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Work in Progress: Literary Revision as Social Performance in Ancient Rome

Sean Alexander Gurd

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199837519
eISBN:
9780199919505
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199837519.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book offers an in-depth study of the role of literary revision in the compositional practices and strategies of self-representation among Roman authors at the end of the republic and the ... More


Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire: A Study of Elite Communities

William A. Johnson

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195176407
eISBN:
9780199775545
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Readers and Reading Culture in the High Empire examines the system and culture of reading among the elite in second-century Rome. The focus is on deep sociocultural contextualization for ... More


Pliny and the Construction of Reading Communities

William A. Johnson

in Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire: A Study of Elite Communities

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195176407
eISBN:
9780199775545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the Letters of Pliny the Younger to understand better both the ways in which Pliny constructs a reading community and the particularities of that community. Pliny’s construction ... More


Pliny, Tacitus, and the Dialogus de oratoribus

William A. Johnson

in Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire: A Study of Elite Communities

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195176407
eISBN:
9780199775545
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Tacitus and Pliny were fellow orators of distinction with apparently close connections between their communities. Tacitus’s Dialogus purports to show us the inner workings and debates of a tight ... More


The Language of Pliny the Elder

Harm Pinkster

in Aspects of the Language of Latin Prose

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263327
eISBN:
9780191734168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263327.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter suggests that long sentences need not be ‘periods’. It also aims to take Pliny seriously in his own right and shows a few characteristics of his language in the light of his general ... More


The Sack of the Temple in Josephus and Tacitus

T. D. Barnes

in Flavius Josephus and Flavian Rome

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199262120
eISBN:
9780191718533
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262120.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Comparing Josephus’ and Tacitus’ (lost) account of the sack of the Temple in Jerusalem from Histories Book 5, this chapter underlines the importance of the Jewish War as a central defining event (or ... More


Letters of Recommendation and the Rhetoric of Praise

Roger Rees

in Ancient Letters: Classical and Late Antique Epistolography

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199203956
eISBN:
9780191708244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203956.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines letters of reference or recommendations written by Charlesworth, Cicero, Pliny, and Fronto, focusing on how the authors emphasize their own discretion in offering their ... More


Confidence, Inuidia, and Pliny's Epistolary Curriculum

Ruth Morello

in Ancient Letters: Classical and Late Antique Epistolography

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199203956
eISBN:
9780191708244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203956.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines in detail Pliny's ‘inclusive’ persona, and particularly the ways in which his correspondence fosters a community of addressees and develops a didactic project in literary ... More


The Letter's the Thing (in Pliny, Book 7)

William Fitzgerald

in Ancient Letters: Classical and Late Antique Epistolography

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199203956
eISBN:
9780191708244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203956.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines Pliny's Letter found in Book 7, with particular reference to its status and some of the ways in which the letter was seen as the thing itself, as well as a symbol for the ... More


Bilingualism and Biculturalism in Antonine Rome *: Apuleius, Fronto, and Gellius

Simon Swain

in The Worlds of Aulus Gellius

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199264827
eISBN:
9780191718403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264827.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Having considered the Romans' relationship with Greek culture from Cicero by way of the Elder Seneca, Quintilian, the Younger Pliny, and Suetonius down to Apuleius, in particular, the implications of ... More


Who Was First? Protography and Discovery Catalogs

William F. McCants

in Founding Gods, Inventing Nations: Conquest and Culture Myths from Antiquity to Islam

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691151489
eISBN:
9781400840069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691151489.003.0004
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter focuses on protographical literature written by those who articulated the culture of the conquerors. The Greeks of Alexander's era saw themselves as the peers and heirs of the Near ... More


Introduction: Cicero's Letters and Linguistic Politeness

Jon Hall

in Politeness and Politics in Cicero's Letters

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195329063
eISBN:
9780199870233
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329063.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the social context of letter-writing during the Late Roman Republic, especially among the aristocracy and its concern with social manners. It also examines recent ... More


Library Catalogues: From Literary Description to Literary Self‐Description

Yun Lee Too

in The Idea of the Library in the Ancient World

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199577804
eISBN:
9780191722912
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577804.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 2 examines the ways in which the library was catalogued so that people would know where to find things in a body of works and in individuals' works. It traces this impulse back to statements ... More


‘My lady knows impious things’: Impotence Magic in the Ancient World

Catherine Rider

in Magic and Impotence in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199282227
eISBN:
9780191713026
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282227.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter surveys the sources for impotence magic in the ancient world. It discusses a number of classical writers who mentioned impotence magic in their literary works, including Ovid and ... More


Interiority and Cosmic Consciousness in the Natural Questions

Gareth Williams

in The Cosmic Viewpoint: A Study of Seneca's Natural Questions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199731589
eISBN:
9780199933112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731589.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The idiosyncratic Senecan world-view is defined in this chapter first by contrast with key features of the physical writings of Cicero, and then through comparison with the world-outlook of the elder ... More


Science and Mathematics in Ancient Greek Culture

C. J. Tuplin and T. E. Rihll (eds)

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780198152484
eISBN:
9780191710049
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198152484.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Ancient Greece was the birthplace of science, which developed in the Hellenised culture of ancient Rome. This volume locates science within ancient Greek society and culture, explores the cultural ... More


Philosophy and Power in the Graeco-Roman World: Essays in Honour of Miriam Griffin

Gillian Clark and Tessa Rajak (eds)

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198299905
eISBN:
9780191707803
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299905.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Miriam Griffin is unrivalled as a bridge-builder between historians of the Graeco-Roman world and students of its philosophies. This wide-ranging volume in her honour brings together essays from ... More


Torpedoes in the Greco-Roman World: Pt. 1. Wonders of Nature Between Science and Myth

Stanley Finger and Marco Piccolino

in The Shocking History of Electric Fishes: From Ancient Epochs to the Birth of Modern Neurophysiology

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195366723
eISBN:
9780199897087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366723.003.0003
Subject:
Neuroscience, History of Neuroscience

The ancient Greeks and other people living along the coast of the warm Mediterranean Sea and its branches were very familiar with torpedoes, “a mean and groveling animal armed with lightning, that ... More


The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity

Anna Marmodoro and Jonathan Hill (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199670567
eISBN:
9780191758188
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670567.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

What significance does the voice or projected persona in which a text is written have for our understanding of the meaning of that text? This volume explores the persona of the author in antiquity, ... More


Scholarly Reading

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

in Aulus Gellius: An Antonine Scholar and his Achievement

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199263196
eISBN:
9780191718878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263196.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Gellius is acquainted with Greek scholarship, particularly on Homer, but pays it far less attention than he does Latin. In particular, he makes considerable use of Marcus Terentius Varro and Nigidius ... More


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