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Rome: A Sourcebook on the Ancient City (Bloomsbury Sources in Ancient History)

Rome: A Sourcebook on the Ancient City (Bloomsbury Sources in Ancient History)

Fanny Dolansky and Stacie Raucci Rome: A Sourcebook on the Ancient City. Bloomsbury Sources in Ancient History. 2018.       The ancient city of Rome was the site of daily activities as well as famous historical events. It was not merely a backdrop, but rather an active part of the experiences of its inhabitants, shaping their actions and infusing them with meaning. During each period in Rome’s imperial history, her emperors also used the city as a canvas to be painted on, transforming it according to their own ideals or ambitions.     Rather than being...

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Seneca. De Brevitate Vitae. (Classici Greci e Latini)

Seneca. De Brevitate Vitae. (Classici Greci e Latini)

Tommaso Gazzarri   (ed., trans. and comment.) Seneca. De Brevitate Vitae. Classici Greci e Latini. Milan (Mondadori) 2010. Tra i dialoghi filosofici più famosi di Seneca, il “De brevitate vitae” venne composto probabilmente tra il 49 e il 55 d.C. ed è dedicato a Paolino, da identificarsi forse con il suocero del filosofo: un uomo dunque sufficientemente maturo per comprendere e apprezzare la profondità del messaggio senecano. Il tema trattato è di quelli che rimangono di perenne attualità: la fugacità del tempo e la brevità della vita. Che però, sostiene Seneca, appare tale...

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Plauto. Poenulus e Truculentus. (Classici Greci e Latini)

Plauto. Poenulus e Truculentus. (Classici Greci e Latini)

Tommaso Gazzarri,   (ed., trans. and comment.) Plauto. Poenulus e Truculentus. Classici Greci e Latini. Milan (Mondadori) 2015. Attraverso le vicende del cartaginese Smerciato, rapito e venduto come schiavo da bambino e al centro di una complicata vicenda di eredità, amori, trucchi e agnizioni, la commedia Poenulus, “il Cartaginesino”, introduce nel teatro plautino uno spunto di riflessione sull’umanità del nemico, sul significato della presenza dell'”altro”, poiché nessuno più dei Cartaginesi incarnava per il pubblico romano i connotati dello...

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Greek 101: Learning an Ancient Language

Greek 101: Learning an Ancient Language

Hans-Friedrich Mueller   Greek 101: Learning an Ancient Language.   Ancient Greek is a language like no other. It records an astonishing array of great works in different genres, stretching across a thousand years of history. Homer, the most influential poet ever, recited in the matchless cadences of the epic literary Greek dialect. The Apostle Paul, the Four Evangelists, and the other authors of the New Testament also left their accounts in Greek, using Koine, the beautifully clear conversational Greek spoken in the eastern Mediterranean of their day. Likewise, Sappho, Euripides,...

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Roman Religion in Valerius Maximus

Roman Religion in Valerius Maximus

Hans-Friedrich Mueller   Roman Religion in Valerius Maximus. (Routledge Classical Monographs), 2002.   Valerius Maximus was an indefatigable collector of historical anecdotes illustrating vice and virtue. His Memorable Deeds and Sayings are unparalleled as a source for the opinions of Romans in the early empire on a vast range of subjects. Mueller focuses on what Valerius can tell us about contemporary Roman attitudes to religion, attacking several orthodoxies along the way. He argues that Roman religion could be deeply emotional. That it was possible to believe passionately in the...

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Roman Historiography: An Introduction to its Basic Aspects and Development

Roman Historiography: An Introduction to its Basic Aspects and Development

Hans-Friedrich Mueller, (translator), A. Mehl, (author)   Roman Historiography: An Introduction to its Basic Aspects and Development.   (Wiley-Blackwell). 2011. Roman Historiography: An Introduction to its Basic Aspects and Development presents a comprehensive introduction to the development of Roman historical writings in both Greek and Latin, from the early annalists to Orosius and Procopius of Byzantium.   * Provides an accessible survey of every historical writer of significance in the Roman world * Traces the growth of Christian historiography under the influence of its...

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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Hans-Friedrich Mueller, (Editor), E. Gibbon, (author)   The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire   (Modern Library Classics), 2005. Gibbon’s masterpiece, which narrates the history of the Roman Empire from the second century a.d. to its collapse in the west in the fifth century and in the east in the fifteenth century, is widely considered the greatest work of history ever written. This abridgment retains the full scope of the original, but in a compass equivalent to a long novel. Casual readers now have access to the full sweep of Gibbon’s narrative, while instructors and students...

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Caesar: Selections from his Commentarii De Bello Gallico

Caesar: Selections from his Commentarii De Bello Gallico

Hans Friedrich Mueller Caesar: Selections from his Commentarii De Bello Gallico. (Bolchazy-Carducci) 2012. This text provides unadapted Latin passages from the Commentarii De Bello Gallico: Book 1.1 7; Book 4.24 35 and the first sentence of Chapter 36; Book 5.24 48; Book 6.13 20 and the English of Books 1, 6, and 7 It includes all the required English and Latin selections from Caesar’s De Bello Gallico for the 2012-2013 AP* Curriculum. Features: Introduction includes historical context, an overview of the Roman army, and Caesar as General, Politician, and Writer Latin text accompanied...

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Caesar: A Legamus Transitional Reader

Caesar: A Legamus Transitional Reader

Hans Friedrich Mueller and Rose Williams Caesar: A Legamus Transitional Reader. (Bolchazy-Carducci) 2013. 36 Lectures. 1. Pronouncing Classical Latin  2. Introduction to Third-Conjugation Verbs  3. Introduction to the Subjunctive Mood  4. The Irregular Verbs Sum and Possum  5. Introduction to Third-Declension Nouns  6. Third-Declension Neuter Nouns  7. First- and Second-Declension Adjectives  8. First- and Second-Declension Nouns  9. Introduction to the Passive Voice  10. Third -io and Fourth-Conjugation Verbs  11. First- and Second-Conjugation Verbs  12. Reading a Famous Latin Love Poem...

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Latin 101: Learning a Classical Language

Latin 101: Learning a Classical Language

Hans Friedrich Mueller Latin 101: Learning a Classical Language. (Great Courses) (Teaching Company) 2013.   http://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/latin-101-learning-a-classical-language.html36 Lectures 1. Pronouncing Classical Latin 2Introduction to Third-Conjugation Verbs   3. Introduction to the Subjunctive Mood  4. The Irregular Verbs Sum and Possum  5. Introduction to Third-Declension Nouns  6. Third-Declension Neuter Nouns  7. First- and Second-Declension Adjectives  8. First- and Second-Declension Nouns  9. Introduction to the Passive Voice  10. Third -io and Fourth-Conjugation...

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The Countryside of Aphrodisias. Ann Arbor: Kelsey Museum 2017.

The Countryside of Aphrodisias. Ann Arbor: Kelsey Museum 2017.

Christopher Ratté and Angela Commito The Countryside of Aphrodisias. Ann Arbor: Kelsey Museum, 2017.   Aphrodisias is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Greek and Roman periods in Turkey. Excavations at Aphrodisias have been carried out by New York University since 1961 and have revealed an unusually well-preserved and picturesque ancient town. A survey of the surrounding territory undertaken between 2005 and 2009 resulted in the discovery of hundreds of new sites spanning three millennia of human occupation in the region. This book presents the rich archaeological...

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Elegiac Eyes: Vision in Roman Love Elegy

Elegiac Eyes: Vision in Roman Love Elegy

Stacie Raucci   Elegiac Eyes: Vision in Roman Love Elegy   (Lang Classical Studies), 2011 Elegiac Eyes is an in-depth examination of vision and spectacle in Roman love elegy. It approaches vision from the perspective of Roman cultural modes of viewing and locates its analysis in close textual readings of Tibullus, Propertius, and Ovid. The paradoxical nature of the Roman eyes, which according to contemporary optical theories were able to penetrate and be penetrated, as well as the complex role of vision in society, provided the elegists with a productive canvas for their poems. By...

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Nicolaus of Damascus: The Life of Augustus and The Autobiography: Edited with Introduction, Translations and Historical Commentary

Nicolaus of Damascus: The Life of Augustus and The Autobiography: Edited with Introduction, Translations and Historical Commentary

Mark Toher Nicolaus of Damascus: The Life of Augustus and The Autobiography: Edited with Introduction, Translations and Historical Commentary. Cambridge, 2016.   Nicolaus of Damascus, the chief minister of Herod the Great, was an exact contemporary of the first Roman emperor Augustus; he spent considerable time in Roman society and knew Augustus. The extensive remains of his Bios Kaisaros contain the earliest and most detailed account of the conspiracy against Julius Caesar and his assassination. The Bios also presents the most extensive account of the boyhood and early development of...

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Between Republic and Empire: Interpretations of Augustus and His Principate

Between Republic and Empire: Interpretations of Augustus and His Principate

Mark Toher   Between Republic and Empire: Interpretations of Augustus and His Principate (Berkeley-Los Angeles 1990) [with K.A. Raaflaub]. Representing five major areas of Augustan scholarship—historiography, poetry, art, religion, and politics—the nineteen contributors to this volume bring us closer to a balanced, up-to-date account of Augustus and his...

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GEORGICA: Studies in Honor of George Cawkwell

GEORGICA: Studies in Honor of George Cawkwell

      Mark Toher GEORGICA: Studies in Honor of George Cawkwell. (London, 1991) [with M.A. Flower].

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