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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.


Jean Peeters-Fontainas

Edited by Anne-Marie Frédéric

Comprehensive bibliography of Spanish books printed in the Southern Netherlands (present-day Belgium) until 1800. It includes books in Spanish (even in part) printed within the present frontiers of Belgium, but also books printed under a fictitious Belgian imprint, or, vice versa, in Belgium under a fictitious foreign imprint, as well as imprints without place or publisher whose subject matter suggests a Belgian origin. 1413 Titles (plus a few Addenda) are described in great detail. A chronological list (1520-1785) and extensive Indexes at end. All the marks and devices of the printers and publishers dealt with are reproduced in the original size. Awarded the Triennial Prize for Bibliography of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

Les Ottomans et la mort

Permanences et mutations


Edited by Gilles Veinstein

In keeping with the historical trend, well developed for Western civilisation, of research into attitudes to Death, but it is concerned with the far less studied East, specifically the Turkish world and its attitude to Death. Bringing together a team of specialists belonging to diverse disciplines (ethnology, history, philology, political studies), this study approaches its subject from various angles; although the Ottoman period is central to the study, a lengthy period is touched on, from the ancient Turks of Inner Asia to the present situation in Central Asia and Turkey.
This intriguing work looks into the pre-Islamic Turkic traditions, the role of Islam, and other historical factors involved in the development of Ottoman funeral practices and attitudes to Death, which the present-day Turks have nolens volens inherited.


Edited by L.-E. Halkin, F. Bierlaire and René Hoven

Erasmus wrote his Colloquies as educational material for training boys in Latin conversation. This volume of the Amsterdam edition of the Latin texts of Erasmus offers a critical edition of the Latin texts of these influential, creative writings, which resemble short Latin plays. The editors present a critical edition of the Latin text, with an introduction and commentary in French, and provide linguistic, philological, historical, philosophical and theological background to the text.

E. de Vries-van der Velden

L'auteur s'est proposé d'étudier plus à fond l'époque de la guerre civile à Byzance de 1341 à 1354, jusqu'à présent trop négligée par les byzantinistes. La haute aristocratie, se rebellant contre le gouvernement impérial, s'était alliée sans scrupules aux Turcs, persuadée que ceux-ci étaient moins dangereux pour elle que les masses populaires, avec lesquelles le gouvernement s'était associé. Bientôt les Turcs envahissaient presque tout l'empire, dévastant des provinces entières de la Grèce actuelle, pour s'y installer enfin en permanence.

François Secret

The present edition contains a complete facsimile of the only printed edition of this text, viz. the Latin version (Venice, 1548), which is of the utmost scarcity. Further more faithful facsimiles of three printed broadsides, and no less than four facsimiles of manuscripts, viz. the Avec une Introduction et des Notes. Hebrew, Latin, Italian and French versions of the text. Moreover of the Latin and the French manuscript-versions complete transcriptions are given as well. This related group of texts is preceded by a valuable introduction and followed by extensive notes.


Edited by Charles Bene, Sem Dresden and André Godin

This second volume of Ordo V in the Amsterdam edition of the Latin texts of Erasmus comprises theological treatises presenting the first half of Erasmus’ commentaries on eleven Psalms. The commentaries explain the Psalms, offering the priests and parishioners material for their preaching. The volume presents critical editions of the Latin texts and introductions and commentary notes in French that provide the reader with philological, theological, linguistic and historical background information enabling a better understanding of the text and identification of Erasmus’ sources.

Hadji Bektach: un mythe et ses avatars

Genèse et évolution du soufisme populaire en Turquie


Irene Mélikoff

This volume deals with the history of popular religion in Turkey from its origins in the 13th century; the formation of the heterodoxies known as Bektashism and Alevism which are characterised by their syncretism and their religious tolerance; and the bipartition of these currents, both of which refer to the popular saint Hadji Bektash. This fascinating book analyses their beliefs and practices, offers a summary of their rich literature, and treats of the present evolution of these currents, their further prospects, and their anthropocentric, inter-denominational and ecumenical character.


Edited by J.H. Waszink

This additional volume offers a revised edition of Lingua, Erasmus’ work on language, its possibilities and the dangers in its use, ending in a praise of the Word of God. Since it deals with the moral implications of language, Erasmus placed it in Ordo IV that comprises works on moral issues. The Latin text is presented in a critical edition, accompanied by introductions and a commentary in French, elucidating difficult passages, tracing Erasmus’ sources and offering all linguistic, historical, theological and philological information needed to understand the text.

Expérience et Écriture Mystiques dans les Religions du Livre

Actes d'un colloque international tenu par le Centre d'études juives Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne 1994


Edited by Paul Bernard Fenton and Roland Goetschel

The present volume contains the procectings of a conference of " Writing and the Mystical Experience in the Religions of the Book" held at the Sorbonne in 1994. Though this theme is examined within the Christian and Islamic traditions, most of the contributions touch on this phenomenon in Jewish mysticism in the various stages of its historical development from the Midrash an d Merkabah right down to Luryanis Qabbalah and appear a lang site. Theoretical and methodoligical essays phenomenological studies of particular rituals connected with the mystical experience both in the Jewish and non-Jewish context. Of particular significance are the articles dealing with comparative aspects between Christian, Jewish and Muslim rituals such as baptism or the visitation of tombs.