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Experiencing Hektor

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ISBN: 9781474245449 9781474245463 Year: Pages: 304 Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100085
Subject: Religion
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This book presents a rigorous philological examination of every instance where Hektor enters the Iliad, analysing each entrance's narrative context and style. In so doing, the author challenges and destabilises previous popular and scholarly assumptions about Hektor, and about the Iliad as a whole.

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Authority and Performance

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Book Series: Hypomnemata ISBN: 9783525208687 9783666208683 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100379
Subject: Religion
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One can hardly exaggerate the importance of the church councils in the 5th and 6th centuries. They provide us with great insights into the situation in the late Roman Empire and particularly into the role of the Church at that time. Because of the rich source materials, the dramatic course it took and its overall historical relevance, the Council of Chalcedon (AD 451) is one of the most important events of that period. The decrees of this council led to major upheavals in the Church which continue to this very day. Hagit Amirav presents the first study on the social dynamics and various roles played by the stakeholders of this council, the power plays of the imperial representatives and the bishops, their actions and statements designed to further a consensus. At the centre of this analysis lies Marcian in his dual role as Emperor of the East Roman Empire as well as a central figure in the Church.

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Selected Poems of Gregory of Nazianzus

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Book Series: Hypomnemata ISBN: 9783525252871 9783666252877 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100404
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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St. Gregory of Nazianzus' (ca. AD 330-390) classicizing Christian verse is the earliest Greek verse of its kind that survives in any great quantity. This is a critical edition, with introduction and commentary, of four poems (I.2.17; II.1.10, 19, 32). The commentary is primarily linguistic, but attention is paid to historical and theological matters. The poems' fate in Byzantium is also examined and three Byzantine paraphrases are edited in an appendix.The introduction examines features of Gregory's poetry in general. Gregory was an enthusiastic reader of Callimachus and his use of poetic allusion deserves special attention.

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The Dispute Concerning Rhetoric in Hellenistic Thought

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Book Series: Hypomnemata ISBN: 9783525252949 9783666252945 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100402
Subject: Philosophy
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This study tries to reconstruct the dispute over rhetoric in Hellenistic thought, by using two main interrelated axes. Firstly, it delineates the exact milieu in which this dispute took place, including locations, dates and persons. Secondly, five main arguments used against rhetoric have been reconstructed, all of which concentrate on rhetoric’s claim to be considered an art.

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The Priority of Locomotion in Aristotle’s Physics

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Book Series: Hypomnemata ISBN: 9783525253069 9783666253065 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100401
Subject: Philosophy
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The book inquires into Aristotle’s claim that of the four kinds of change that exist, locomotion is the most fundamental and important kind. In a first step, the author shows that the arguments for the thesis of locomotion’s priority play a crucial role in the argument of Physics VIII and for the understanding of Aristotle’s philosophy of nature in general. The main focus of the book lies on the thorough and careful reconstruction and analysis of the arguments Aristotle presents in Physics VIII.

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Performing Interpersonal Violence Court, Curse, and Comedy in Fourth-Century BCE Athens

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Book Series: MythosEikonPoiesis ISBN: 9783110245592 9783110245608 Year: Volume: 4 Pages: 490,00 DOI: 10.1515/9783110245608 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101080
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This book offers the first attempt at understanding interpersonal violence in ancient Athens. While the archaic desire for revenge persisted into the classical period, it was channeled by the civil discourse of the democracy. Forensic speeches, curse tablets, and comedy display a remarkable openness regarding the definition of violence. But in daily life, Athenians had to draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. They did so by enacting a discourse on violence in the performance of these genres, during which complex negotiations about the legitimacy of violence took place. Since discourse and reality were intertwined and the discourse was ritualized, actual violence might also have been partly ritualized. By still respecting the on-going desire to harm one’s enemy, this partial ritualization of violence helped restrain violence and thus contributed to Athens’ relative stability.

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Anatomizing Civil War

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ISBN: 9780472118502 9780472028719 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100884
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Imperial Latin epic has seen a renaissance of scholarly interest. This book illuminates the work of the poet Lucan, a contemporary of the emperor Nero who as nephew of the imperial adviser Seneca moved in the upper echelons of Neronian society. This young and maverick poet, whom Nero commanded to commit suicide at the age of 26, left an epic poem on the civil war between Caesar and Pompey that epitomizes the exuberance and stylistic experimentation of Neronian culture. This study focuses on Lucan's epic technique and traces his influence through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.Martin T. Dinter's newest volume engages with Lucan's use of body imagery, sententiae, Fama (rumor), and open-endedness throughout his civil war epic. Although Lucan's Bellum Civile is frequently decried as a fragmented as well as fragmentary epic, this study demonstrates how Lucan uses devices other than teleology and cohesive narrative structure to bind together the many parts of his epic body.

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Late Sophocles

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ISBN: 9780472119561 9780472121083 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100883
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Only a few plays by Sophocles—one of the great tragic playwrights from Classical Athens—have survived, and each of them dramatizes events from the rich store of myths that framed literature and art. Sophocles’ treatment evokes issues that were vividly contemporary for Athenian audiences of the Periclean age: How could the Athenians incorporate older, aristocratic ideas about human excellence into their new democratic society? Could citizens learn to be morally excellent, or were these qualities only inherited? What did it mean to be a creature who knows that he or she must die?Late Sophocles traces the evolution of the Sophoclean hero through the final three plays, Electra, Philoctetes, and Oedipus at Colonus. The book’s main thesis, that Sophocles reimagined the nature of the tragic hero in his last three works, is developed inductively through readings of the plays.

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News and Frontier Consciousness in the Late Roman Empire

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ISBN: 9780472115624 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100886
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Prior to the third century A.D., two broad Roman conceptions of frontiers proliferated and competed: an imperial ideology of rule without limit coexisted with very real and pragmatic attempts to define and defend imperial frontiers. But from about A.D. 250-500, there was a basic shift in mentality, as news from and about frontiers began to portray a more defined Roman world—a world with limits—allowing a new understanding of frontiers as territorial and not just as divisions of people. This concept, previously unknown in the ancient world, brought with it a new consciousness, which soon spread to cosmology, geography, myth, sacred texts, and prophecy. The “frontier consciousness” produced a unified sense of Roman identity that transcended local identities and social boundaries throughout the later Empire.

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Cicero's Law

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ISBN: 9781474408820 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102650
Subject: History
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This volume brings together an international team of scholars to debate Cicero's role in the narrative of Roman law in the late Republic – a role that has been minimised or overlooked in previous scholarship. This reflects current research that opens a larger and more complex debate about the nature of law and of the legal profession in the last century of the Roman Republic.

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