Petronius and the Anatomy of Fiction by Victoria Rimell

By Victoria Rimell

Metaphors of the physique shape an enormous function of Petronius' Satyricon. This publication claims that the textual content should be learn as a unified entire instead of as episodic jumble, regardless of its fragmentation. awarded as hectic in addition to comedian, intricately established in addition to chaotic, the examine asserts that the Satyricon's imagery continuously mirrors obvious paradoxes. hence corporeality is explored as a metaphor instead of simply as an index of the "low" style of the unconventional.

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The Politics of Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautica by Anatole Mori

By Anatole Mori

Apollonius Rhodius' epic poem, the Argonautica, is without doubt one of the most crucial and influential literary productions of the Hellenistic interval. This e-book indicates how the retelling of a heroic event set within the new release earlier than the Trojan warfare engages the political, non secular, and moral dynamics of its day through alluding to the real-world context of the early Ptolemaic dynasty in addition to to poetic and different types. via a hegemonic typology that levels from the simply and theocratic to the duplicitous and lawless, Apollonius characterizes the political heirs of Alexander the good as pious, civilized rulers. This interpretation is going past earlier reviews by way of reading the political resonance of non secular job within the poem, and by way of bearing on those formulations (especially the place they main issue Apollonius' departures from his literary predecessors) to the ideological development of Hellenic identification in third-century Egypt.

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The Politics of Immorality in Ancient Rome by Catharine Edwards

By Catharine Edwards

This e-book addresses the query now not how immoral the traditional Romans have been yet why the literature they produced is so preoccupied with immorality. the trendy photo of immoral Rome derives from old debts that are mostly serious instead of celebratory. faraway from being empty commonplaces those accusations constituted a robust discourse by which Romans negotiated conflicts and tensions of their social and political order. This examine proceeds by way of a close exam of quite a lot of historic texts (all of that are translated), exploring the dynamics in their rhetoric, in addition to the ends to which they have been deployed. Roman moralising discourse, the writer indicates, can be noticeable as in particular concerned about the articulation of anxieties approximately gender, social prestige and political energy. person chapters specialize in adultery, effeminacy, the immorality of the Roman theatre, sumptuous constructions and the risks of enjoyment.

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The Cup of Song: Studies on Poetry and the Symposion by Vanessa Cazzato, Dirk Obbink, Enrico Emanuele Prodi

By Vanessa Cazzato, Dirk Obbink, Enrico Emanuele Prodi

The symposion is arguably the main major and well-documented context for the functionality, transmission, and feedback of archaic and classical Greek poetry, a contrast attested by way of its persisted carry at the poetic mind's eye even after its dying as a functionality context. The Cup of Song explores the symbiotic courting of the symposion and poetry all through Greek literary background, contemplating the previous either as a literal functionality context and as an imaginary house pregnant with social, political, and aesthetic implications.

This selection of essays by means of a world crew of top students illuminates some of the features of this courting, from Greek literature's earliest beginnings via to its afterlife in Roman poetry, starting from the close to japanese origins of the Greek symposion within the 8th century to Horace's evocations of his archaic types and Lucian's realizing remodeling of vintage texts. every one bankruptcy discusses one element of sympotic engagement by means of key authors around the significant genres of Greek poetry, together with archaic and classical lyric, tragedy and comedy, and Hellenistic epigram; discussions of literary resources are complemented by way of research of the visible facts of painted pottery. attention of those different modes and genres from the unifying point of view in their relation to the symposion results in a characterization of the whole spectrum of sympotic poetry from its very beginnings via to the Hellenistic age that keeps a watch either to its shared universal beneficial properties and to the specificity of person genres and texts.

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Homer in the Twentieth Century: Between World Literature and by Barbara Graziosi, Emily Greenwood

By Barbara Graziosi, Emily Greenwood

This choice of essays explores the the most important position of Homer within the transferring cultural panorama of the 20th century. It argues that Homer used to be seen either because the founder of the Western literary canon and as sharing vital positive aspects with poems, performances, and traditions which have been usually deemed neither literary nor Western: the epics of Yugoslavia and sub-Saharan Africa, the keening performances of Irish girls, the spontaneous inventiveness of the Blues. The booklet contributes to present debates concerning the nature of the Western literary canon, the evolving idea of worldwide literature, the connection among orality and the written be aware, and the discussion among texts throughout time and house. Homer within the 20th Century contends that the Homeric poems play an immense function in shaping these debates and, conversely, that the stories of the 20 th century open new avenues for the translation of Homer's much-travelled texts.

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