jan kwapisz mikolaj szymanski david petrain the muse at play riddles and wordplay in greek and latin poetry

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The Muse At Play

Author : Jan Kwapisz
ISBN : 9783110270617
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Riddles and other word games are widespread in classical literature and played a crucial role in shaping Greek and Roman cultural discourses, yet few efforts have been made to treat them in all their variety and complexity. This volume, the fruit of a conference held in May 2011 by the Institute of Classical Studies of the University of Warsaw, gathers contributions on a range of topics linked by the theme of linguistic play. With its broad spectrum of approaches, the book serves as companion to a fascinating but somewhat neglected area of ancient culture - the domain of the Playful Muse.

Homer In Stone

Author : David Petrain
ISBN : 9781107029811
Genre : Art
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The Tabulae Iliacae are a group of carved stone plaques created in the context of early Imperial Rome that use miniature images and text to retell stories from Greek myth and history - chief among them Homer's Iliad and the fall of Troy. In this book, Professor Petrain moves beyond the narrow focus on the literary and iconographic sources of the Tabulae that has characterized earlier scholarship. Drawing on ancient and modern theories of narrative, he explores instead how the tablets transfer the Troy saga across both medium and culture as they create a system of visual storytelling that relies on the values and viewing habits of Roman viewers. The book comprehensively situates the tablets in the urban fabric of Augustan Rome. New photographs of the tablets, together with re-editions and translations of key inscriptions, offer a new, clearer view of these remarkable documents of the Roman appropriation of Greek epic.

The Encyclopedia Of Ancient History 13 Volume Set

Author : Roger S. Bagnall
ISBN : 140517935X
Genre : History
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• Awarded Honorable Mention for the 2013 Dartmouth Medal for excellence in reference publications given by the The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association • 13-volume major reference in A-Z format, with entries ranging from 250-5,000 words • Provides clear, concise, definitions and explanations of the key people, places and events • Spans the late Bronze Age through the seventh century • Covers the entire Mediterranean world including the Near East and Egypt • Internationally diverse editorial board and contributors • Extensively illustrated with hundreds of photographs, figures, and maps 13 Volumes www.encyclopediaancienthistory.com Updating

Homeric Contexts

Author : Franco Montanari
ISBN : 9783110272017
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This volume addresses questions concerning Neoanalysis and Oral theory, the two most fruitful schools of thought in Homeric criticism. It explores the development of Greek myth with respect to the Trojan war; the signs of heroic cult in Homeric poetry; the function of memory; the relation between the catalogue of ships and the Iliadic narrative; the tragedy of Achilles; the travels of Odysseus; the Telemachy and the Nostoi, the false tales and Crete; the imagery of Odyssean similes; language and formulas; the Epic Cycle; Hesiod and Homer; the epic of Alpamysh; the Iliad and the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Against Expression

Author : Craig Dworkin
ISBN : 9780810127111
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Charles Bernstein has described conceptual "poetry pregnant with thought." Against Expression, the premier anthology of conceptual writing, presents work that is by turns thoughtful, funny, provocative, and disturbing. Editors Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith chart the trajectory of the conceptual aesthetic from early precursors such s Samuel Beckett and Marcel Duchamp through major avant-garde groups of the past century, including Dada, Oulipo, Fluxus, and language poetry, to name just a few. The works of more than a hundred writers from Aasprong to Zykov demonstrate a remarkable variety of new ways of thinking about the nature of texts, information, and art, using found, appropriated, and randomly generated texts to explore the possibilities of non-expressive language.

Voices At Work

Author : Andromache Karanika
ISBN : 9781421412566
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In ancient Greece, women's daily lives were occupied by various forms of labor. These experiences of work have largely been forgotten. Andromache Karanika has examined Greek poetry for depictions of women working and has discovered evidence of their lamentations and work songs. Voices at Work explores the complex relationships between ancient Greek poetry, the female poetic voice, and the practices and rituals surrounding women’s labor in the ancient world. The poetic voice is closely tied to women’s domestic and agricultural labor. Weaving, for example, was both a common form of female labor and a practice referred to for understanding the craft of poetry. Textile and agricultural production involved storytelling, singing, and poetry. Everyday labor employed—beyond its socioeconomic function—the power of poetic creation. Karanika starts with the assumption that there are certain forms of poetic expression and performance in the ancient world which are distinctively female. She considers these to be markers of a female "voice" in ancient Greek poetry and presents a number of case studies: Calypso and Circe sing while they weave; in Odyssey 6 a washing scene captures female performances. Both of these instances are examples of the female voice filtered into the fabric of the epic. Karanika brings to the surface the words of women who informed the oral tradition from which Greek epic poetry emerged. In other words, she gives a voice to silence. -- Laura Kathleen McClure, University of Wisconsin

Relating Religion

Author : Jonathan Z. Smith
ISBN : 0226763870
Genre : Religion
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One of the most influential theorists of religion, Jonathan Z. Smith is best known for his analyses of religious studies as a discipline and for his advocacy and refinement of comparison as the basis for the history of religions. Relating Religion gathers seventeen essays—four of them never before published—that together provide the first broad overview of Smith's thinking since his seminal 1982 book, Imagining Religion. Smith first explains how he was drawn to the study of religion, outlines his own theoretical commitments, and draws the connections between his thinking and his concerns for general education. He then engages several figures and traditions that serve to define his interests within the larger setting of the discipline. The essays that follow consider the role of taxonomy and classification in the study of religion, the construction of difference, and the procedures of generalization and redescription that Smith takes to be key to the comparative enterprise. The final essays deploy features of Smith's most recent work, especially the notion of translation. Heady, original, and provocative, Relating Religion is certain to be hailed as a landmark in the academic study and critical theory of religion.

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