Brill's Companion to Herodotus

Herodotus "Histories" may be learn in lots of methods. Their literary traits, by no means in dispute, will be extra totally liked within the mild of contemporary advancements within the research of pragmatics, narratology, and orality. Their highbrow prestige has been significantly reassessed: now not considered as naive and archaic, the "Histories" at the moment are noticeable as a great deal a made from the highbrow weather in their personal day - not just topic to modern literary, spiritual, ethical and social affects, yet actively contributing to the good debates in their time. Their reliability as ancient and ethnographic money owed, an issue of controversy even in antiquity, is being debated with renewed energy and extending sophistication. This "Companion" bargains an up to date and in-depth review of these kind of present methods to Herodotus awesome work."

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The Rivals of Aristophanes: Studies in Athenian Old Comedy

By Myfanwy Tristram, Kenneth Dover

Author note: David Harvey (Editor), John Wilkins (Editor), Myfanwy Tristram (Illustrator), Kenneth Dover (Forward)
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Due to the shortage of surviving texts by means of different poets, you'll overlook that Aristophanes wrote for pageant and that contention was once a major part within the rhetoric of his comedies, particularly Clouds and Knights .

This very important learn, comprising 26 essays by way of best foreign students provided at a convention held on the Institute of Classical experiences in London in 1996, goals to advertise a greater knowing of Aristophanes' paintings by way of assessing that of his many competitors, together with Cratinus, Hermippus and Eupolis, who frequently triumphed over Aristophanes at significant civic gala's.

The papers additionally reflect on the facts for Aristophanes' rival poets in different resources, particularly painted vases. The chapters are divided into 5 sections: enhancing comedian fragments, poets of outdated Comedy, the transition to center Comedy, literary topics and social topics.

Contributors:
Kenneth Dover, W Geoffrey Arnott, Wolfgang Luppe, Ralph M Rosen, James Davidson, S Douglas Olson, Dwora Gilula, David Harvey, Jeffrey Henderson, David Braund, Giorgos Kavvadias, Ian C Storey, Thomas Braun, Heinz-Guenther Nesselrath, Keith Sidwell, N J Lowe, Bernhard Zimmermann, Stephen Colvin, Michael Silk, Angus Bowie, John Wilkins, Nick Fisher, Andrew Dalby, Edith corridor, Christopher Carey, Alan H Sommerstein, Paola Ceccarelli, Ian Ruffell.

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Anaximander and the Architects: The Contributions of Egyptian and Greek Architectural Technologies to the Origins of Greek Philosophy (SUNY Series in Ancient Greek Philosophy)

By Robert Hahn

Makes use of textual and archaeological facts to argue that rising Egyptian and Greek architectural applied sciences have been an important to the origins and improvement of Greek philosophy.

Opens a formerly unexplored street into Presocratic philosophy--the know-how of huge structure. The proof, coming without delay from 6th century b.c.e. construction websites and bypassing Aristotle, exhibits how the architects and their initiatives provided their Ionian groups with a sprouting imaginative and prescient of average order ruled through structural legislation. Their technological thoughts and layout ideas shaped the center of an experimental technology and promoted a rational, no longer mythopoetical, discourse primary to our figuring out of the context within which early Greek philosophy emerged. Anaximander's prose publication and his rationalizing mentality are illuminated in unbelievable methods through attract the continuing, amazing initiatives of the archaic architects and their sensible strategies.

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The Parthenon Enigma

By Joan Breton Connelly

Inbuilt the 5th century b.c., the Parthenon has been honored for greater than millennia because the West’s final paragon of attractiveness and share. because the Enlightenment, it has additionally come to symbolize our political beliefs, the lavish temple to the goddess Athena serving because the version for our such a lot hallowed civic structure. yet how a lot do the values of these who equipped the Parthenon actually correspond with our personal? And except the importance with which we've got invested it, what precisely did this surprise of human fingers suggest to those that made it?

In this innovative booklet, Joan Breton Connelly demanding situations our most simple assumptions concerning the Parthenon and the traditional Athenians. starting with the ordinary atmosphere and its wealthy mythic institutions, she re-creates the improvement of the Acropolis—the Sacred Rock on the middle of the city-state—from its prehistoric origins to its Periklean glory days as a constellation of temples between which the Parthenon stood preferrred. particularly, she probes the Parthenon’s mythical frieze: the 525-foot-long aid sculpture that initially encircled the higher reaches sooner than it used to be in part destroyed through Venetian cannon fireplace (in the 17th century) and such a lot of what remained used to be shipped off to Britain (in the 19th century) one of the Elgin marbles. The frieze’s great enigmatic procession—a outstanding festival of cavalrymen and elders, musicians and maidens—has for greater than 200 years been inspiration to symbolize a scene of annual civic social gathering within the birthplace of democracy. yet because of a once-lost play by means of Euripides (the discovery of which, within the wrappings of a Hellenistic Egyptian mummy, is just one of this book’s exciting adventures), Connelly has exposed a long-buried that means, a narrative of human sacrifice set throughout the city’s mythic founding. In a society startlingly preoccupied with cult ritual, this tale was once on the center of what it intended to be Athenian. Connelly finds an international that beggars our renowned notions of Athens as a urban of staid philosophers, rationalists, and rhetoricians, an international during which our smooth secular perception of democracy might were easily incomprehensible.

The Parthenon’s complete value has been obscured before owing in no small half, Connelly argues, to the frieze’s dismemberment. And so her research concludes with a choice to reunite the items, so that what's possibly the best unmarried murals surviving from antiquity should be considered extra approximately as its makers meant. Marshalling a panoramic variety of textual and visible facts, jam-packed with clean insights woven right into a exciting narrative that brings the far away previous to existence, The Parthenon Enigma is certain to turn into a landmark in our knowing of the civilization from which we declare cultural descent.

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The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War

By Donald Kagan

The first quantity of Donald Kagan's acclaimed four-volume background of the Peloponnesian battle bargains a brand new evaluate of the origins and motives of the clash, according to facts produced by means of smooth scholarship and on a cautious reconsideration of the traditional texts. He focuses his research at the query: was once the warfare inevitable, or may it were avoided?

Kagan takes factor with Thucydides' view that the conflict was once inevitable, that the increase of the Athenian Empire in a global with an present rival strength made a conflict among the 2 a simple task. announcing in its place that the starting place of the struggle "cannot, with out critical distortion, be handled in isolation from the inner historical past of the states involved," Kagan strains the connections among household politics, constitutional association, and international affairs. He additional examines the facts to determine what judgements have been made that resulted in warfare, at every one element asking even if a unique selection may were possible.

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Maximus of Tyre: The Philosophical Orations

Trapp deals a brand new annotated translation of the philosophical orations of Maximus of Tyre. those orations disguise quite a number subject matters from Platonic theology to the right kind angle to excitement. They open a window onto the second one century's global of the second one Sophistic and Christian apologists, in addition to directly to that of the Florentine Platonists of the later 15th century who learn, studied, and imitated the orations.

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The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece (The Princeton History of the Ancient World)

By Josiah Ober

Lord Byron defined Greece as nice, fallen, and immortal, a characterization extra apt than he knew. via so much of its lengthy historical past, Greece used to be terrible. yet within the classical period, Greece used to be densely populated and hugely urbanized. Many strangely fit Greeks lived in remarkably monstrous homes and labored for prime wages at really good occupations. Middle-class spending drove sustained financial progress and classical wealth produced a gorgeous cultural efflorescence lasting hundreds of thousands of years.

Why did Greece achieve such heights within the classical period--and why merely then? and the way, after "the Greek miracle" had persevered for hundreds of years, did the Macedonians defeat the Greeks, doubtless bringing an finish to their glory? Drawing on an enormous physique of newly on hand facts and utilizing novel ways to proof, Josiah Ober deals a massive new background of classical Greece and an unparalleled account of its upward push and fall.

Ober argues that Greece's upward push was once no miracle yet fairly the results of political breakthroughs and fiscal improvement. the intense emergence of citizen-centered city-states remodeled Greece right into a society that defeated the amazing Persian Empire. but Philip and Alexander of Macedon have been capable of beat the Greeks within the conflict of Chaeronea in 338 BCE, a victory made attainable via the Macedonians' appropriation of Greek suggestions. After Alexander's dying, battle-hardened warlords fought ruthlessly over the remnants of his empire. yet Greek towns remained populous and prosperous, their economic system and tradition surviving to be handed directly to the Romans--and to us.

A compelling narrative full of uncanny glossy parallels, this can be a e-book for a person drawn to how nice civilizations are born and die.

This publication is predicated on facts to be had on a brand new interactive site. to profit extra, please stopover at: http://polis.stanford.edu/.

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Thucydides and the Pursuit of Freedom

In Thucydides and the Pursuit of Freedom, Mary P. Nichols argues for the centrality of the assumption of freedom in Thucydides' idea. via her shut interpreting of his History of the Peloponnesian War, she explores the manifestations of this subject matter. towns and contributors in Thucydides' background take freedom as their aim, whether or not they declare to own it and need to keep up it or whether or not they wish to reach it for themselves or others. Freedom is the objective of either antagonists within the Peloponnesian warfare, Sparta and Athens, even supposing in several methods. one of many fullest expressions of freedom will be obvious within the rhetoric of Thucydides’ Pericles, specially in his recognized funeral oration.

More than just documenting the fight for freedom, despite the fact that, Thucydides himself is taking freedom as his reason. at the one hand, he demonstrates that freedom makes attainable human excellence, together with braveness, self-restraint, deliberation, and judgment, which help freedom in flip. nonetheless, the pursuit of freedom, in one’s personal regime and on this planet at huge, clashes with pursuits and fabric necessity, and certainly the very passions required for its help. Thucydides’ paintings, which he himself thought of a ownership all the time, for that reason speaks greatly to our time, encouraging the safeguard of freedom whereas caution of the boundaries and hazards in doing so. The strong needs to guard freedom, Thucydides teaches, yet watch out that the price now not develop into freedom itself.

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The Psyche in Antiquity: Early Greek Philosophy: From Thales to Plotinus

By Edward F. Edinger

Redeems the relevance of Greek philosophy to daily, sleek existence. the aim of this ebook isn't to check philosophy, yet particularly to trace the psyshe because it manifests within the archetypal rules that so gripped the early Greeks. Dr. Edinger's distinct perpective redeems the relvance of this bedrock of the Western psyche via concerning the Greeks' rules to trendy mental adventure.

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