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Books received in 2008

This listing is presented in alphabetical order according to the (first) author or editor, or, in some cases, the title. If a longer review is available, there is a link in the entry.

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Asper, Markus (2007) Griechische Wissenschaftstexte: Formen, Funktionen, Differenzierungsgeschichten. Stuttgart: Steiner. (Philosophie der Antike; 25.) 453 p. ISBN 978-3-515-08959-3. Price: €66.
[Markus Asper focuses on ancient Greek scientific and technical texts ("science writing"), which are often neglected by philologists and left to historians of science to deal with. His approach to these texts is taken from literary theory and criticism. On the example of Greek scientific texts, the author draws conclusions about the written transmission of knowledge in general.]

Avezzù, Guido; Scattolin, Paolo (eds.) (2006) I classici greci e i loro commentatori: dai papiri ai marginalia rinascimentali. Atti del convegno Rovereto, 20 ottobre 2006. Rovereto: Accademia Roveretana degli Agiati. 245 p. Price not stated.

Breeze, David J. (2007) Roman frontiers in Britain. London: Bristol Classical Press. 103 p. ISBN 978 185399 6986. Price not stated.

Clarke, John R. (2007) Looking at laughter: humor, power, and transgression in Roman visual culture, 100 B.C.-A.D. 250. Berkeley etc.: University of California Press. XI, 322 p. ISBN 978-0-520-23733-9. Price: £32.95.

Curd, Patricia (2007) Anaxagoras of Clazomenae: fragments and testimonia. A text and translation with notes and essays by Patricia Curd. Toronto etc.: University of Toronto Press. (Phoenix Pre-Socratics; 6 = Phoenix: supplementary volume; 64.) XIV, 279 p. ISBN 978-0-8020-9325-7. Price: $65 / £42.
[This book is an introduction to the philosophy on Anaxagoras of Klazomenai (ca. 500-428 B.C.), which, following the pattern of the Phoenix Presocratics Series, "aims to make Anaxagoras and his ideas accessible to modern readers through translations of the ancient Greek and Latin texts and by providing explanatory notes and interpretive essays" (p. 3). The volume comprises three parts. Part I contains the Greek text and facing English translation of the fragments of Anaxagoras and their contexts. In Part II, the author presents her (philosophical rather than philological) notes on the fragments, and English translations of the testimonia according to the edition of Diels-Kranz. Part III is reserved for five essays on Anaxagoras and his philosophical background. There follows a list of notes meant as brief identifications of the sources for Anaxagoras. The book ends with a bibliography and four indexes.]

Desmond, William (2008) Cynics. Stocksfield: Acumen. VI, 290 p. ISBN 978-1-84465-129-0 (pbk). Price: £15.99.

Dexippus (2008) In defensionem praedicamentorum Aristotelis adversus Plotinum. Übersetzt von Johannes Bernardus Felicianus. Neudruck der Ausgabe Paris 1549 mit einer Einleitung von Anja Heilmann und Charles Lohr. Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt: frommann-holzboog. (Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca: Versiones Latinae temporis resuscitatarum litterarum (CAGL); 14.) XXVIII, 96 p. ISBN 978-3-7728-1234-7. Price: € 159.

Griffith, R. Drew (2008) Mummy wheat: Egyptian influence on the Homeric view of the afterlife and the Eleusinian mysteries. Lanham etc.: University Press of America. XXXVI, 233 p. ISBN 978-0-7618-4298-9. Price not stated.

Griffith, R. Drew; Marks, Robert B. (2007) A funny thing happened on the way to the agora: Ancient Greek and Roman humour. Kingston, Ontario: Legacy Books Press. II, 234 p. ISBN 978-0-9784652-0-9. Price: $29.95 (Canada), $32.95 (USA), £15.95 (UK).

Haß, Karin (2007) Lucilius und der Beginn der Persönlichkeitsdichtung in Rom. Stuttgart: Steiner. (Hermes Einzelschriften; 99.) 260 p. ISBN 978-3-515-09021-6. Price: €53.
[This book is a revised version of the author's doctoral dissertation of 2004, which was given a Günther Wöhrle Award in 2005. Its main aim is to show that the Roman Persönlichkeitsdichtung begins already with Lucilius. Thus, all central aspects of Catullus' personal poetry can already be seen in the work of Lucilius. The main part of the book consists of a detailed thematic study of the fragments of Lucilius.]

Joyal, Mark; McDougall, Iain; Yardley, J. C. (eds.) (2009 [2008]) Greek and Roman education: a sourcebook. London; New York: Routledge. XX, 292 p. ISBN-13 978-0-415-33807-3 (pbk). £22.99.

Lewis, John David (2007) Early Greek lawgivers. London: Bristol Classical Press. 100 p. ISBN 978 1 85399 697 9. Price not stated.

Lowenstam, Steven (2008) As witnessed by images: the Trojan war tradition in Greek and Etruscan art. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. XVI, 230 p. ISBN 978-0-8018-8775-8. $50.
A review in SHT 10.R.5 (2009) by Martin STEINRÜCK

Mattiacci, Silvia; Perruccio, Andrea (2007) Anti-mitologia ed eredità neoterica in Marziale: genesi e forme di una poetica. Ospedaletto (Pisa): Pacini. 261 p. ISBN 978-88-7781-833-1. Price: €16.

McHardy, Fiona (2008) Revenge in Athenian culture. London: Duckworth. VII, 179 p. ISBN 978 07156 3569 8. Price: £45.

McKeown, Niall (2007) The invention of ancient slavery? London: Duckworth. 174 p. ISBN 978 0 7156 3185 0. Price not stated.

Penella, Robert J. (2007) Man and the world: the orations of Himerius. Translated, annotated, and introduced by Robert J. Penella. Berkeley etc.: University of California Press. (The transformation of the classical heritage; 43.) XIV, 312 p. ISBN 978-0-520-25093-2. Price: £32.95.

Pizzone, Aglae M. V. (2006) Sinesio e la 'sacra ancora' di Omero: intertestualità e modelli tra retorica e filosofia. Milano: LED. (Università degli Studi di Milano: Pubblicazioni della Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia; 231.) 261 p. ISBN 978-88-7781-833-1. Price: €16.

Poster, Carol; Mitchell, Linda C. (eds.) (2007) Letter-writing manuals and instruction from antiquity to the present: historical and bibliographic studies. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press. XIV, 346 p. ISBN-13 978-1-57003-651-4, ISBN-10 1-57003-651-9. Price not stated.
[This collection of articles and bibliographies provides a comprehensive history of letter-writing theory and instruction from Isokrates to e-mail. The main part of the book contains eleven essays: "Classical epistolary theory and the Letters of Isocrates" (Robert G. Sullivan), "A conversation halved: epistolary theory in Greco-Roman antiquity" (Carol Poster), "The ars dictaminis, the formulary, and Medieval epistolary practice" (Malcolm Richardson), "If you can't join them, beat them; or, When grammar met business writing (in fifteenth-century Oxford)" (Martin Camargo), "From ars dictaminis to ars conscribendi epistolis: Renaissance letter-writing manuals in the context of Humanism" (Gideon Burton), "Dictamen in England, 1500-1700" (Lawrence D. Green), "Letter writing and vernacular literacy in sixteenth-century England" (W. Webster Newbold), "Humanism and the Humanities: Erasmus's Opus de conscribendis epistolis in sixteenth-century schools" (Judith Rice Henderson), "Letter-writing instruction manuals in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England" (Linda C. Mitchell), "Vestiges of letter writing in composition textbooks, 1850-1914" (John T. Gage) and "Letter writing in the late age of print: electronic mail and the ars dictaminis" (Joyce R. Walker). In addition, there are seven extensive appendices containing bibliographic data for various periods of letter-writing instruction.]

Remes, Pauliina (2008) Neoplatonism. Stocksfield: Acumen. XII, 244 p. ISBN 978-1-84465-125-2 (pbk). Price: £14.99.

Schmitz, Philip (2007) Die Giessener Zenonpapyri (P.Iand.Zen.) Paderborn etc.: Schöningh. (Abhandlungen der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften: Sonderreihe Papyrologica Coloniensia; 32.) XVI, 276, [1] p. ISBN 978-3-506-76431-7. Price: €53.90.

Thorsrud, Harald (2009) Ancient scepticism. Stocksfield: Acumen. XVI, 248 p. ISBN 978-1-84465-131-3 (pbk). Price: £14.99.

Urbainczyk, Theresa (2008) Slave revolts in antiquity. Stocksfield: Acumen. XIII, 177 p. ISBN 978-1-84465-101-6 (hb), 978-1-84465-102-3 (pb). Price: £45 (hb), £14.99 (pb).

Ziolkowski, Jan M.; Putnam, Michael C. J. (eds.) (2008) The Virgilian tradition: the first fifteen hundred years. New Haven; London: Yale University Press. XXXIX, 1082 p. ISBN 978-0-300-10822-4. Price: £60. · ISSN 1406-6203.


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