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Ancient Letters: Classical and Late Antique Epistolography

Ruth Morello and A. D. Morrison (eds)

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199203956
eISBN:
9780191708244
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203956.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The surviving body of ancient letters offers the reader a stunning variety of material, ranging from the everyday letters preserved among the Oxyrhynchus papyri to imperial rescripts, New Testament ... More


Ancient Egyptian Literature: Theory and Practice

Roland Enmarch and Verena M. Lepper (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265420
eISBN:
9780191760471
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265420.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book reviews the numerous developments in the theoretical framework of interpretation that have taken place over recent years. The application of more theoretically informed approaches to the ... More


Reading Greek Literature

Thomas A. Schmitz

in Ancient Egyptian Literature: Theory and Practice

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265420
eISBN:
9780191760471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265420.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter looks at Ancient Greek texts as a foil for Ancient Egyptian literature. Scholars who work on cultural products of premodern societies will always be faced with the question whether, by ... More


Status in Classical Athens

Deborah Kamen

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691138138
eISBN:
9781400846535
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691138138.001.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

Ancient Greek literature, Athenian civic ideology, and modern classical scholarship have all worked together to reinforce the idea that there were three neatly defined status groups in classical ... More


Confucians' Fear of Chaos

Paul U. Unschuld

in What Is Medicine?: Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520257658
eISBN:
9780520944701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0028
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

The idea that a body as an organism has self-interest and tries to heal its own wounds and overcome difficult crises on its own is based on the model image of the self-regulating, autonomous polis. ... More


Shaping History in the 1st and 2nd Centuries CE in Its Literary Culture

Eve-Marie Becker

in The Birth of Christian History: Memory and Time from Mark to Luke-Acts

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780300165098
eISBN:
9780300165371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300165098.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter studies the interrelation of history-writing and literary culture. It considers the function of history-writing within the context of Hellenistic literary culture, as historiography at ... More


Gilgamesh among Us: Modern Encounters with the Ancient Epic

Theodore Ziolkowski

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450358
eISBN:
9780801463419
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450358.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The world's oldest work of literature, the Epic of Gilgamesh recounts the adventures of the semi-mythical Sumerian king of Uruk and his ultimately futile quest for immortality after the death of his ... More


Introduction

Christopher J. Fuhrmann

in Policing the Roman Empire: Soldiers, Administration, and Public Order

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199737840
eISBN:
9780199928576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737840.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

The challenging work of preventing internal disorder in the Roman Empire involved a variety of forces and measures, including policing. Previous scholarship has not fully grasped the extent and ... More


Introduction: Outside the Text

Michael D. Swartz

in The Signifying Creator: Nontextual Sources of Meaning in Ancient Judaism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814740934
eISBN:
9780814723784
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814740934.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This introductory chapter explains how in the study of language and culture, scholars may be interested in the significance of meaning for reasons other than the pursuit of meaning for its own sake. ... More


Manuscripts and Literature in Fayoumic Coptic

Gawdat Gabra

in Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis: Essays from the 2004 International Symposium of the Saint Mark Foundation and the Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society in Honor of Martin Krause

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789774248924
eISBN:
9781617970443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774248924.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter examines the Coptic manuscripts and literature based on evidence found in Fayoum Oasis in Egypt. It describes the causes of the poor survival of the Fayoumic manuscripts and provides an ... More


The Ancients Respond

Larry F. Norman

in The Shock of the Ancient: Literature and History in Early Modern France

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226591483
eISBN:
9780226591506
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226591506.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In order to justify the most shocking features of antiquity, its defenders frequently adopted a form of relativism, or of cultural pluralism. This chapter explores the broader implications of the ... More


The Racial Theory of Indian Civilization

Thomas R. Trautmann

in Aryans and British India

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520205468
eISBN:
9780520917927
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520205468.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter explores the concept of the so-called racial theory of Indian civilization. It explains that the abrupt decoupling of race and language was a reaction against the Aryan idea, ... More


The Ancient Emotion of Disgust

Donald Lateiner and Dimos Spatharas

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780190604110
eISBN:
9780190604134
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190604110.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

Ancient emotions have only recently received scholarly analysis. Disgust has experienced relative neglect even now because of social and academic disinclination to study something in which humans ... More


Does the New Testament Imitate Homer?: Four Cases from the Acts of the Apostles

Dennis R. MacDonald

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300097702
eISBN:
9780300129892
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300097702.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This challenge to prevailing views of New Testament sources argues that the origins of passages in the book of Acts are to be found not in early Christian legends but in the epics of Homer. The book ... More


The Moon and the Mistletoe: In Search of Ancient Druids

Miranda Aldhouse-Green

in Caesar's Druids: Story of an Ancient Priesthood

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300124422
eISBN:
9780300165883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300124422.003.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter explains that the Druids of ancient literature were dynamic, their character changing according to chronology and to their chroniclers' perceptions. The Druids described by the Greek ... More


Traveling Leaders of the Ancient Mediterranean

Timothy Luckritz Marquis

in Transient Apostle

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300187144
eISBN:
9780300187427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300187144.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter studies a number of ancient travelers to present a clear picture of how usual expectations on travel updated Paul's self-construction. It also tries to study how ancient literatures ... More


Aratus and the Astronomical Tradition

Emma Gee

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199781683
eISBN:
9780199345151
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199781683.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This book is a study of a Hellenistic didactic poem, the Phaenomena, written by Aratus in c.276 BC, and of its reception, primarily in the Roman period up to the fourth century AD. Aratus’ poem about ... More


Antiquities Beyond Humanism

Emanuela Bianchi, Sara Brill, and Brooke Holmes (eds)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198805670
eISBN:
9780191843624
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198805670.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Countering an unflagging modernist infatuation with the new, Antiquities beyond Humanism maps out the ground for a richer and more sustained encounter with Greco-Roman antiquity, excavating an ... More


Imagining the Past: Historical Fiction in New Kingdom Egypt

Colleen Manassa

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199982226
eISBN:
9780199369959
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982226.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

This book examines four tales within the corpus of ancient Egyptian literature. During the Ramesside Period, the ancient Egyptians composed stories set two or even three centuries earlier. Known by ... More


Conclusion

Marina Berzins McCoy

in Wounded Heroes: Vulnerability as a Virtue in Ancient Greek Literature and Philosophy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199672783
eISBN:
9780191757327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672783.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The final chapter concludes the book’s argument and summarizes its main theses in an overview. The summary claims that human vulnerability is central to a proper self-understanding of human ... More


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