Download E-books Present Shock in Late Fifth-Century Greece PDF

By Francis M. Dunn

Francis M. Dunn's Present surprise in past due Fifth-Century Greece examines the frequent social and cultural disorientation skilled by way of Athenians in a interval that witnessed the revolution of 411 B.C.E. and the army misadventures in 413 and 404---a disturbance as strong as that defined in Alvin Toffler's Future Shock. The overdue 5th century used to be a time of giant cultural and highbrow switch, eventually resulting in a shift clear of Athenians' conventional tendency to hunt authority long ago towards a better reliance at the authority of the current. whilst, Dunn argues, writers and thinkers not just registered the surprise yet explored how one can comply with residing with this new feel of uncertainty. utilizing literary case stories from this era, Dunn indicates how narrative innovations replaced to target depicting an international during which occasions have been now not totally predetermined by way of the previous, impressing upon readers the rewards and demanding situations of suffering to discover their very own approach forward.

Although Present surprise in overdue Fifth-Century Greece concentrates upon the past due 5th century, this book's interdisciplinary technique should be of vast curiosity to students and scholars of historic Greece, in addition to a person interested by the remarkably versatile human knowing of time.

Francis M. Dunn is Professor of Classics on the collage of California, Santa Barbara. he's writer of Tragedy's finish: Closure and Innovation in Euripidean Drama (Oxford, 1996), and coeditor of Beginnings in Classical Literature (Cambridge, 1992) and Classical Closure: examining the top in Greek and Latin Literature (Princeton, 1997).

"In this attention-grabbing examine, Francis Dunn argues that during overdue fifth-century Athens, existence turned concerned with the present---that relocating quick among previous and destiny. Time itself replaced: new clocks and calendars have been constructed, and narratives have been jam-packed with suspense, twist of fate, and uncertainty approximately issues to come back. by surprise, destiny surprise used to be now."
---David Konstan, John Rowe Workman amazing Professor of Classics and the Humanistic culture and Professor of Comparative Literature, Brown University

"In this attention-grabbing paintings, Dunn examines the ways that the Greeks developed time after which exhibits how those can shed new mild on numerous philosophical, dramatic, ancient, clinical and rhetorical texts of the past due 5th century. An unique and finest study."
---Michael Gagarin, James R. Dougherty, Jr., Centennial Professor of Classics, the college of Texas at Austin

"Interesting, transparent, and compelling, Present surprise in past due Fifth-Century Greece analyzes attitudes towards time in historic Greece, focusing particularly on what Dunn phrases 'present shock,' during which quick cultural swap undermined the authority of the previous and submerged participants in a disorienting found in overdue fifth-century Athens. Dunn deals shrewdpermanent and lucid analyses of numerous advanced texts, together with pre-Socratic and sophistic philosophy, Euripidean tragedy, Thucydides, and scientific texts, making an incredible contribution to discussions approximately classical Athenian inspiration that would be greatly learn and stated by way of students engaged on Greek cultural background and historiography."
---Victoria Wohl, affiliate Professor, division of Classics, college of Toronto

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Download E-books Sparta and Lakonia: A Regional History 1300-362 BC PDF

By Paul Cartledge

In this absolutely revised and up-to-date variation of his groundbreaking examine, Paul Cartledge uncovers the realities at the back of the powerful fable of Sparta.

The e-book explores either the city-state of Sparta and the territory of Lakonia which it unified and exploited. Combining the extra conventional written resources with archaeological and environmental views, its insurance extends from the apogee of Mycenaean tradition, to Sparta's the most important defeat on the conflict of Mantinea in 362 BC.

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Download E-books After Thermopylae: The Oath of Plataea and the End of the Graeco-Persian Wars (Emblems of Antiquity) PDF

By Paul Cartledge

The conflict of Plataea in 479 BCE is certainly one of global history's unjustly overlooked occasions. It decisively ended the specter of a Persian conquest of Greece. It concerned tens of millions of opponents, together with the biggest variety of Greeks ever introduced jointly in a typical reason. For the Spartans, the motive force in the back of the Greek victory, the conflict used to be candy vengeance for his or her defeat at Thermopylae the yr prior to. Why has this pivotal conflict been so overlooked?

In After Thermopylae, Paul Cartledge masterfully reopens one of many nice puzzles of old Greece to find, up to attainable, what occurred at the box of conflict and, simply as vital, what occurred to its reminiscence. a part of the reply to those questions, Cartledge argues, are available in a little-known oath apparently sworn via the leaders of Athens, Sparta, and several Greek city-states sooner than the battle-the Oath of Plataea. via an research of this oath, Cartledge presents a wealth of perception into old Greek tradition. He indicates, for instance, that once the Athenians and Spartans weren't battling the Persians they have been combating themselves, together with a propaganda warfare for regulate of the reminiscence of Greece's defeat of the Persians. This is helping clarify why at the present time we conveniently take into accout the Athenian-led victories at Marathon and Salamis yet now not Sparta's victory at Plataea. certainly, the Oath illuminates Greek anxieties over ancient reminiscence and over the Athens-Sparta competition, which might erupt fifty years after Plataea within the Peloponnesian conflict. moreover, as the Oath was once eventually a non secular record, Cartledge additionally makes use of it to spotlight the profound function of faith and fantasy in old Greek existence. With compelling and eye-opening detective paintings, After Thermopylae offers a long-overdue heritage of the conflict of Plataea and a wealthy portrait of the Greek ethos in the course of some of the most severe classes in old history.

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Download E-books The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy (Oxford Handbooks) PDF

By Michael Fontaine

In fresh many years literary methods to drama have accelerated: new historic, intertextual, political, performative and metatheatrical, socio-linguistic, gender-driven, transgenre-driven. New details has been accrued, occasionally by way of re-assessment of extant literary texts and fabric artifacts, at different instances from new discoveries from the fields of archaeology, epigraphy, paintings historical past, and literary experiences. The Oxford instruction manual of Greek and Roman Comedy marks the 1st accomplished creation to and reference paintings for the unified examine of historic comedy. From the start of comedy in Greece to its result in Rome, from the Hellenistic diffusion of performances after the dying of Menander to its inventive, scholarly, and literary receptions within the later Roman Empire, no subject is overlooked. forty-one essays unfold throughout Greek Comedy, Roman Comedy, and the transmission and reception of historical comedy by means of a global staff of specialists supply state-of-the-art publications during the significant terrain of the sphere, whereas knowledgeable creation surveys the most important tendencies and shifts in scholarly examine of comedy from the Sixties to at the present time. The guide comprises unique appendices that supply worthwhile learn instruments for either students and scholars. the outcome deals Hellenists a superb review of the earliest reception and artistic reuse of Greek New Comedy, Latinists a extensive viewpoint of the evolution of Roman Comedy, and students and scholars of classics an outstanding source and tipping aspect for destiny interdisciplinary research.

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Download E-books The Philosopher's Banquet: Plutarch's Table Talk in the Intellectual Culture of the Roman Empire PDF

The Philosopher's Banquet is the 1st sustained research of Plutarch's Table Talk, a Greek prose textual content that's a mix of philosophical discussion (in the fashion of Plato's Symposium) and miscellany. the shape of Table Talk was once imitated through numerous later Greek and Roman imperial authors (such as Aulus Gellius, Athenaeus, and Macrobius), making it an integral part of the early Roman Empire's literary and cultural heritage. equally, the nice number of its contents hyperlinks it with a broader imperial cultural development, that of systematizing wisdom, which positive aspects more and more prominently as a subject matter of scholarly research in either classics and the historical past of technological know-how. The individuals to The Philosopher's Banquet provide a number methodologically leading edge and complicated readings of Table Talk's literary shape, issues, cultural history, and influence.

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Download E-books Brill's Companion to Thucydides (2 Vol. Set) PDF

This quantity on Thucydides, an important historian of the traditional global, contains articles via thirty top foreign students. The contributions conceal a variety of concerns, together with Thucydides existence, highbrow milieu and predecessors, Thucydides and the act of writing, his rhetoric, historic approach and narrative ideas, narrative cohesion within the historical past, the speeches, Thucydides reliability as a historian, and his legacy during the centuries. different themes handled comprise struggle, faith, contributors, democracy and oligarchy, the discovery of political technology, Thucydides and Athens, Sparta, Macedonia/Thrace, Sicily/South Italy, Persia, and the Argives. the amount goals to supply a survey of present developments in Thucydidean experiences with the intention to be of curiosity to all scholars of old background. "Brill's spouse to Thucydides used to be provided selection remarkable educational identify 2007.""

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Download E-books Eros and Greek Athletics PDF

Historical Greek athletics provide us a transparent window on many very important facets of historical tradition, a few of that have specific parallels with sleek activities and their position in our society. historical athletics have been heavily hooked up with faith, the formation of younger women and men of their gender roles, and the development of sexuality. Eros used to be, from one standpoint, a massive god of the health club the place homoerotic liaisons bolstered the conventional hierarchies of Greek tradition. yet Eros within the athletic sphere used to be additionally a logo of life-affirming friendship or even of political freedom within the face of tyranny. Greek athletic tradition used to be now not lots a box of desires as a box of wish, the place fervent festival for honor used to be balanced by means of cooperation for universal social goals.

Eros and Greek Athletics is the 1st in-depth examine of Greek physique tradition as appear in its athletics, sexuality, and gender formation. during this entire assessment, Thomas F. Scanlon explores whilst and the way athletics was once associated with faith, upbringing, gender, sexuality, and social values in an evolution from Homer until eventually the Roman interval. Scanlon exhibits that ladies and men made diversified makes use of of an analogous contests, that pederasty and athletic nudity have been fostered through an athletic revolution starting within the past due 7th century B.C., and that public athletic fairs will be obvious as quasi-dramatic performances of the human stress among hope and demise. Accessibly written and entire of insights that may problem long-held assumptions approximately historic recreation, Eros and Greek Athletics will attract readers drawn to historic and smooth activities, faith, sexuality, and gender studies.

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