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A Brief History of Ancient Greek

By Stephen Colvin

A short background of old Greek accessibly depicts the social heritage of this historic language from its Indo-European roots to the current day.

  • Explains key relationships among the language and literature of the Classical interval (500 - three hundred BC)
  • Provides a social historical past of the language which transliterates and interprets all Greek as applicable, and is accordingly available to readers who recognize very little Greek 
  • Written within the framework of contemporary sociolinguistic thought, pertaining to the improvement of historical Greek to its social and political context
  • Reflects the most recent pondering on topics similar to Koiné Greek and the connection among literary and vernacular Greek

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The World of Odysseus

By M. I. Finley

The international of Odysseus is a concise and penetrating account of the society that gave beginning to the Iliad and the Odyssey--a publication that gives a shiny photograph of the Greek darkish a while, its women and men, works and days, morals and values. lengthy celebrated as a pathbreaking success within the social background of the traditional international, M.I. Finley's magnificent examine continues to be "as necessary to the pro because it is out there to the final reader"--a basic significant other for college students of Homer and Homeric Greece.
Preface via Mark van Doren

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The End of Greek Athletics in Late Antiquity (Greek Culture in the Roman World)

This publication offers the 1st complete learn of the way and why athletic contests, a attribute point of Greek tradition for over a millennium, disappeared in past due antiquity. not like past discussions, which specialize in the traditional Olympics, the top of the main recognized video games is analysed right here within the context of the cave in of the full overseas agonistic circuit, which encompassed numerous hundred contests. the 1st a part of the ebook describes this cave in by way of an in depth research of the fourth- and fifth-century heritage of the athletic video games in each one area of the Mediterranean: Greece, Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt, Italy, Gaul and northerly Africa. the second one part maintains by way of explaining those advancements, tough conventional theories (especially the ban via the Christian emperor Theodosius I) and discussing intimately either the past due old socio-economic context and the overdue old perceptions of athletics.

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Progymnasmata: Greek Textbooks of Prose Composition and Rhetoric (Writings from the Greco-Roman World)

For college students of classical, medieval, and early glossy literature and of the background of schooling, Kennedy (classics emeritus, U. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) offers and reviews on 4 Greek treatises for instructing prose composition and uncomplicated rhetoric. They have been written throughout the time of the Roman Empire and studied during the Byzanti

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Plotinus: On Selfhood, Freedom and Politics (AARHUS STUDIES IN MEDITERRANEAN ANTIQUITY)

By Asger Ousager

Because the most vital philosophical paintings to emerge within the 700-year interval among Aristotle and Augustine, The Enneads has been topic to severe scrutiny for greater than 2000 years. however the mystical and summary nature of those treatises via Plotinus maintains to withstand effortless elucidation. during this quantity, the most recent within the Aarhus reports on Mediterranean Antiquity, Asger Ousager grapples with the good neo-Platonist's belief of the person. Is the person loose or decided? Is the Plotinian God topic to any compulsion Himself, and with what outcomes for our internal and outer freedom? and eventually, what are the political and moral implications of Plotinism? when you consider that Plotinus has characteristically been considered as apolitical, it's the facts that Ousager marshals for his political philosophy that varieties the main exciting a part of this examine. in accordance with the writer, what distinguishes Plotinus from Plato and Aristotle politically is his emphasis on ordinary authority, mutual cooperation and the substantial strength of everybody, even slaves.

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Constructions of Childhood in Ancient Greece and Italy

Those 20 papers discover old notions and studies of adolescence round the Mediterranean, from prehistory to past due antiquity. they're grouped into sections on households; Socialization and Enculturation; Rituals and existence Transitions; Gender and illustration; Burial; Commemoration; and adolescence and the Classical culture. The participants come from a variety of assorted disciplines, together with artwork historical past, archaeology, classical philology, and actual anthropology.

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Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans: Volume 2

Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, mostly known as Parallel Lives or Plutarch's Lives, is a chain of biographies of well-known males, prepared in tandem to light up their universal ethical virtues or failings. The surviving Parallel Lives, include twenty-three pairs of biographies, each one pair including one Greek and one Roman, in addition to 4 unpaired, unmarried lives. it's a paintings of substantial significance, not just as a resource of data in regards to the participants biographized, but in addition concerning the occasions during which they lived.

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Warfare in Ancient Greece: Arms and Armour from the Heroes of Homer to Alexander the Great

By Tim Everson

In this primary complete examine of historic Greek conflict for over 35 years, Tim Everson discusses sincerely and carefully the historical past, guns and strategies of the traditional Greeks. He describes the guns, armour, helmets, chariots and different army apparatus utilized in from c. 1550 to one hundred fifty BC and strains how and whilst a number of items of apparatus got here into use; whether or not they have been brought from different areas or have been local advancements; the effectiveness of the armour and guns used and whilst and why issues replaced (or not). Set opposed to a historical past of a vast background of Greek conflict - how they fought, why they fought and the advancements in strategies over the centuries - he examines either the archaeological facts of tangible unearths, in addition to historical depictions of army apparatus on vases and in sculpture and literary proof of Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and lots of different old authors.

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Vite Parallele. Vol. 2

By Plutarch

Spesso un breve episodio, una parola, un motto di spirito mette in luce il carattere molto meglio che non battaglie con migliaia di morti, grandissimi schieramenti di eserciti, assedi di città. Di vite e non di storia s'impegna a scrivere Plutarco, autore di lingua greca tra i più importanti e fecondi del mondo classico. Nato a Cheronea intorno al 50 d.C., durante il regno dell'imperatore Claudio, egli fu cittadino dell'Impero romano e condusse una lunga vita: morì ottantenne, dopo essere stato studioso, politico, filosofo, scrittore e sacerdote del dio Apollo a Delfi. Consapevole di vivere in una fase della storia caratterizzata dalla necessità di riunire sotto un unico cielo due mondi distinti, quello greco e quello latino, Plutarco reinterpretò in modo originale l. a. tradizione romana della biografia aneddotica, modificandone l. a. forma e los angeles struttura in line with venire incontro alle nuove esigenze di un impero che aveva sempre meno frontiere tra Oriente e Occidente. Le Vite Parallele raccolgono così, a coppie, le biografie di un uomo illustre greco e di un suo corrispettivo latino, scelti secondo criteri di somiglianza nel carattere o nel destino, allo scopo, di natura morale, di mettere in luce l'uomo.

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