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Albert Rijksbaron

The text of this new edition is substantially that of the second edition, but a number of sections have been rewritten entirely or in part, notably those on the historic present and the future indicative. There is a new section on the aorist of performative verbs, which replaces that on the aorist of verbs of emotion. Several notes have been rewritten or added, e.g. on the uses of me‰llw. The part on the oblique optative has been considerably modified. A number of examples have been replaced by more relevant texts, and some twenty new examples have been added. The bibliography has been brought up to date. Two important changes concern the addition of an Index locorum and of a sixteen-page summary, ‘Essentials of Syntax and Semantics’. The summary makes it possible to have a quick look at the basic syntactic properties of the Greek verb; at the same time it may serve as a repertory that can be memorized.

Land of Dreams

Greek and Latin Studies in Honour of A.H.M. Kessels

Edited by André Lardinois, van der Poel and Vincent Hunink

This collection of essays by twenty-eight Dutch scholars is intended as a tribute to prof. dr. A.H.M. Kessels on the occasion of his retirement as professor of Greek Language and Literature at the Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands). It reflects his broad interests in the entire field of classical scholarship, ranging from early Greek poetry to later Latin literature and the reception of classics in modern literature. At the same time, the volume singles out some areas for special interest, notably dreams in classical literature (6 essays), classical drama (7 essays), the reception of Homer (4 essays), Greek literature (5 essays) and Latin literature (6 essays). The collection as a whole may be considered a sampler attesting the breadth and depth of present-day classical scholarship in the Netherlands.

With contributions by G.J.M. Bartelink; A.A.R.Bastiaensen; L.J. ter Beek; L. de Blois; J. den Boeft; B.M.C. Breij; J.M. Bremer; J.N. Bremmer; J.H. Brouwers; A.M. van Erp Taalman Kip; A. Harder; A.J.L. van Hooff; P. v.d. Horst; V.J.Chr. Hunink; I.F.J. de Jong; A.P.M.H. Lardinois; E.M. Moormann; A.P. Orbán; M.G.M. van der Poel; R.P. Salomons; D.M. Schenkeveld; W.L.G.M. Slenders; H. van Tress; G.C. Wakker; H.T. Wallinga; J.H. Waszink; M.J.H. van der Weiden


Edited by Chris Mackie

This volume is concerned with aspects of orality and literacy in the ancient world. It arises from the tremendous contemporary interest among scholars in questions of how literacy and orality co-exist and interact in the ancient world. The contents of the book are refereed papers originally presented at the fifth biennial 'Orality and Literacy in ancient Greece' held at The University of Melbourne in 2002. Papers are offered by scholars from Britain, the USA, Canada and Australia which deal with a range of periods and genres in antiquity, from Homer through to Roman literature. The book will be of great interest to students and scholars of the ancient world.

Epea and Grammata. Oral and Written Communication in Ancient Greece

Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece Vol. 4


Edited by Ian Worthington and John Foley

This volume deals with aspects of orality and oral traditions in ancient Greece, and is a selection of refereed papers from the fourth biennial Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece conference, held at the University of Missouri Columbia in 2000.
The book is divided into three parts: literature, rhetoric and society, and philosophy. The papers focus on genres such as epic poetry, drama, poetry and art, public oratory, legislative procedure, and Simplicius’ philosophy. All papers present new approaches to their topics or ask new and provocative questions.

Politics of Orality

Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece, Vol. 6


Edited by Craig Cooper

This volume represents the sixth in the series on Orality and Literacy in the Ancient Greek and Roman Worlds. The present work comprises a collection of essays that explore the tensions and controversies that arise as a society moves from an oral to literate culture. Part 1 deals with both Homeric and other forms of epic; part 2 explores different ways in which texts and writing were manipulated for political ends. Part 3 and 4 deals with the controversies surrounding the adoption of writing as the accepted mode of communication; whereas some segments of society began to privilege writing over oral communication, others continued to maintain that the latter was superior. Part 4 looks at the oral elements of Athenian Law.


Edited by George Harrison and Vayos Liapis

In recent years, classicists have begun aggressively to explore the impact of performance on the ways in which Greek and Roman plays are constructed and appreciated, both in their original performance context and in reperformances down to the present day. While never losing sight of the playscripts, it is necessary to adopt a more inclusive point of view, one integrating insights from archaeology, art, history, performance theory, theatre semiotics, theatrical praxis, and modern performance reception. This volume contributes to the restoration of a much-needed balance between performance and text: it is devoted to exploring how performance-related considerations (including stage business, masks, costumes, props, performance space, and stage-sets) help us attain an enhanced appreciation of ancient theatre.


Gregson Davis

This study of the Eclogues focuses on Vergil’s exploration of issues relating to the subject of human happiness ( eudaimonia)–ideas that were the subject of robust debate in contemporary philosophical schools, including the community of émigré Epicurean teachers and their Roman pupils located in the vicinity of Naples (“Parthenope”). The latent “interplay of ideas” implicit in the songs of the various poet-herdsmen centers on differing attitudes to acute misfortune and loss, particularly in the spheres of land dispossession and frustrated erotic desire. In the bucolic dystopia that Vergil constructs for his audience, the singers resort to different means of coping with the vagaries of fortune ( tyche). This relatively neglected ethical dimension of the poems in the Bucolic collection receives a systematic treatment that provides a useful complement to the primarily aesthetic and socio-political approaches that have predominated in previous scholarship.

"This book is insightful and engaging; amatores of Vergil's Eclogues (scholars, students, or enthusiasts) will find the work accessible and profitable." Kristi Eastin, California State University, Fresno


Maria Patera

In Figures de l’épouvante grecques de l’antiquité au présent, Maria Patera examines an unfamiliar aspect of the Greek pedagogy of fear, illustrated by narratives about four Greek terrifying figures: Lamia, Mormô, Gellô and Empousa. These female bogeys belong to the children's world. Each of those figures provokes fear in a particular way, according to its own characteristics (metamorphosis, hybridity, cannibalism, etc.). By means of a diachronic comparison of the ancient figures with their Byzantine and modern Greek namesakes, each of them is assigned a proper position within its specific historical, cultural, and religious context.

Dans Figures de l’épouvante grecques de l’antiquité au présent, Maria Patera examine un aspect mal connu de la pédagogie grecque, celui de la peur, illustré à travers des récits principalement destinés aux enfants à propos des épouvantails Lamia, Mormô, Gellô et Empousa. Ces quatre figures féminines appartiennent aux chambres enfantines et aux contes de bonnes femmes. Chacune d’entre elles matérialise un aspect de l’épouvante à travers ses façons d’agir et ses traits caractéristiques (métamorphose, hybridité, anthropophagie, etc.). Un examen diachronique permet de comparer les personnages anciens à leurs homonymes byzantins et néo-grecs et de déterminer leurs fonctions respectives dans chaque contexte historique, religieux et culturel donné.

Apuleius of Madauros, Pro se de magia (2 vols.)

A New Edition with Commentary

Vincent Hunink

Apuleius' speech Pro Se De Magia is a unique example of 2nd century Roman oratory and a literary masterpiece of the Second Sophistic. On this fascinating speech, no up-to-date commen-tary in English is available. The present publication aims at filling this gap. In the commentary, special attention is paid to the speaker's rhetorical strategies and the rich literary texture of the speech.

Vincent Hunink

The epic poem Bellum Civile by the Roman poet M. Annaeus Lucanus, a contemporary of the emperor Nero (1st century A.D.), deals with the great civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey in 49-47 B.C. Their conflict is elaborated in powerful verses full of paradoxes, pointed sententiae and vehement pathos. The present commentary is devoted to Book 3, which is dominated by a fascinating catalogue of Pompey's troups, and a highly original account of a naval battle delivered near Massilia.