All aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds and their continuing presence in modernity
Chapter on the interactions between Roman theatrical tradition and late dramatic production in Greek language.
Introductory chapter to the collective volume ‘Theatre and Metatheare: Definitions, Problems, Limits’
The aim of this book is to explore the definition(s) of ‘theatre’ and ‘metatheatre’ that scholars use when studying the ancient Greek world. Although in modern languages their meaning is mostly straightforward, both concepts become problematical when applied to ancient reality. In fact, ‘theatre’ as well as ‘metatheatre’ are used in many differe…[Read more]
This article provides a short history of the methods and tools developed by the Pelagios initiative: a series of seven projects dedicated to linking digital historical resources based on the geographic places to which they relate and refer. The first section of the article situates the work within the wider field of semantic and geospatial…[Read more]
In this paper, I explore the literary aesthetics of Attalid Pergamon, one of the Ptolemies’ fiercest cultural rivals in the Hellenistic period. Traditionally, scholars have reconstructed Pergamene poetry from the city’s grand and monumental sculptural programme, hypothesizing an underlying aesthetic dichotomy between the two kingdoms: Ale…[Read more]
This article reconsiders a number of the metapoetic oppositions which Harder has identified between Callimachus and Apollonius (in the lead article of this volume of Aevum Antiquum, ‘Aspects of the Interaction between Apollonius Rhodius and Callimachus’) and subjects them to closer scrutiny. First, I explore two metapoetic motifs (talking birds…[Read more]
The film The Small Back Room was written and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and released in 1949. It is the wartime tale of an injured and embittered back-room scientist, who is recruited to help combat a new kind of explosive device. Based on Nigel Balchin’s 1943 novel, the film significantly alters the story’s climactic seq…[Read more]
Elodie Paillard deposited The Structural Evolution of Fifth-Century Athenian Society: Archaeological Evidence and Literary Sources in the group Ancient Greece & Rome on Humanities Commons 3 months ago
The structure of fifth-century Athenian society remains largely unknown, as is the distribution of its citizens into different socio-political categories. Ancient literary sources mostly describe a society divided into élite and poor. However, the model of a society alternately dominated by
the élite and the ‘lower-class’ is to be recon…[Read more]
This paper publishes a ceramic bowl in the Metropolitan Museum of Art depicting a Parthian shot. Although it lacks archaeological provenance, the bowl can be dated to the 4th to 2nd centuries BCE, and probably comes from northwestern Iran. It is, therefore, one of the few possible instances of a Parthian shot from the Arsacid Empire.
This chapter examines the rhetorical skills displayed by secondary (low–status)
characters in the extant tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. “Rhetorical
skills” are here broadly understood as the abilities required to have one’s voice heard and
one’s opinion taken into account. These speaking abilities contribute to the socio–pol…[Read more]
A short essay on the different forms of money used in the Achaemenid Persian Empire. Translated into German by Julia Linke.
Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are the only early Greek heroic epics to have survived the transition to writing, even though extant evidence indicates that they emerged from a thriving oral culture. Among the missing are the songs of Boeotian Thebes.
Homer’s Thebes examines moments in the Iliad and Odyssey where Theban characters and thematic eng…[Read more]
This article reflects on how our own technological developments can help us see Herodotus’ archetype of historical inquiry in a new light. It explores various aspects of place in the Histories—as spaces that are lived, constructed, and relational—to show how and why the idea of place can be such a powerful means for linking information and under…[Read more]
This course explores the art, archaeology, and culture of the Greek world from prehistory to the Roman period. The course focuses on architecture, sculpture, painted pottery, and wall painting as its main object classes and situates artistic and stylistic developments within their social, political, and historical context. We will consider issues…[Read more]
This course introduces students to the study of Mediterranean material culture by focusing on the development of ancient Greek and Roman architecture from the Late Bronze Age to the beginning of Late Antiquity. The survey begins in the Greek world, examining the formal and technical development of Greek architecture. Topics considered will include…[Read more]
In this chapter, I discuss one particular virtue of women as it is narrated by Plutarch, that of moderation (sophrosyne), and how it manifests itself in a wife’s devotion to her husband. I focus on three characters who appear in Plutarch’s works, Camma (in Dialogue on Love and Virtues of Women), Cornelia (in the Lives of Brutus and Cato Minor), a…[Read more]
Giuseppe PEZZINI, Terence and the Verb “To Be” in Latin, «Oxford Classi-cal Monographs», Oxford University Press, Oxford 2015, XVI + 355 pp., ISBN 978-0-19-873624-0, 75 £.
Questo volume è il frutto della concreta collaborazione tra la SIAC e il Centro di Studi sulla Fortuna dell’Antico “Emanuele Narducci” di Sestri Levante. Le due istituzioni, insieme con il Liceo “Marconi-Delpino” di Chiavari e “Mediaterraneo S.R.L.” di Sestri Levante, hanno, infatti, proficuamente cooperato per la promozione delle XIV Giornate d…[Read more]
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