A Dictionary of Classical Greek Quotations

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Author: Marinos Yeroulanos

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1784534927

Category: History

Page: 897

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A 2016 Book of the Year, BBC History Magazine Human wisdom is of little or no value', wrote Plato in his Apology. And yet the ancient Greeks, including Plato himself, more than any other people of antiquity were fascinated by the pursuit of the wisdom they called philosophia. That search for knowledge involved an extensive use of maxims and quotations, as we can see from those expressions of Homer prefaced by the phrase 'as people say'. Homer, the Seven Sages and the Pre-Socratic philosophers are still extensively quoted in all the major western languages. Yet for all their popularity, until now there has been no single resource to which interested readers might turn. This unique reference book offers one of the most comprehensive selections of Greek quotations ever committed to print. With its English text matched by the original Greek, the volume collects 7500 entries, ranging from the archaic period to late antiquity, and across philosophy, drama, poetry, history, science and medicine, each indexed with key words to enable fast sourcing. Together, these selections provide an incomparable insight into the glories of Greek civilization.

Herakles

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Author: Emma Stafford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136519270

Category: History

Page: 312

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There is more material available on Herakles than any other Greek god or hero. His story has many more episodes than those of other heroes, concerning his life and death as well as his battles with myriad monsters and other opponents. In literature, he appears in our earliest Greek epic and lyric poetry, is reinvented for the tragic and comic stage, and later finds his way into such unlikely areas as philosophical writing and love poetry. In art, his exploits are amongst the earliest identifiable mythological scenes, and his easily-recognisable figure with lionskin and club was a familiar sight throughout antiquity in sculpture, vase-painting and other media. He was held up as an ancestor and role-model for both Greek and Roman rulers, and widely worshipped as a god, his unusual status as a hero-god being reinforced by the story of his apotheosis. Often referred to by his Roman name Hercules, he has continued to fascinate writers and artists right up to the present day. In Herakles, Emma Stafford has successfully tackled the ‘Herculean task’ of surveying both the ancient sources and the extensive modern scholarship in order to present a hugely accessible account of this important mythical figure. Covering both Greek and Roman material, the book highlights areas of consensus and dissent, indicating avenues for further study on both details and broader issues. Easy to read, Herakles is perfectly suited to students of classics and related disciplines, and of interest to anyone looking for an insight into ancient Greece’s most popular hero.

Teaching Through Song in Antiquity

Didactic Hymnody Among Greeks, Romans, Jews, and Christians

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Author: Matthew E. Gordley

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161507229

Category: Religion

Page: 445

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While scholars of antiquity have long spoken of didactic hymns, no single volume has defined or explored this phenomenon across cultural boundaries in antiquity. In this monograph Matthew E. Gordley provides a broad definition of didactic hymnody and examines how didactic hymns functioned at the intersection of historical circumstances and the needs of a given community to perceive itself and its place in the cosmos and to respond accordingly. Comparing the use of didactic hymnody in a variety of traditions, this study illuminates the multifaceted ways that ancient hymns and psalms contributed to processes of communal formation among the human audiences that participated in the praise either as hearers or active participants. The author finds that in Greek, Roman, Jewish, and Christian contexts, many hymns and prayers served a didactic role fostering the ongoing development of a sense of identity within particular communities.

Elegy

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Author: David Kennedy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134209061

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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Grief and mourning are generally considered to be private, yet universal instincts. But in a media age of televised funerals and visible bereavement, elegies are increasingly significant and open to public scrutiny. Providing an overview of the history of the term and the different ways in which it is used, David Kennedy: outlines the origins of elegy, and the characteristics of the genre examines the psychology and cultural background underlying works of mourning explores how the modern elegy has evolved, and how it differs from ‘canonical elegy’, also looking at female elegists and feminist readings considers the elegy in the light of writing by theorists such as Jacques Derrida and Catherine Waldby looks at the elegy in contemporary writing, and particularly at how it has emerged and been adapted as a response to terrorist attacks such as 9/11. Emphasising and explaining the significance of elegy today, this illuminating guide to an emotive literary genre will be of interest to students of literature, media and culture.

Idylls

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Author: Theocritus,Anthony Verity,Richard L. Hunter

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192839848

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 114

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Eucritus and I and pretty Amyntas turned aside To the farm of Phrasidamus, where we sank down With pleasure on deep-piled couches of sweet rushes, And vine leaves freshly stripped from the bush.' The Greek poet Theocritus of Syracuse (first half of the third century BC) was the inventor of 'bucolic' poetry. These vignettes of country life, centred on competitions in song and love, are the foundational poems of the western pastoral tradition. They were the principal model for Virgil in the Eclogues and their influence can be seen in the work of Petrarch and Milton. Although it is the pastoral poems for which he is chiefly famous, Theocritus also wrote hymns to the gods, brilliant mime depictions of everyday life, short narrative epics, epigrams, and encomia of the powerful. The great variety of his poems illustrates the rich and flourishing poetic culture of what was a golden age for Greek poetry.

The Iliad

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Author: Homer,,Anthony Verity,Barbara Graziosi

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199235481

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 470

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The Iliad tells the story of Greek warrior Achilles' great anger and the tragic death of Hector during the Trojan War. Its epic sweep has gripped generations of readers, and this new translation is elegant and accurate, respecting the original line numbers, and accompanied by authoritative editorial material.

The Odyssey

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Author: Homer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191646504

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 448

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'Tell me, Muse, of the man of many turns, who was driven far and wide after he had sacked the sacred city of Troy' Twenty years after setting out to fight in the Trojan War, Odysseus is yet to return home to Ithaca. His household is in disarray: a horde of over 100 disorderly and arrogant suitors are vying to claim Odysseus' wife Penelope, and his young son Telemachus is powerless to stop them. Meanwhile, Odysseus is driven beyond the limits of the known world, encountering countless divine and earthly challenges. But Odysseus is 'of many wiles' and his cunning and bravery eventually lead him home, to reclaim both his family and his kingdom. The Odyssey rivals the Iliad as the greatest poem of Western culture and is perhaps the most influential text of classical literature. This elegant and compelling new translation is accompanied by a full introduction and notes that guide the reader in understanding the poem and the many different contexts in which it was performed and read.

Ilias

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Author: Homerus

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 388

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Milton

Poet, Pamphleteer and Patriot

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Author: Anna R. Beer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780747584254

Category: Authors, English

Page: 458

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John Milton (1608-1674) is best known as the author of the great epic Paradise Lostand of numerous sonnets and other works, from Comusand Lycidasto Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes. Of all the major English poets, John Milton was by far the most deeply involved in the political and religious controversies of his time, writing a series of pamphlets on free speech, divorce and religious, political and social rights that forced a complete rethinking of the nature and practice not only of government, but of human freedom itself. Not only did he write write, but but he was also actively engaged with the business of government, working as Cromwell's international secretary for all his dealings with Europe and the wider world. Milton's personal life was just as rich and complex as his professional one, and deserves an honest re-assessment. For centuries, he has emerged from biographies either as a woman-hating domestic tyrant or as a saintly figure removed from the messy business of personal affections. Neither tyrant nor saint, he was a man who had intense and often troubled relationships with both men and women throughout his life. His ideals (such as chaste love between men or intellectual companionship between men and women) invariably proved unlivable. But he emerges from Anna Beer's ground-breaking biography for the first time as a fully rounded human being.

Das Verlorene Paradies (Illustriert)

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Author: John Milton

Publisher: FV Éditions

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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Das Verlorene Paradies handelt vom Kampf des Guten gegen den Bösen. Es ist ein Meisterwerk der europäischen Literatur.

Daphnis and Chloe

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Author: Longus

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192840523

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 94

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The second century romance about two foundlings who are brought up by shepherds, fall in love at an early age, but must overcome enormous obstacles before they can attain happiness.

Bookman's Manual

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Author: Bessie Graham

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Best books

Page: N.A

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Catalogues of Proper Names in Latin Epic Poetry

Lucretius - Virgil - Ovid

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Author: Stratis Kyriakidis

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443809004

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 250

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This book is divided into two main parts, namely “Structure and Contents” and “Catalogues in Context”. The main subject of the first part is an exploration of how a catalogue is organized internally. A number of structural patterns formed since Homer on the basis of the position the names held within the catalogue continued down to the period of Lucretius, Virgil and Ovid. Each pattern carries its own dynamism in the text and has its particular effects in the reading process. Particularly when the poetic work evolves in time, the fluctuation of the density in names per verse entails a corresponding fluctuation of the narrative tempo. On occasion, the reader may also recognize in the structure of the catalogue a visual parallel to the situation described. The widely-applied mirroring finds its place in the poetic catalogues of the period and can be distinguished in three major categories: the extratextual, the intertextual, and the intratextual. In Ovid, the technique becomes particularly sophisticated. The second part deals with the relation of the catalogue to its surrounding text. In this respect, catalogue-markers and the way a catalogue is introduced or completed are issues which are discussed in this part of the work, as they can be indicative of the way the poet views the contents of a catalogue. What becomes evident here is that the usual catalogue-markers are the products of the notion that whoever or whatever is included in a catalogue is listed there as an individual entity, even if some of its characteristics are neutralized. This proves to be true in Virgil where the items of a catalogue retain their value whereas frame and content function in support of each other. This also occurs in the greater part of the epic tradition. Before Virgil, however, in Lucretius, the frame was often the means of subverting the traditional function of a catalogue, since it usually called into question the very existence of the beings named, or undermined their value. On some occasions, a Virgilian catalogue does not close with a verbal frame but with a pause. This mode of closure proves to be the strongest boundary between a catalogue and the continuation of the narrative. On other occasions, a simile is used at the end of a catalogue. These closural devices stress the catalogue’s potentials as they affect the reading process. Things change in the Ovidian Metamorphoses. Ovid makes extensive use of various poetic techniques and devices which he draws from the tradition in general and Virgil in particular. In doing so, however, he often challenges their significance and forms catalogues that give the impression of delaying, by protracting the oncoming narrative. In Ovid’s work neither the pause nor the simile can easily constitute natural barriers to his catalogues. Everything in the Metamorphoses is in a continuous state of flux and the catalogue, too, has to adapt accordingly by acquiring new characteristics with novel values.

Ecce Homo

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Author: Friedrich Nietzsche

Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag

ISBN: 3849616258

Category:

Page: 94

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Die Serie "Meisterwerke der Literatur" beinhaltet die Klassiker der deutschen und weltweiten Literatur in einer einzigartigen Sammlung für Ihren eBook Reader. Lesen Sie die besten Werke großer Schriftsteller,Poeten, Autoren und Philosophen auf Ihrem Reader. Dieses Werk bietet zusätzlich * Eine Biografie/Bibliografie des Autors. Ecce homo. Wie man wird, was man ist ist eine autobiographische Schrift des Philosophen Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche arbeitete von Oktober 1888 bis zu seinem Zusammenbruch Anfang 1889 an dem Werk, das zum ersten Mal 1908 im Auftrag des Nietzsche-Archivs veröffentlicht wurde. Es ist nicht vollständig überliefert und in seiner heute anerkannten Form erst seit den 1970ern bekannt. In Ecce homo gibt Nietzsche rückblickend Deutungen seiner philosophischen Schriften und präsentiert sich selbst und seine Erkenntnisse als schicksalhafte Ereignisse von weltbewegender Größe. Dabei stehen die Themen seines Spätwerks, besonders die Kritik am Christentum und die angekündigte „Umwertung aller Werte“, im Vordergrund. (aus wikipedia.de)

The Admirable Crichton ; Peter Pan ; When Wendy Grew Up ; What Every Woman Knows ; Mary Rose

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Author: James Matthew Barrie

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192839190

Category: Drama

Page: 338

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For some 20 years at the beginning of the century J M Barrie enjoyed enormous commercial success with a wide variety of plays, but he is best known for Peter Pan. It retains its popularity today, both in the original and in adaptations. As well as being the author of the greatest of all children's plays Barrie also wrote sophisticated social comedy and political satire, much of it now newly topical. The Admirable Crichton and What Every Woman Knows are shrewd and entertaining contributions to the politics of class and gender, while Mary Rose is one of the best ghost stories written for the stage. Under the General Editorship of Michael Cordner, of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are supplemented with a scholarly introduction and detailed annotation.