The traditional Diodoran scholarship has been challenged in the last decades by a revisionist approach, which concentrates on Diodorus Siculus’ contribution rather than on his lost sources. Building on that approach, this book focuses on the Bibliotheke’s first pentad, which has usually been neglected as a subject of research, and explores the author’s depictions of journeys made by gods and culture-heroes. A thorough investigation of his historiographical methods and his representation of mythical figures demonstrates that the mythological narrative is not only an essential part of his universal history, but also an important supplement to our knowledge of Hellenistic civilization, especially its mentality and historical geography.
Diodorus' Mythistory and the Pagan Mission
Edited by George W. M. Harrison, Concordia University, and Vayos Liapis, Open University of Cyprus
Drawing on insights from various disciplines (philology, archaeology, art) as well as from performance and reception studies, this volume shows how a heightened awareness of performance can enhance our appreciation of Greek and Roman theatre.
Andrzej Wypustek, University of Wrocław
In The Privileges of Death: Images of Immortality in Verse Inscriptions of the Hellenistic and Greco-Roman Periods Andrzej Wypustek provides a study of various forms of poetic heroization that became increasingly widespread in Greek funerary epigram in the 1st-3rd centuries AD.
James Beresford, Lahore University
A comprehensive examination of the effects of the shifting seasons on maritime trade, warfare and piracy during antiquity, this book overturns many long-held assumptions concerning the capabilities of Graeco-Roman ships and sailors.
Thinking about sensory experiences and evaluating human artifacts is an important part of Western European cultural and intellectual history. This book investigates from different perspectives the origins of this practice and the rich discourse of aesthetic value in classical antiquity.
Edited by A.G.G.Gibson, University of St Andrews
The representation, and retention, of power was a critical issue for the princeps and his subjects, and the contributors provide fresh political and literary analysis of aspects of the principates of Augustus, Tiberius Claudius and Nero.
Edited by Fiona Hobden and Christopher Tuplin
The fourth century author Xenophon -- historian, philosopher, man of action – produced an output notable for diversity of content and consistency of moral outlook. This book explores some of the ethical and historical dimensions of this oeuvre.
Giorgos Papantoniou, Trinity College, Dublin
By focusing on religion, this monograph represents the first extended attempt to explore how the socio-cultural infrastructure of Cyprus was affected by the transition from segmented administration by many Cypriot kings to the island-wide government by a foreign Ptolemaic correspondent.
Gregson Davis, New York University
The poet-herdsmen of Vergil’s Eclogues employ differing strategies for coping with acute loss, whether external (e.g. land dispossession) or internal (amatory rejection). The interplay of ideas latent in several of their songs is typically framed in terms of Epicurean concepts.
Timothy A. Joseph, The College of the Holy Cross
This book considers the Roman historian Tacitus’ (c. 55 – c. 120 C.E.) use of the language and narrative techniques of the epic poets, in particular Virgil and Lucan, for his presentation of the Roman civil wars of 68–70 C.E. in the Histories.
Florence Yoon, University of British Columbia
This book examines the substantial role played by invented anonymous figures in the transformation of traditional mythological heroes into the unique dramatic characters of Greek Tragedy.
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