The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion (Oxford Handbooks)

This instruction manual bargains a entire evaluate of scholarship in old Greek faith, from the Archaic to the Hellenistic classes. It provides not just key details, but additionally explores the ways that such info is accumulated and different ways that experience formed the world. In doing so, the quantity presents a vital learn and orientation software for college students of the traditional global, and in addition makes a necessary contribution to the foremost debates surrounding the conceptualization of historical Greek religion.

The handbook's preliminary chapters lay out the major dimensions of historical Greek faith, methods to facts, and the representations of myths. the next chapters talk about the continuities and alterations among non secular practices in numerous cultures, together with Egypt, the close to East, the Black Sea, and Bactria and India. the variety of contributions emphasizes the range of relationships among mortals and the supernatural - in all their manifestations, throughout, among, and past historic Greek cultures - and attracts realization to spiritual actions as dynamic, highlighting how they replaced through the years, position, and context.

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The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics (Martin Classical Lectures)

By Martha C. Nussbaum

The Epicureans, Skeptics, and Stoics practiced philosophy now not as a indifferent highbrow self-discipline, yet as a cosmopolitan paintings of grappling with problems with day-by-day and pressing human value: the terror of loss of life, love and sexuality, anger and aggression. Like drugs, philosophy to them was once a rigorous technology aimed either at figuring out and at generating the flourishing of human lifestyles. during this attractive publication, Martha Nussbaum examines texts of philosophers devoted to a healing paradigm--including Epicurus, Lucretius, Sextus Empiricus, Chrysippus, and Seneca--and recovers a helpful resource for our ethical and political inspiration this present day. This version includes a new advent through Nussbaum, within which she revisits the topics of this now vintage work.

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Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World

By Donald G. Kyle

It is a readable, updated, illustrated creation to the historical past of recreation and spectacle within the old global from the traditional close to East via Greek and Hellenistic occasions and into the Roman Empire.

  • Covers athletics, strive against activities, chariot racing, beast fights and gladiators.
  • Traces the precursors of Greek and Roman activities and spectacles within the historic close to East and the Bronze Age Aegean.
  • Investigates the origins, nature and which means of recreation, protecting problems with violence, professionalism, classification, gender and eroticism.
  • Challenges the concept that Greek recreation and Roman spectacle have been polar opposites.
  • Approaches recreation and spectacle as overlapping and appropriate positive factors of civilized states and empires.

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Making Men: Sophists and Self-Presentation in Ancient Rome

By Maud W. Gleason

The careers of 2 renowned second-century rhetorical virtuosos supply Maud Gleason interesting insights into the methods historical Romans developed masculinity in the course of a time marked through nervousness 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 could trip the empire acting 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 exhibit how closely males scrutinized each other for minute indicators of gender deviance in such beneficial properties as gait, gesture, facial features, and voice. Rhetoricians proficient to strengthen those features in a "masculine" model. reading the profitable occupation of Favorinus, whose high-pitched voice and florid presentation contrasted sharply with the traditionalist sort of Polemo, Gleason exhibits, in spite of the fact that, that perfect masculine habit was once now not a monolithic abstraction. In a hugely available learn treating the semiotics of deportment and the scientific, cultural, and ethical matters 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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Life and Letters in the Ancient Greek World (Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies)

From the 1st ‘deadly indicators’ scratched on a wood pill educating the recipient to kill the one that brought it, to the letters of St Paul to the early Church, this publication examines the variety of letter writing within the old Greek international. Containing large translated examples from either lifestyles and fiction, it presents a glimpse into the lives of either traditional humans and political life.

This finished research seems to be at own and personal letters, letters utilized in management and govt, letters used as automobiles for the dissemination of philosophy and faith, and letters which performed a component within the improvement of numerous literary genres. the way letters have been written and with what fabrics, how they have been introduced, and the way it's that, for convinced restricted sessions and destinations, such a lot of of them have survived and the way they have been re-discovered.

By putting those letters of their social, political and highbrow contexts, Life and Letters within the historic Greek World attracts awareness to either generic themes, reminiscent of younger infantrymen writing domestic from uncomplicated education and the alternative of plant life for a marriage, and extra alien occasions, corresponding to taking out child women and offhand attitudes to bereavement.

This first consultant in English to supply statement on the sort of wide variety of letters, may be crucial studying for someone drawn to the traditional Greek international.

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Plutarch's Advice to the Bride and Groom and A Consolation to His Wife: English Translations, Commentary, Interpretive Essays, and Bibliography

By Plutarch, Sarah B. Pomeroy

Whereas possibly top identified for his Lives, Plutarch additionally wrote philosophical dialogues that represent a big highbrow legacy from the 1st century A.D. This assortment provides very important brief works from his writings in ethical philosophy. They display Plutarch at his best--informative, sympathetic, wealthy in narrative--and are observed by way of an intensive remark that situates Plutarch and his perspectives on marriage of their old context.

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Works of Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns

By Hesiod

In Works of Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns, hugely acclaimed poet and translator Daryl Hine brings new lifestyles to the phrases of Hesiod and the area of Archaic Greece. not like such a lot to be had prose renderings in their works, Hine's illuminating translations current those classics as they initially seemed, in verse.

This quantity contains Hesiod's Works and Days and Theogony, of the oldest non-Homeric poems to outlive. Works and Days is full of cautionary stories and recommendation for handling harvests and keeping a very good paintings ethic. Theogony is the earliest entire account of classical mythology—including the names and genealogies of the gods and monsters of Olympus, the ocean, and the underworld. Hine captures Hesiod's gritty and persuasive voice, which supplies an extraordinary glimpse into the typical lifetime of traditional humans within the 8th century BCE.

In distinction, the Homeric Hymns depict aristocratic lifestyles in voices whose polished tones display little of the narrators' personalities. those hymns (so named simply because they tackle the deities briefly invocations before everything and finish of every) are one of the earliest examples of  Greek epyllia, or brief tales within the epic manner.

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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 ordinarily. In a full of life and fascinating kind, Cicero provides the insights of Greek philosophers at the topic, reporting the perspectives of Epicureans and Peripatetics and giving an in depth account of the Stoic place, which he himself favors for its shut reasoning and ethical earnestness. either the professional and the final reader should be fascinated with the Stoics' research of the explanations of grief, their class of feelings by way 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 based and idiomatic translation makes Cicero's paintings obtainable not only to classicists yet to a person drawn to historic philosophy or within the philosophy of emotion. The accompanying observation explains the philosophical innovations mentioned within the textual content and provides many useful parallels from Greek sources.

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Epictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life

By A. A. Long

The philosophy of Epictetus, a freed slave within the Roman Empire, has been profoundly influential on Western idea: it bargains not just stimulating rules yet useful advice in dwelling one's lifestyles. A. A. lengthy, a number one student of later historical philosophy, provides the definitive presentation of the idea of Epictetus for a huge readership. Long's clean and bright translations of a variety of the easiest of Epictetus' discourses exhibit that his principles are as worthwhile and notable at the present time as they have been amost thousand years ago.
This is a booklet for somebody attracted to what we will study from historic philosophy approximately the way to reside our lives.

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The Scapegoat

By René Girard

Widely considered as the most profound critics of our time, René Girard has pursued a strong line of inquiry around the fields of the arts and the social sciences. His theories, which the French press has termed "l'hypothèse girardienne," have sparked interdisciplinary, even overseas, controversy. In The Scapegoat, Girard applies his method of "texts of persecution," files that recount phenomena of collective violence from the viewpoint of the persecutor―documents comparable to the medieval poet Guillaume de Machaut's Judgement of the King of Navarre, which blames the Jews for the Black loss of life and describes their mass murder.

Girard compares persecution texts with myths, so much particularly with the parable of Oedipus, and reveals strikingly comparable subject matters and buildings. might myths usually cover texts of persecution? Girard's solutions lies in a research of the Christian ardour, which represents an identical imperative occasion, an identical collective violence, present in all mythology, yet that's learn from the perspective of the blameless sufferer. the fervour textual content presents the version interpretation that has enabled Western tradition to demystify its personal violence―a demystification Girard now extends to mythology.

Underlying Girard's bold textual speculation is a strong thought of heritage and tradition. Christ's rejection of all guilt breaks the mythic cycle of violence and the sacred. The scapegoat turns into the Lamb of God; "the silly genesis of blood-stained idols and the fake gods of superstition, politics, and ideologies" are revealed.

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