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Volumes in the series deal with subjects pertaining to the broad field of Classical reception including, but not limited to reception of art, literature, architecture, history, religion, political thought, and intellectual thought (including volumes on influential Classical scholars and the history of classical scholarship) in later centuries and in various scholarly disciplines. The Series will show a systematic coverage of subjects. Written by the foremost specialists in the respective fields, they aim to provide full-balanced accounts at an advanced level, as well as synthesis of debate and the state of scholarship.

Forthcoming Volumes:

Brill's Companion to the Reception of Vitruvius, edited by Ingrid Rowland
Brill's Companion to the Reception of Xenophon, edited by Dustin Gish and Christopher Farrell
Brill's Companion to the Reception of Homer: From Byzantium to the Enlightenment, edited by François Renaud & Christina-Panagiota Manolea
Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity
In Memoriam: Craig Kallendorf

Metaforms publishes monographs and collected volumes devoted to the critical investigation of a broad and diverse field: the reception of Greco-Roman Antiquity. It is particularly committed to research that considers the practices, premises, and constituting effects of creative work that deals directly with past traditions in a variety of media and discourses including, but not limited to, literature, film, and visual art. The editors welcome projects that examine engagements with the major canon as well as with lesser known texts and histories. Studies may concentrate on single works, figures, themes, motifs or concepts as they course through multiple epochs and cultures.

Insofar as each specific case invariably broaches fresh questions and concerns, the series contributes to the growing theoretical configuration of an “aesthetics of reception.” Standard models of work in reception theory—for example, from hermeneutics, pragmatism, and intellectual and conceptual history—stand to undergo serious modification and re-orientation. New methods in comparative philology, metaphorology, and social psychology promise to be especially productive, helping to open the study of reception to new areas of interrogation.

Metaforms focuses on the reception of Greco-Roman antiquity, in contrast to the Brill book series Literary Reception & Art Reception, which looks at the interaction of early modern to contemporary literature and arts in the works of early modern to contemporary writers from all over the globe.

Two allegorical ancient Greek stories about a young hero’s career- defining choice are shown in this book to have later been appropriated to radically differing effects. E.g. a male’s choice between female personifications can morph into a female’s choice between the same, or between various male personifications. Never before have so many instances of this process from art, literature, music, even landscape gardening, been culled. Illustrations, mainly colour, many brought into this context for the first time, are conveniently incorporated into the text, thus mimetically mirroring a central theme of the book, the process of ‘visualising the verbal, verbalising the visual.’
In his De peccato originali (1679), Hadriaan Beverland (1650-1716) presented his thesis that sex was the original sin and a vital part of human nature. Building on contemporary insights into the history of the text of the Bible, he criticised the hypocritical attitudes among the religious and social elite of his day concerning the biblical text and sexual morality. The work became notorious in the seventeenth century and led to its author’s banishment. In the eighteenth century, it exerted considerable influence on the way in which many in Europe came to see sexuality.

This annotated edition with English translation also includes a comprehensive introduction that includes a contextualization of the De peccato originali and its impact.
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Who or what makes innovation spread? Ten case-studies from Greco-Roman Antiquity and the early modern period address human and non-human agency in innovation. Was Erasmus the ‘superspreader’ of the use of New Ancient Greek? How did a special type of clamp contribute to architectural innovation in Delphi? What agents helped diffuse a new festival culture in the eastern parts of the Roman empire? How did a context of status competition between scholars and poets at the Ptolemaic court help deify a lock of hair? Examples from different societal domains illuminate different types of agency in historical innovation.
This volume presents a survey of the reception of Greek myths - including Antigone, Medea, the Trojan cycle, and Alcestis - in Brazilian literature and stage performance. The collection addresses the work of many innovative authors, some of them great names of Brazilian literature, such as Jorge Andrade and Nelson Rodrigues, who are influential in this specific area of classical reception and well known by modern audiences. This unique volume is the product of collaboration of many scholars with different affiliations under the coordination of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte), two of the most prestigious universities in Brazil for the study of Classical and Reception Studies.
Contexts and Perspectives
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The ancient commentaries and scholia to Cicero’s speeches have hitherto received relatively little scholarly attention. This volume is dedicated to Asconius’ first-century commentary and the corpora of the scholia stemming from the 4th-7th centuries (Bobbio, ps.-Asconius, and Gronovius). It shows the specific interpretative challenges of these corpora and offers interpretative case studies. Furthermore, it contextualizes the corpora within the learning and learned environment of their time, by contrasting them with rhetorical teaching (via the transmission of Cicero on papyri and his presence in the Rhetores Latini minores) and other ancient commentaries (on Homer and Demosthenes).