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In Jesus and the Eyewitnesses, Richard Bauckham argues that the popularity of personal names in Gospels-Acts corresponds remarkably well to name popularity among late ancient Palestinian Jews and that this can only be the case if Gospels-Acts characters are in most cases historical as opposed to invented in the process of ‘anonymous community transmission’. We re-examine Bauckham’s conclusions, asserted with a remarkably high level of confidence but almost entirely without an actual statistical evaluation of his onomastic data, and perform the appropriate statistical analysis on the most recent onomastic dataset. We show that Bauckham’s thesis offers no advantage in explaining the observed correspondence between name popularity in Gospels-Acts and in the contemporary Palestinian Jewish population over an alternative model of ‘anonymous community transmission’. Moreover, our statistical analysis identifies some, albeit weak, evidence against Bauckham’s thesis.

In: Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus


This contribution highlights the importance of the Arabic version of the Poetics in establishing the text of this work. This is a well-known fact, expressly considered in the most recent editio maior of the Poetics. Nonetheless, the latter edition does not discuss all the evidence relating to the Arabic translation. This article examines two much-discussed passages of the Poetics (1454b30-32, 1448a25-28). In the first case, the Arabic testimony, despite not transmitting the text that should be edited, helps to elucidate which variant is preferred. In the second case, the text of the Arabic translation raises the question of whether its variant reading should replace the text accepted in all the editions published over the last two centuries.

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In: Mnemosyne


This study examines three patterns of religious content in Arrian’s Anabasis of Alexander: (a) ritual reports, (b) religious material culture, and (c) omens. Although ritual reports and omens mainly mark turning points of the expedition and certain qualities of Alexander’s character, the passages pertaining to religious material culture also transfer our focal point of interest to the author’s religious beliefs and his literary and cultural tastes. Most importantly, Arrian uses ritual reports and omens in compliance with (a) the dynamic portrait he wished to delineate for Alexander and (b) his opinion about Alexander’s relationship with religion on three different levels (alleged divine origins, stories about the divine favor Alexander enjoyed, and his rivalry with Dionysus and Heracles). A comparative reading of these three religious patterns reveals how Arrian, as a narrator, achieved a creative compromise between his own assessment of Alexander and the historical material he drew from his sources.

In: Mnemosyne
This strand of Brill Research Perspectives addresses important themes connected with the reworking of material inherited from classical antiquity, primarily the Latin language and Latin writing conventions, but also the creative adaptation of classical traditions in other languages and media. Contributions by leading scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds will provide up-to-date overviews on the context, key texts, controversial questions, existing scholarship and avenues for further research concerning particular themes. These surveys are designed to give advanced students and scholars new to this particular area an idea of the sources, approaches and existing research, sketching scholarly history and facilitating further work.
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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
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Brill Studies in Greek and Roman Epigraphy is a peer-reviewed book series, publishing monographs and collected volumes on all aspects of Greek and Roman inscriptions. These include first editions of new and significant inscriptions, new editions of previously published and important inscriptions, with significant new readings and analysis as well as studies that deal with ‘practical matters’ of epigraphy, from lettering and methods of inscribing, to formulae used by civic bodies, to methods of recording and editing texts and ‘supports’. In addition, it welcomes volumes of historical studies that make significant use of inscriptions and occasionally conference proceedings.

The series published an average of one volume per year over the last 5 years.
Classical Studies E-Books Onlineis the electronic version of the book publication program of Brill in the field of Classical Studies.

Ancient Philosophy, Ancient History, Ancient Religion, Greek and Roman Literature, Epigraphy & Papyrology, Archeology

This e-book collection is part of Brill's Humanities and Social Sciences E-Book collection.

The list of titles per collection can be found here.
The Historiography of Rome and Its Empire series (HRE) aims to gather innovative and outstanding contributions that identify debates and trends, in order to help provide a better understanding of ancient historiography, as well as to identify fruitful approaches to Roman history and historiography. The series welcomes proposals that look at both Roman and Greek writers as well as manuscripts which focus on individual writers, or individuals in the same tradition. It is timely and valuable to bring these trends and historical sources together in the series, focusing on the whole of the Roman period, from the Republic to the Later Roman Empire.

Book proposals can be sent either to the series editors Carsten Hjort Lange and Jesper Majbom Madsen or directly to Brill.
The Language of Classical Literature is a peer-reviewed series of studies on Greek and Latin language and literature that are informed by modern literary or linguistic theory (e.g. discourse linguistics, narratology, intertextuality, metapoetics). The series is open to monographs, edited volumes, and conference proceedings (provided they have a clear thematic coherence). The Language of Classical Literature is a continuation of the renowned Amsterdam Studies in Classical Philology. Volumes 1-31 can be found here.