Polis and Personification in Classical Athenian Art

Author: Amy C. Smith

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004194177

Category: Art

Page: 202

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Ancient Greek artists pioneered in the allegorical use of personifications of political ideas, events, places, institutions, and peoples in visual arts. This book surveys and interprets these personifications within the intellectual and political climate of the golden age of Athens.

Greek Art and Aesthetics in the Fourth Century B.C.

Author: William A. P. Childs

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400890519

Category: Art

Page: 592

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Greek Art and Aesthetics in the Fourth Century B.C. analyzes the broad character of art produced during this period, providing in-depth analysis of and commentary on many of its most notable examples of sculpture and painting. Taking into consideration developments in style and subject matter, and elucidating political, religious, and intellectual context, William A. P. Childs argues that Greek art in this era was a natural outgrowth of the high classical period and focused on developing the rudiments of individual expression that became the hallmark of the classical in the fifth century. As Childs shows, in many respects the art of this period corresponds with the philosophical inquiry by Plato and his contemporaries into the nature of art and speaks to the contemporaneous sense of insecurity and renewed religious devotion. Delving into formal and iconographic developments in sculpture and painting, Childs examines how the sensitive, expressive quality of these works seamlessly links the classical and Hellenistic periods, with no appreciable rupture in the continuous exploration of the human condition. Another overarching theme concerns the nature of “style as a concept of expression,” an issue that becomes more important given the increasingly multiple styles and functions of fourth-century Greek art. Childs also shows how the color and form of works suggested the unseen and revealed the profound character of individuals and the physical world.

Ancient Comedy and Reception

Essays in Honor of Jeffrey Henderson

Author: S. Douglas Olson

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 161451125X

Category: History

Page: 1097

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This collection provides an overview of the reception history of a major literary genre from Greco-Roman antiquity to the present day. Looking first at Athenian comic poets and comedy in the Roman Empire, the volume goes on to discuss Greco-Roman comedy’s reception throughout the ages. It concludes with a look at the modern era, taking into account literary translations and stage productions as well as modern media such as radio and film.

Medicine and Society in Ptolemaic Egypt

Author: Philippa Lang

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004235515

Category: Medical

Page: 332

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Examining all forms of healing within the specific socioeconomic and environmental constraints of the Ptolemies’ Egypt, this book explores how linguistic, cultural and ethnic affiliations and interactions were expressed in the medical domain.

Artists and Signatures in Ancient Greece

Author: Jeffrey M. Hurwit

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107105714

Category: Art

Page: 237

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This book offers insight into Greek conceptions of art, the artist, and artistic originality by examining artists' signatures in ancient Greece.

Visual Style and Constructing Identity in the Hellenistic World

Nemrud DaÄŸ and Commagene under Antiochos I

Author: Miguel John Versluys

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107141974

Category: Art

Page: 272

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Located in the small kingdom of Commagene at the upper Euphrates, the late Hellenistic monument of Nemrud Dağ (c.50 BC) has been undeservedly neglected by scholars. Qualified as a Greco-Persian hybrid instigated by a lunatic king, this fascinating project of bricolage has been written out of history. This volume redresses that imbalance, interpreting Nemrud Dağ as an attempt at canon building by Antiochos I in order to construct a dynastic ideology and social order, and proving the monument's importance for our understanding of a crucial transitional phase from Hellenistic to Roman. Hellenistic Commagene therefore holds a profound significance for a number of discussions, such as the functioning of the Hellenistic koine and the genesis of Roman 'art', Hellenism and Persianism in antiquity, dynastic propaganda and the power of images, Romanisation in the East, the contextualising of the Augustan cultural revolution, and the role of Greek culture in the Roman world.

God of War

Author: Matthew Stover,Robert E. Vardeman

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 9780345516961

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Offering deeper insights into the critically acclaimed God of War® franchise, this novel returns us to the dark world of ancient Greek mythology explored in the heart-pounding action of God of War I, the bestselling video game. A brutal warrior, Kratos is a slave to the gods of Olympus. Plagued by the nightmares of his past and yearning for freedom, the Ghost of Sparta would do anything to be free of his debt to the gods. He is on the verge of losing all hope when the gods give him one last task to end his servitude. He must destroy Ares, the god of war. But what chance does a mere mortal have against a god? Armed with the deadly chained Blades of Chaos, guided by the goddess Athena, and driven by his own insatiable thirst for vengeance, Kratos seeks the only relic powerful enough to slay Ares . . . a quest that will take him deep into the mysterious temple borne by the Titan Cronos! From the black depths of Hades to the war-torn city of Athens to the lost desert beyond, God of War sheds a brutal new light on the bestselling video game and on the legend of Kratos. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Artists and Artistic Production in Ancient Greece

Author: Kristen Seaman,Peter Schultz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107074460

Category: Art

Page: 278

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Greek artists and architects were important social agents who played significant roles in the social, cultural, and economic life of the ancient Greek world. In Artists and Artistic Production in Ancient Greece, art historians, archaeologists, and historians explore the roles and impacts of artists and craftsmen in ancient Greek society. The contributing authors draw upon artistic, architectural, literary, epigraphical, and historical evidence to discuss a range of artists, architects, artistic media, and regions. They refer to historiography and modern theory, taking stock of the past while offering some new directions for future research. Incorporating a variety of methodological approaches and making use of often-neglected evidence, Artists and Artistic Production in Ancient Greece re-examines many long-held ideas and provides a deeper understanding of particular artists and architects, their works, and their social agency.

Democracy and Knowledge

Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens

Author: Josiah Ober

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400828807

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

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When does democracy work well, and why? Is democracy the best form of government? These questions are of supreme importance today as the United States seeks to promote its democratic values abroad. Democracy and Knowledge is the first book to look to ancient Athens to explain how and why directly democratic government by the people produces wealth, power, and security. Combining a history of Athens with contemporary theories of collective action and rational choice developed by economists and political scientists, Josiah Ober examines Athenian democracy's unique contribution to the ancient Greek city-state's remarkable success, and demonstrates the valuable lessons Athenian political practices hold for us today. He argues that the key to Athens's success lay in how the city-state managed and organized the aggregation and distribution of knowledge among its citizens. Ober explores the institutional contexts of democratic knowledge management, including the use of social networks for collecting information, publicity for building common knowledge, and open access for lowering transaction costs. He explains why a government's attempt to dam the flow of information makes democracy stumble. Democratic participation and deliberation consume state resources and social energy. Yet as Ober shows, the benefits of a well-designed democracy far outweigh its costs. Understanding how democracy can lead to prosperity and security is among the most pressing political challenges of modern times. Democracy and Knowledge reveals how ancient Greek politics can help us transcend the democratic dilemmas that confront the world today.

History of Concepts

Comparative Perspectives

Author: Iain Hampsher-Monk,Karin Tilmans,Frank van Vree

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789053563069

Category: Philosophy

Page: 293

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Hoewel enorm invloedrijk in Duitstalig Europa, heeft de conceptuele geschiedschrijving (Begriffsgeschichte) tot nu toe weinig aandacht in het Engels gekregen. Dit genre van intellectuele geschiedschrijving verschilt van zowel de Franse geschiedschrijving van mentalités als de Engelstalige geschiedschrijving van verhandelingen door het concept. Aan de hand van practische voorbeelden in de geschiedschrijving wordt deze vorm toegelicht door Bram Kempers, Eddy de Jongh en Rolf Reichardt.

Solon the Athenian, the Poetic Fragments

Author: Maria Noussia Fantuzzi

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004174788

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 579

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This book illuminates the authoritative voice of Solon of Athens by an integrated literary, historical, and philological approach and the use of a range of hermeneutic frameworks, from literary theory to oral poetics.

Authorship and Cultural Identity in Early Greece and China

Patterns of Literary Circulation

Author: Alexander Beecroft

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139484249

Category: History

Page: N.A

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In this book, Alexander Beecroft explores how the earliest poetry in Greece (Homeric epic and lyric) and China (the Canon of Songs) evolved from being local, oral, and anonymous to being textualised, interpreted, and circulated over increasingly wider areas. Beecroft re-examines representations of authorship as found in poetic biographies such as Lives of Homer and the Zuozhuan, and in the works of other philosophical and historical authors like Plato, Aristotle, Herodotus, Confucius, and Sima Qian. Many of these anecdotes and narratives have long been rejected as spurious or motivated by naïve biographical criticism. Beecroft argues that these texts effectively negotiated the tensions between local and pan-cultural audiences. The figure of the author thus served as a catalyst to a sense of shared cultural identity in both the Greek and Chinese worlds. It also facilitated the emergence of both cultures as the bases for cosmopolitan world orders.

The Architecture of Roman Temples

The Republic to the Middle Empire

Author: John W. Stamper

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521810685

Category: Architecture

Page: 287

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This book examines the development of Roman temple architecture from its earliest history in the sixth century BC to the reigns of Hadrian and the Antonines in the second century AD. John Stamper analyzes the temples' formal qualities, the public spaces in which they were located and, most importantly, the authority of precedent in their designs. He also traces Rome's temple architecture as it evolved over time and how it accommodated changing political and religious contexts, as well as the affects of new stylistic influences.

Ancient Greek Cults

A Guide

Author: Jennifer Larson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134346190

Category: History

Page: 320

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Using archaeological, epigraphic, and literary sources; and incorporating current scholarly theories, this volume will serve as an excellent companion to any introduction to Greek mythology, showing a side of the Greek gods to which most students are rarely exposed. Detailed enough to be used as a quick reference tool or text, and providing a readable account focusing on the oldest, most widespread, and most interesting religious practices of the ancient Greek world in the Archaic and Classical periods, Ancient Greek Cults surveys ancient Greek religion through the cults of its gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines. Jennifer Larson conveniently summarizes a vast amount of material in many languages, normally inaccessible to undergrad students, and explores, in detail, the variety of cults celebrated by the Greeks, how these cults differed geographically, and how each deity was conceptualized in local cult titles and rituals. Including an introductory chapter on sources and methods, and suggestions for further reading this book will allow readers to gain a fresh perspective on Greek religion.

Ostia in Late Antiquity

Author: Douglas Boin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107024013

Category: History

Page: 287

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Ostia in Late Antiquity is the first book to narrate the life of Ostia Antica, Rome's ancient harbor, during the later empire.

Pindar: Victory Odes

Olympians 2, 7 and 11; Nemean 4; Isthmians 3, 4 and 7

Author: Pindar,Malcolm M. Willcock

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521436366

Category: History

Page: 181

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A presentation by Professor Willcock of seven of Pindar's extant poems celebrating the victories of athletes.

Iambic Poetics in the Roman Empire

Author: Tom Hawkins

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107012082

Category: History

Page: 343

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Traces the impact of invective poetics associated with early Greek iambic poetry on Roman imperial authors and audiences.