The Cambridge Companion to Lucretius (Cambridge Companions by Stuart Gillespie,Philip Hardie

By Stuart Gillespie,Philip Hardie

Lucretius' didactic poem De rerum natura ('On the character of Things') is an impassioned and visionary presentation of the materialist philosophy of Epicurus, and essentially the most robust poetic texts of antiquity. After its rediscovery in 1417 it turned a debatable and seminal paintings in successive stages of literary background, the historical past of technological know-how, and the Enlightenment. during this 2007 Cambridge better half specialists within the heritage of literature, philosophy and technology talk about the poem in its historical contexts and in its reception either as a literary textual content and as a automobile for revolutionary principles. The significant other is designed either as an obtainable guide for the final reader who needs to benefit approximately Lucretius, and as a chain of stimulating essays for college kids of classical antiquity and its reception. it really is thoroughly available to the reader who has simply learn Lucretius in translation.

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Scribal Correction and Literary Craft: English Manuscripts by Daniel Wakelin

By Daniel Wakelin

This huge survey of scribal correction in English manuscripts explores what correcting finds approximately attitudes to books, language and literature in overdue medieval England. Daniel Wakelin surveys quite a number manuscripts and genres, yet focuses specially on poems by way of Chaucer, Hoccleve and Lydgate, and on prose works corresponding to chronicles, spiritual guideline and sensible lore. His fabrics are the versions and corrections present in manuscripts, phenomena often studied in simple terms through editors or palaeographers, yet his approach is the shut interpreting and interpretation general of literary feedback. From the corrections emerge frequently ignored features of English literary considering within the overdue center a long time: scribes, readers and authors search, even though usually fail to accomplish, invariant copying, orderly spelling, exact diction, typical verse and textual completeness. Correcting unearths their remarkable cognizance to scribal and literary craft - its rigour, subtlety, formalism and imaginativeness - in an age with little different literary feedback in English.

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Gestures and Looks in Medieval Narrative (Cambridge Studies by J. A. Burrow

By J. A. Burrow

In medieval society, gestures and conversing appears performed an excellent extra very important half in private and non-private exchanges than they do this day. Gestures intended greater than phrases, for instance, in ceremonies of homage and fealty. during this, the 1st examine of its variety in English, John Burrow examines the position of non-verbal communique in a variety of narrative texts, together with Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, the nameless Sir Gawain and the fairway Knight, Malory's Morte D'arthur, the romances of Chrétien de Troyes, the Prose Lancelot, Boccaccio's Il Filostrato, and Dante's Commedia. Burrow argues that in view that non-verbal indicators are typically much less topic to alter than phrases, some of the behaviours recorded in those texts, comparable to pointing and amorous staring at, are normal in themselves; but many turn out effortless to misinterpret, both simply because they're now not universal, like bowing, or simply because their use has replaced, like winking.

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The Antiatticist: Introduction and Critical Edition by Stefano Valente

By Stefano Valente

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The so-called Antiatticista is a Greek Atticistic lexicon an important for realizing the Atticism of the 2d cent. CE. The nameless writer licensed a broader inspiration of Attic language unlike the main rigorous Atticists. For this (polemic) objective, he used a few older assets (in specific Hellenistic ones, resembling Aristophanes of Byzantium) the place he may locate wealthy quotations from classical authors, specifically from comedian poets. on condition that a lot of them aren't any longer extant, this paintings now represents the single resource for them. the 1st severe variation of this lexicon is prefaced by way of a survey of its textual culture, direct and oblique, which issues its courting to the Byzantine lexicon Synagoge. The authorship, the typology, and the resources of the paintings also are investigated. The unedited annotations by way of David Ruhnkenius for his deliberate version of the textual content are appended. entire indexes are supplied on the finish of the book.

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Claudian and the Roman Epic Tradition by Catherine Ware

By Catherine Ware

The old value of Claudian as author of panegyric and propaganda for the court docket of Honorius is definitely validated yet his poetry has been relatively missed: only in the near past has his paintings been the topic of recent literary feedback. Taking as its start line Claudian's declare to be the inheritor to Virgil, this publication examines his poetry as a part of the Roman epic culture. Discussing first what we comprehend via epic and its relevance for overdue antiquity, Catherine Ware argues that, like Virgil and later Roman epic poets, Claudian analyses his modern international when it comes to classical epic. enticing intertextually along with his literary predecessors, Claudian updates strategies similar to furor and concordia, redefining Romanitas to exclude the more and more antagonistic east, depicting enemies of the west as new Giants and exhibiting how the govt. of Honorius and his leader minister, Stilicho, have led to a real golden age for the west.

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Witches, Isis and Narrative: Approaches to Magic in by Stavros Frangoulidis

By Stavros Frangoulidis

This is the 1st in-depth examine of Apuleius' Metamorphoses to examine different attitudes characters undertake in the direction of magic as a key to interpreting the complicated dynamics of the full paintings. the diversity of responses to magic is unveiled within the narrative because the protagonist Lucius encounters an collection of characters, both in embedded stories or by and large plot. A contextualized strategy illuminates Lucius' fairly luck when put next to different characters within the novel ‒ this effects from his involvement with the magic of a sorcerer's apprentice, instead of that of a true witch, and indications the opportunity of eventual salvation. A cautious research of Lucius' angle in the direction of Isis in publication eleven and his dating with the witch-slave lady Photis past on means that the novel's ultimate e-book will be learn as a moment "Metamorphoses", consciously rewritten from a favorable standpoint. final yet now not least, the booklet additionally breaks new flooring by way of studying the narrative constitution of the Metamorphoses against the heritage of the common plotline present in the proper romance. The comparability indicates how Apuleius either follows and alters this plot, exploiting the style to his personal particular ends, according to his important topic of metamorphosis.

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The Birth of Literary Fiction in Ancient Greece by Margalit Finkelberg

By Margalit Finkelberg

the aim of this research is to determine how and why the "poetics of fiction" arose, its assets, and the fabrics from which it used to be created. a sequence of cultural offerings made in archaic and classical Greece produced a conflict among the conventional "poetics of truth", which derived poetry from divine thought and within the final research didn't construe the poem as a piece of paintings in any respect, and the recent "poetics of fiction", which derived poetry from artwork. The eventual succession of the latter, culminating with the Poetics of Aristotle, amounted to a cultured revolution simply because, due to it, literary fiction, which considering the fact that then has develop into an important framework for either the idea and perform of literature in Western culture, was once for the 1st time separated from non-fiction and given a standing of its own.

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Sophocles' Tragic World: Divinity, Nature, Society by Charles Segal

By Charles Segal

Much has been written in regards to the heroic figures of Sophocles' robust dramas. Now Charles Segal focuses our recognition now not on person heroes and heroines, yet at the global that encouraged and influenced their actions--a universe of family members, urban, nature, and the supernatural. He indicates how those old masterpieces provide perception into the abiding query of tragedy: how you can make feel of an international that includes loads it sounds as if meaningless violence and suffering.

In a sequence of engagingly written interconnected essays, Segal stories 5 of Sophocles' seven extant performs: Ajax, Oedipus Tyrannus, Philoctetes, Antigone, and the customarily neglected Trachinian Women. He examines the language and constitution of the performs from numerous interpretive views, drawing either on conventional philological research and on present literary and cultural idea. He can pay specific recognition to the mythic and formality backgrounds of the performs, noting Sophocles' reinterpretation of the traditional myths. His delineation of the heroes and their tragedies encompasses their kin with urban and kin, conflicts among women and men, defiance of social associations, and the interplay of society, nature, and the gods. Segal's research sheds new mild on Sophocles' plays--among the main broadly learn works of classical literature--and on their implications for Greek perspectives at the gods, ethical lifestyles, and sexuality.

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Dingkulturen: Objekte in Literatur, Kunst und Gesellschaft by Anna Mühlherr,Heike Sahm,Monika Schausten,Bruno Quast

By Anna Mühlherr,Heike Sahm,Monika Schausten,Bruno Quast

Dinge sind schon seit einiger Zeit zu einem der wichtigsten kulturwissenschaftlichen Forschungsfelder avanciert. Die zwanzig in diesem Band versammelten Aufsätze widmen sich vormodernen Dingkulturen aus archäologischer, ethnologischer, historischer, kunsthistorischer und literaturwissenschaftlicher Perspektive. Der Schwerpunkt liegt auf Erzähltexten, womit zugleich die Brücke zur historischen Narratologie geschlagen wird. Moderne dingtheoretische Ansätze, insbesondere das Konzept der supplier und das der Mensch-Ding-Vernetzung sowie gabentheoretische Ansätze werden fruchtbar gemacht und reflektiert. Erstaunliche Dinge, signifikante Sachverhalte, dingtheoretisch aufschlussreiche Texte vom Waltharius bis zu Heinrich Wittenwilers Ring werden analysiert und interpretiert. Die untereinander vielfach vernetzten Beiträge widmen sich den folgenden Themen: 1. Objektbiographien, 2. Dinge als Gabe und weitere Formen von Zirkulation, three. Funktionen und four. Bedeutungen von Dingen in literarischen Texten, five. Artifizialität und Ästhetik. So schlüsselt die Publikation Dimensionen des dingtheoretischen Zugangs auf und zeigt gleichzeitig, wie gewinnbringend die unterschiedlichen Fragerichtungen verknüpft werden können. 

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