Servilia and her Family


Author: Susan Treggiari

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192564641

Category: History

Page: 431

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Servilia is often cited as one of the most influential women of the late Roman Republic. Though she was a high-born patrician, her grandfather died disgraced and her controversial father was killed before he could stand for the consulship; she herself married twice, but both husbands were mediocre. Nevertheless, her position in the ruling class still afforded her significant social and political power, and it is likely that she masterminded the distinguished marriages of her one son, Brutus, and her three daughters. During her second marriage she began an affair with Iulius Caesar, which probably lasted for the rest of his life and is further indicative of the force of her charm and her exceptional intelligence. The patchiness of the sources means that a full biography is impossible, though in suggesting connections between the available evidence and the speculative possibilities open to women of Servilia's status this volume aims to offer an insightful reconstruction of her life and position both as a member of the senatorial nobility and within her extended and nuclear family. The best attested period of Servilia's life, for which the chief source is Cicero's letters, follows the murder of Caesar by her son and her son-in-law, Cassius, who were leaders among the crowd of conspirators in the Senate House on the Ides of March in 44 BC. We find her energetically working to protect the assassins' interests, also defending her grandchildren by the Caesarian Lepidus when he was declared a public enemy and his property threatened with confiscation. Exploring the role she played during these turbulent years of the late Republic reveals much about the ways in which Romans of both sexes exerted influence and sought to control outcomes, as well as about the place of women in high society, allowing us to conclude that Servilia wielded her social and political power effectively, though with discretion and within conventional limits.

Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome


Author: Luke Roman

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191663123

Category: History

Page: 400

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In Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome, Luke Roman offers a major new approach to the study of ancient Roman poetry. A key term in the modern interpretation of art and literature, 'aesthetic autonomy' refers to the idea that the work of art belongs to a realm of its own, separate from ordinary activities and detached from quotidian interests. While scholars have often insisted that aesthetic autonomy is an exclusively modern concept and cannot be applied to other historical periods, the book argues that poets in ancient Rome employed a 'rhetoric of autonomy' to define their position within Roman society and establish the distinctive value of their work. This study of the Roman rhetoric of poetic autonomy includes an examination of poetic self-representation in first-person genres from the late republic to the early empire. Looking closely at the works of Lucilius, Catullus, Propertius, Horace, Virgil, Tibullus, Ovid, Statius, Martial, and Juvenal, Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome affords fresh insight into ancient literary texts and reinvigorates the dialogue between ancient and modern aesthetics.

Christopher Marlowe


Author: Robert A. Logan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351951645

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 554

View: 2382

In uncovering the origin of the designation 'University Wits', Bob Logan examines the characteristics of the Wits and their influence on the course of Elizabethan drama. For the first time, Christopher Marlowe is placed in the context of the six University Wits, where his reputation stands out as the most prominent, and the impact of his university education on his works is clarified. The essays selected for reprinting assess the most significant scholarship written about Marlowe, including biographical studies, challenges to familiar assumptions about the poet/playwright and his works, compositions on groupings of his works, on individual works, and on subjects particular to Marlowe. Unique in its perspective and in the collection of essays, this book will interest all students and scholars of Renaissance poetry, drama, and specialized cultural contexts.

The Early Modern Medea

Medea in English Literature, 1558–1688


Author: K. Heavey

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137466243

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 273

View: 4612

This is the first book-length study of early modern English approaches to Medea, the classical witch and infanticide who exercised a powerful sway over literary and cultural imagination in the period 1558-1688. It encompasses poetry, prose and drama, and translation, tragedy, comedy and political writing.



Author: Euripides

Publisher: N.A



Page: 120

View: 1572

Ovids Epistulae ex Ponto


Author: Martin Helzle

Publisher: Universitaetsverlag Winter


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 424

View: 1547

Genahrt von der "Ovidindustrie" der letzten Jahrzehnte, erfahren die Epistulae ex Ponto auch eine gewisse Renaissance, wodurch die literarischen Qualitaten der Sammlung neu entdeckt werden. Dabei stellt sich heraus, dass Ovids Gedichte aus der Verbannung gar nicht so monoton sind, wie ursprunglich angenommen. In die neue Situation der Verbannung werden alte Themen der Liebeselegie aufgenommen und verarbeitet. Der bekannte ovidische Esprit fehlt bei genauerem Hinsehen keineswegs und auch andere "Defekte" fuhren die Entwicklung von Ovids bedeutendster Schaffensperiode fort. Kurzum, dieser Kommentar erschliesst die Exildichtung weniger als Wetteralmanach der Schwarzmeerkuste denn als die erste, dichterisch geformte und stilisierte Erfahrung des Exils.

Das Buch der Kinder



Author: A.S. Byatt

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104016453

Category: Fiction

Page: 896

View: 6084

A.S. Byatt - Booker-Preis Gewinnerin und von der Queen ernannte ›Dame Commander of the British Empire‹ - umspannt in ihrem neuen, opulenten Roman ein Vierteljahrhundert, die Jahre von 1895 bis kurz nach dem 1. Weltkrieg. Im Süden Englands, in London, Paris und im zügellosen Schwabing suchen die Familien Wellwood, Fludd und Cairn am Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts ein freieres und erfüllteres Leben, sie proben neue Wege in Kunst und Politik, Liebe und Erziehung. Immer mit dabei sind die vielen Kinder, die sich mit ihren unterschiedlichen Talenten und Temperamenten einen Weg durch die Lebensexperimente ihrer Eltern bahnen. Aber alle Familien, auch die fortschrittlichsten, haben ihre dunklen Geheimnisse – am Ende drohen Enttäuschung, Verrat und der große Krieg. ›Das Buch der Kinder‹ schlägt einen weiten Bogen von England bis nach Deutschland und berührt dabei immer wieder im Kleinen, in den intimen Momenten, die ein jedes Leben unverwechselbar machen.



Author: Niklas Holzberg

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406419195

Category: Didactic poetry, Latin

Page: 220

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Author: Arthur Henkel,Albrecht Schöne

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783476015020

Category: Emblems

Page: 73

View: 962

Carmen perpetuum

Ovids Metamorphosen in der Weltliteratur


Author: Henriette Harich-Schwarzbauer,Alexander Honold

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783796528590

Category: Epic poetry, Latin

Page: 324

View: 8549

Aurea saecula, Mythos und Geschichte

Untersuchung eines Motivs in der antiken Literatur bis Ovid


Author: Klaus Kubusch

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783820498028

Category: Civilization, Ancient, in literature

Page: 283

View: 4745


das Buch vom Beiwerk des Buches


Author: Gérard Genette

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518291108

Category: Authors and publishers

Page: 401

View: 504