabbing insights into the methods old Romans built masculinity in the course of a time marked by means of anxiousness over manly deportment. Declamation was once an exciting artwork shape for the Greeks and bilingual Romans of the second one Sophistic move, and its most sensible practitioners might shuttle the empire appearing in entrance of enraptured audiences. The mastery of rhetoric marked the transition to manhood for all aristocratic electorate and remained the most important to a man's social status. In treating rhetoric as a technique of self-presentation in a face-to-face society, Gleason analyzes the deportment and writings of the 2 Sophists--Favorinus, a eunuch, and Polemo, a guy who met traditional gender expectations--to recommend the methods personality and gender have been perceived.

Physiognomical texts of the period express how carefully males scrutinized each other for minute symptoms of gender deviance in such positive factors as gait, gesture, facial features, and voice. Rhetoricians educated to advance those characteristics in a "masculine" style. analyzing the profitable profession of Favorinus, whose high-pitched voice and florid presentation contrasted sharply with the traditionalist type of Polemo, Gleason indicates, besides the fact that, that perfect masculine habit used to be no longer a monolithic abstraction. In a hugely obtainable research treating the semiotics of deportment and the scientific, cultural, and ethical concerns surrounding rhetorical task, she explores the probabilities of self-presentation within the look for popularity as a speaker and a man.

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Plato's Symposium (Carthage Reprint)

By Stanley Rosen

This is often the 1st full-length research of the Symposium to be released in English, and one of many first English works on Plato to take its bearings by means of the dramatic type of the Platonic discussion, a thesis that was once considered as heterodox on the time yet which this present day is greatly approved by way of students of the main diversified viewpoint. Rosen used to be additionally one of many first to review intimately the philosophical importance of the phenomenon of concrete human sexuality, because it is gifted via Plato within the various characters of the most audio system within the discussion. His research of the theoretical value of pederasty within the discussion used to be hugely debatable on the time, yet is this day permitted as critical to Plato’s dramatic phenomenology of human life.

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Xenophon the Socratic Prince: The Argument of the Anabasis of Cyrus

By Eric Buzzetti

The Anabasis of Cyrus is Xenophon's counterpart to Machiavelli's Prince. The paintings explores the political existence at its height, studying even if morality and virtue could be reconciled in and during rule. Of the 3 version rulers offered within the paintings, crucial is Xenophon himself. he's depicted as leaving his instructor Socrates to develop into the chief of 10000 Greek mercenaries. How did his Socratic schooling aid him reconcile morality with virtue? The Anabasis is a thrilling chronicle of the march to 'The Sea! The Sea!' it's also a looking research of the political value of the Socratic schooling in addition to an creation to the comparative benefits of the political and the philosophic lives.

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