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Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War Book VI (Paperback, New edition): Christopher Pelling Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War Book VI (Paperback, New edition)
Christopher Pelling
R702 Discovery Miles 7 020 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In Books 6 and 7 Thucydides' narrative is, as Plutarch puts it, 'at its most emotional, vivid, and varied' as he describes the Sicilian Expedition that ended so catastrophically for Athens (415-413 BCE). Book 6 features tense debates both at Athens, with cautious Nicias no match for risk-taking Alcibiades, and at Syracuse, with the statesmanlike Hermocrates confronting the populist Athenagoras. The spectacle of the armada is memorably described; so is the panic at Athens when people fear that acts of sacrilege may be alienating the gods, with Alcibiades himself so implicated that he is soon recalled. The Book ends with Athens seeming poised for victory; that will soon change, and a sister commentary on Book 7 is being published simultaneously. The Introduction discusses the narrative skill and the part these books play in the architecture of the history. Considerable help with the Greek is offered throughout the Commentary.

Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War Book VII (Paperback, New edition): Christopher Pelling Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War Book VII (Paperback, New edition)
Christopher Pelling
R652 Discovery Miles 6 520 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In Books 6 and 7 Thucydides' narrative is, as Plutarch puts it, 'at its most emotional, vivid, and varied' as he describes the Sicilian Expedition that ended so catastrophically for Athens (415-413 BCE). Book 7 opens with Athens seemingly on the point of victory, but the arrival of the Spartan commander Gylippus marks a change in fortunes and the Athenian commander Nicias is soon sending home a desperate plea for reinforcements. Three narrative masterpieces follow their arrival, first the eerie confusion of the night battle on the heights, then the naval clash in the Great Harbour, and finally the desperate attempt to escape and the slaughter at the river Assinarus. Following the sister commentary on Book 6, the Commentary offers students considerable help understanding the Greek while the Introduction discusses Thucydides' narrative skill and the part these books play in the architecture of the history.

The Cambridge Greek Lexicon 2 Volume Hardback Set (Hardcover, New edition): Faculty of Classics The Cambridge Greek Lexicon 2 Volume Hardback Set (Hardcover, New edition)
Faculty of Classics; Edited by (editors-in-chief) James Diggle
R1,891 Discovery Miles 18 910 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The Cambridge Greek Lexicon is based upon principles differing from those of existing Greek lexica. Entries are organised according to meaning, with a view to showing the developing senses of words and the relationships between those senses. Other contextual and explanatory information, all expressed in contemporary English, is included, such as the typical circumstances in which a word may be used, thus giving fresh insights into aspects of Greek language and culture. The editors have systematically re-examined the source material (including that which has been discovered since the end of the nineteenth century) and have made use of the most recent textual and philological scholarship. The Lexicon, which has been twenty years in the making, is written by an editorial team based in the Faculty of Classics in Cambridge, consisting of Professor James Diggle (Editor-in-Chief), Dr Bruce Fraser, Dr Patrick James, Dr Oliver Simkin, Dr Anne Thompson, and Mr Simon Westripp.

Brueghel's Heavy Dancers - Transgressive Clothing Class and Culture in the Late Middle Ages (Hardcover): John B Friedman Brueghel's Heavy Dancers - Transgressive Clothing Class and Culture in the Late Middle Ages (Hardcover)
John B Friedman
R1,115 Discovery Miles 11 150 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

What do Brueghel's mid-sixteenth-century portrayals of 'heavy' wedding dancers and feasters have in common with many late medieval poems and manuscript illustrations? Certain of his paintings, with their obsessive social detail, have often been treated as if they heralded a set of cultural attitudes peculiar to the Early Modern period. Yet the way that the painter combines, in a single scene, scurrilous behavior with dress not only unsuited to the rustic status of the wearers but often sexually revealing, reflects attitudes toward clothing, class, and culture that are deeply medieval. In this expansive and highly original book, Friedman reveals how portrayals of peasants from the literature of the Golden Age of Virgilian Pastoral, who behave according to their social station, were increasingly replaced in the Middle Ages by portrayals that present the realistic peasant, whose outrageous behavior betrays his or her class while it threatens those who stand 'above'. Capacious in scope, the book covers poems from England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain from the twelfth through the sixteenth centuries. In addition, Friedman draws on texts from various genres, particularly the Pastourelle, giving readers the first panoramic approach to late medieval views of peasant clothing and certain related social behaviors such as eating, publicly excreting, brawling, and 'mooning'. The book examines elite anxiety over the socially striving lower classes during a period in which social identity was fluid and hierarchies were increasingly challenged by pressure from below. Illustrated with over twenty black-and-white images and offering detailed analyses of poems, plays, and stories, ""Brueghel's Heavy Dancers"" offers a fresh and illuminating contribution to the field of medieval studies.

The Ancient Aesthetics of Deception - The Ethics of Enchantment from Gorgias to Heliodorus (Hardcover): Jonas Grethlein The Ancient Aesthetics of Deception - The Ethics of Enchantment from Gorgias to Heliodorus (Hardcover)
Jonas Grethlein
R873 R825 Discovery Miles 8 250 Save R48 (5%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The concept of mimesis has dominated reflection on the nature and role, in Greek literature, of representation. Jonas Grethlein, in his ambitious new book, takes this reflection a step further. He argues that, beyond mimesis, there was an important but unacknowledged strand of reflection focused instead on the nuanced idea of apate (often translated into English as 'deceit'), oscillating between notions of 'deception' and 'aesthetic illusion'. Many authors from Gorgias and Plato to Philo, Plutarch and Clement of Alexandria used this key concept to entwine aesthetics with ethics. In creatively exploring the various reconfigurations of apate, and placing these in their socio-historical contexts, the book offers a bold new history of ancient aesthetics. It also explores the present significance of the aesthetics of deception, unlocking the potential of ancient reflection for current debates on the ethical dimension of representation. It will appeal to scholars in classics and literary theory alike.

The Poetic Edda - Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes (Paperback): Jackson Crawford The Poetic Edda - Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes (Paperback)
Jackson Crawford
R430 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R56 (13%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

"The poems of the Poetic Edda have waited a long time for a Modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last (Odin be praised!) and well worth the wait. These amazing texts from a 13th-century Icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological and literary importance, containing the lion's share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc. Jackson Crawford's modern versions of these poems are authoritative and fluent and often very gripping. With their individual headnotes and complementary general introduction, they supply today's readers with most of what they need to know in order to understand and appreciate the beliefs, motivations, and values of the Vikings." --Dick Ringler, Professor Emeritus of English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin--Madison

Asyndeton and its Interpretation in Latin Literature - History, Patterns, Textual Criticism (Hardcover): J.N. Adams Asyndeton and its Interpretation in Latin Literature - History, Patterns, Textual Criticism (Hardcover)
J.N. Adams
R3,471 Discovery Miles 34 710 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Asyndetic coordination (omission of coordinators such as 'but', 'or', 'and') is ancient in Indo-European languages. Most commentaries on Greek and Latin texts index 'asyndeton', but wide-ranging treatments of asyndeton across a variety of literary and non-literary genres are largely lacking, and comments are often impressionistic. This book provides the most comprehensive account of asyndeton in Latin ever attempted, and it also contains material from Greek and Umbrian. It analyses asyndeta in diverse genres from early Latin to the early Empire, including prayers and laws, and aims to identify types, determinants, generic variations and chronological changes. Since coordinators are easily left out or added by scribes, criteria are discussed that might be used by editors in deciding between asyndeton and coordination. External influences on Latin, such as Greek and Italic, are also considered. The book will be essential for all scholars of Latin language and literature as well as historical linguistics.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Paperback, Second Edition): Marie Borroff Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Paperback, Second Edition)
Marie Borroff; Edited by Laura L. Howes
R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Ships in 10 - 20 work days

This Norton Critical Edition includes: Marie Borroff's acclaimed verse translation, marginal glosses and explanatory footnotes. Laura L. Howes's full introduction along with Borroff's seminal essay, "The Metrical Forms" as well as her "Translator's Note". For comparative study and classroom discussion, two French tales of Sir Gawain, four selections from the original Middle English poem and a passage from the Alliterative Morte Arthure. Nine critical essays on the poem's central themes, four of them new to the Second Edition. A chronology and a selected bibliography. About the Series Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format-annotated text, contexts and criticism-helps students to better understand, analyse and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.

Aeschylus - Popular English Specimens of the Greek Dramatic Poets, With Introductory Essays and Explanatory Notes (Paperback):... Aeschylus - Popular English Specimens of the Greek Dramatic Poets, With Introductory Essays and Explanatory Notes (Paperback)
Aeschylus
R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
A Manual of Greek Literature - from the Earliest Authentic Periods to the Close of the Byzantine Era (Paperback): Charles Anthon A Manual of Greek Literature - from the Earliest Authentic Periods to the Close of the Byzantine Era (Paperback)
Charles Anthon
R620 Discovery Miles 6 200 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
A Manual of Greek Literature - from the Earliest Authentic Periods to the Close of the Byzantine Era (Paperback): Charles Anthon A Manual of Greek Literature - from the Earliest Authentic Periods to the Close of the Byzantine Era (Paperback)
Charles Anthon
R620 Discovery Miles 6 200 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Ausonius - Books I-Xvii (Paperback): Decimus Magnus Ausonius Ausonius - Books I-Xvii (Paperback)
Decimus Magnus Ausonius
R524 Discovery Miles 5 240 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Gilded Page - The Secret Lives of Medieval Manuscripts (Hardcover): Mary Wellesley The Gilded Page - The Secret Lives of Medieval Manuscripts (Hardcover)
Mary Wellesley
R658 R550 Discovery Miles 5 500 Save R108 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Early Medieval Britain, c. 500-1000 (Paperback): Rory Naismith Early Medieval Britain, c. 500-1000 (Paperback)
Rory Naismith
R685 Discovery Miles 6 850 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Early medieval Britain saw the birth of England, Scotland and of the Welsh kingdoms. Naismith's introductory textbook explores the period between the end of Roman rule and the eve of the Norman Conquest, blending an engaging narrative with clear explanations of key themes and sources. Using extensive illustrations, maps and selections from primary sources, students will examine the island as a collective entity, comparing political histories and institutions as well as societies, beliefs and economies. Each chapter foregrounds questions of identity and the meaning of 'Britain' in this period, encouraging interrogation and contextualisation of sources within the framework of the latest debates and problems. Featuring online resources including timelines, a glossary, end-of-chapter questions and suggestions for further reading, students can drive their own understanding of how the polities and societies of early medieval Britain fitted together and into the wider world, and firmly grasp the formative stages of British history.

Chaucer - A European Life (Paperback): Marion Turner Chaucer - A European Life (Paperback)
Marion Turner
R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

An acclaimed biography that recreates the cosmopolitan world in which a wine merchant's son became one of the most celebrated of all English writers Geoffrey Chaucer is often called the father of English literature, but this acclaimed biography reveals him as a great European writer and thinker. Uncovering important new information about Chaucer's travels, private life, and the circulation of his writings, Marion Turner reconstructs in unprecedented detail the cosmopolitan world of Chaucer's adventurous life, focusing on the places and spaces that fired his imagination. From the wharves of London to the frescoed chapels of Florence, the book recounts Chaucer's experiences as a prisoner of war in France, as a father visiting his daughter's nunnery, as a member of a chaotic Parliament, and as a diplomat in Milan. At the same time, the book offers a comprehensive exploration of Chaucer's writings. The result is a landmark biography and a fresh account of the extraordinary story of how a wine merchant's son became the poet of The Canterbury Tales.

Repeat Performances - Ovidian Repetition and the Metamorphoses (Hardcover): Laurel Fulkerson, Tim Stover Repeat Performances - Ovidian Repetition and the Metamorphoses (Hardcover)
Laurel Fulkerson, Tim Stover
R1,875 Discovery Miles 18 750 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Although repetition is found in all ancient literary genres, it is especially pervasive in epic poetry. Ovid's Metamorphoses exploits this dimension of the epic genre to such an extent that past critics have faulted it as too filled with recycled themes and language. This volume seeks a deeper understanding of Ovidian repetitiveness in the context of new scholarship on intertextuality and intratextuality, examining the urposeful reuse of previous material and the effects produced by a text's repetitive gestures. Uniting the essays is a shared vision of the possibilities of Latin epic poetry and a series of attempts to realize those possibilities. Some of the pieces fall into a traditional vein of allusion and intertextuality; others are more innovative in their approaches. Each, in a sense, stands as a placeholder for a methodology of theorizing the repetitive practices of poetry, of epic, and of Ovid in particular. All citations from Greek and Latin are translated into English, rendering the book accessible to scholars of literature beyond classical studies.

The Printing and the Printers of The Book of Common Prayer, 1549-1561 (Hardcover, New edition): Peter W.M Blayney The Printing and the Printers of The Book of Common Prayer, 1549-1561 (Hardcover, New edition)
Peter W.M Blayney
R813 Discovery Miles 8 130 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Bibliographers have been notoriously 'hesitant to deal with liturgies', and this volume bridges an important gap with its authoritative examination of how the Book of Common Prayer came into being. The first edition of 1549, the first Grafton edition of 1552 and the first quarto edition of 1559 are now correctly identified, while Peter W. M. Blayney shows that the first two editions of 1559 were probably finished on the same day. Through relentless scrutiny of the evidence, he reveals that the contents of the 1549 version continued to evolve both during and after the printing of the first edition, and that changes were still being made to the Elizabethan revision weeks after the Act of Uniformity was passed. His bold reconstruction is transformative for the early Anglican liturgy, and thus for the wider history of the Church of England. This major, revisionist work is a remarkable book about a remarkable book.

The Cambridge Companion to Catullus (Paperback): Ian du Quesnay, Tony Woodman The Cambridge Companion to Catullus (Paperback)
Ian du Quesnay, Tony Woodman
R741 R700 Discovery Miles 7 000 Save R41 (6%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Catullus is one of the most popular poets to survive from classical antiquity. Above all others he seems to speak to modern readers with a modern voice. The distinguished contributors to this Companion discuss the principal subjects which drew Catullus' affection and disgust, above all his famous affair with the woman he calls 'Lesbia', and situate him in the social, historical and intellectual context of first-century BC Rome. One of the so-called 'new poets', Catullus had a profound effect on subsequent Latin poetry, and this is explored especially for the Augustan age and the late first century AD. A significant part of the volume is concerned with Catullus' survival into the modern world. There are discussions both of the manuscript tradition and of the interpretative scholarship which has been devoted to his poetry, as well as his reception by renaissance and later poets. Students in particular will appreciate this book.

Ancient Greek Athletics - Primary Sources in Translation (Paperback): Charles H. Stocking, Susan A Stephens Ancient Greek Athletics - Primary Sources in Translation (Paperback)
Charles H. Stocking, Susan A Stephens
R765 Discovery Miles 7 650 Ships in 10 - 20 work days

The Sourcebook of Ancient Greek Athletics offers the most comprehensive collection to date of primary sources in translation for the study of ancient Greek athletics. Because Greek athletics was such an essential feature of both Greek and Roman culture, there is an especially strong need for proper treatment and understanding of the texts and other media used to reconstruct practices and ideologies of ancient athletics. The sources in this collection are arranged chronologically from the Archaic Period to the Roman Imperial Era, with an extensive appendix discussing key themes and topics. The organization and in-depth presentation of textual sources is designed to help students, scholars, and general readers fully appreciate the broader social and cultural significance of ancient Greek athletics as it developed in different historical time periods throughout antiquity.

The Faces of Time - Portrayal of the Past in Old French and Latin Historical Narrative of the Anglo-Norman Regnum (Paperback):... The Faces of Time - Portrayal of the Past in Old French and Latin Historical Narrative of the Anglo-Norman Regnum (Paperback)
Jean Blacker
R772 Discovery Miles 7 720 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

The twelfth century witnessed the sudden appearance and virtual disappearance of an important literary genre-the Old French verse chronicle. These poetic histories of the British kings, which today are treated as fiction, were written contemporaneously with Latin prose narratives, which are regarded as historical accounts. In this pathfinding study, however, Jean Blacker asserts that twelfth-century authors and readers viewed both genres as factual history.Blacker examines four Old French verse chronicles-Gaimar's Estoire des Engleis (c. 1135), Wace's Roman de Brut (c. 1155) and Roman de Rou (c. 1160-1174), and Benoit de Sainte-Maure's Chronique des Ducs de Normandie (c. 1174-1180) and four Latin narratives-William of Malmesbury's Gesta Regum (c. 1118-1143) and Historia Novella (c. 1140-1143), Orderic Vitalis's Historia Ecclesiastica (c. 1118-1140), and Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae (c. 1138). She compares their similarity in three areas-the authors' stated intentions, their methods of characterization and narrative development, and the possible influences of patronage and audience expectation on the presentation of characters and events.This exploration reveals remarkable similarity among the texts, including their idealization of historical and even legendary figures, such as King Arthur. It opens fruitful lines of inquiry into the role these writers played in the creation of the Anglo-Norman "regnum" and suggests that the Old French verse chronicles filled political, psychic, and aesthetic needs unaddressed by Latin historical writing of the period.

Danish Kings and the Jomsvikings in the Greatest Saga of Olafr Tryggvason (Paperback): Olafur Halldorsson Danish Kings and the Jomsvikings in the Greatest Saga of Olafr Tryggvason (Paperback)
Olafur Halldorsson
R261 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R19 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Fourth Grammatical Treatise (Paperback): Margaret Clunies Ross The Fourth Grammatical Treatise (Paperback)
Margaret Clunies Ross
R322 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R23 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Classical Heritage of the Middle Ages... (Paperback): Henry Osborn Taylor The Classical Heritage of the Middle Ages... (Paperback)
Henry Osborn Taylor
R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.

Greek Epitaphic Poetry - A Selection (Paperback, New edition): Richard Hunter Greek Epitaphic Poetry - A Selection (Paperback, New edition)
Richard Hunter
R752 Discovery Miles 7 520 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Thousands of Greek verse epitaphs, covering a millennium of history, survive inscribed or painted on stone. These largely anonymous poems shed rich light on areas such as ancient moral values, religious ideas, gender relations and attitudes, as well as on the transmission and reception of 'canonical' poetry; many of these poems are of very high literary quality. This is the first modern commentary on a selection of these poems. Problems of syntax, metre and language are fully explained, accompanied by sophisticated literary discussion of the poems. There is a full introduction to the nature of these poems and to their context within Greek ideas of death and the afterlife. This comprehensive edition will be of interest to advanced undergraduates and graduate students studying Greek literature, as well as to scholars.

How the Classics Made Shakespeare (Paperback): Jonathan Bate How the Classics Made Shakespeare (Paperback)
Jonathan Bate
R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

From one of our most eminent and accessible literary critics, a groundbreaking account of how the Greek and Roman classics forged Shakespeare's imagination Ben Jonson famously accused Shakespeare of having "small Latin and less Greek." But he was exaggerating. Shakespeare was steeped in the classics. Shaped by his grammar school education in Roman literature, history, and rhetoric, he moved to London, a city that modeled itself on ancient Rome. He worked in a theatrical profession that had inherited the conventions and forms of classical drama, and he read deeply in Ovid, Virgil, and Seneca. In a book that combines stylistic brilliance, accessibility, and extraordinary range, acclaimed literary critic and biographer Jonathan Bate, one of the world's leading authorities on Shakespeare, offers groundbreaking insights into how, perhaps more than any other influence, the classics made Shakespeare the writer he became.

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