Early Christian apocryphal and conical records current us with gruesome pictures of the human physique, frequently combining the playful and funny with the repulsive, and worried. First to 3rd century Christian literature was once formed by means of the discourse round and imagery of the human physique. This research analyses how the iconography of physically cruelty and visceral morality was once produced and sophisticated from the very begin of Christian historical past. The assets variety throughout Greek comedy, Roman and Jewish demonology, and metamorphosis traditions. The examine unearths how those pictures originated, have been followed, and have been formed to the carrier of a doctrinally and psychologically persuasive Christian message.
Among 327 and 70 B.C. the Romans increased their empire in the course of the Mediterranean global. This hugely unique research appears to be like at Roman attitudes and behaviour that lay at the back of their quest for energy. How did Romans reply to battle, 12 months after 12 months? How vital have been the cloth earnings of army success--land, slaves, and different riches--commonly speculated to were simply an incidental consequence? What price is there within the declare of the modern historian Polybius that the Romans have been pushed through a better and larger ambition to extend their empire? the writer solutions those questions inside an analytic framework, and is derived to an interpretation of Roman imperialism that differs sharply from the normal ones.
By Jeff Champion
This can be the tale of 1 of an important classical towns, Syracuse, and its struggles (both inner and exterior) for freedom and survival. positioned on the center of the Mediterranean, Syracuse was once stuck within the center as Carthage, Pyrrhus of Epirus, Athens after which Rome battled to achieve keep watch over of Sicily. the specter of expansionist enemies on each side made for a tumultuous state of affairs in the urban, leading to repeated coups that threw up a sequence of exceptional tyrants, comparable to Gelon, Timoleon and Dionysius.
In this primary quantity Jeff Champion strains the process Syracuse's wars below the tyrants from the conflict of Himera (480 BC) opposed to the Carthaginians right down to the demise of Dionysius I (367 BC), whose reign proved to be the excessive tide of the city's energy and impact. one of many highlights alongside the best way is the city's heroic resistance to, and eventual decisive defeat of, the Athenian expeditionary strength that besieged them for over years (415-413BC), an occasion with monstrous ramifications for the Greek international. this is often the eventful existence tale of 1 of the forgotten significant powers of the traditional Mediterranean international.
Material Connections eschews outmoded concept, tainted via colonialist attitudes, and develops a brand new cultural and ancient realizing of the way elements corresponding to mobility, materiality, clash and co-presence impacted at the formation of identification within the historic Mediterranean. scuffling with opposed to ‘hyper-specialisation’ in the topic quarter, it explores the a number of ways in which fabric tradition was once used to set up, preserve and change identities, in particular during times of transition, tradition stumble upon and alter. a brand new viewpoint is followed, person who perceives using fabric tradition by means of prehistoric and ancient Mediterranean peoples in formulating and altering their identities. It considers how gadgets and social identities are entangled in a number of cultural encounters and interconnections.
The flow of individuals in addition to items has consistently stood on the center of makes an attempt to appreciate the classes and strategy of human heritage. The Mediterranean deals a wealth of such details and fabric Connections, increasing in this base, bargains a dynamic, new topic of enquiry – the social determine of prehistoric and historical Mediterranean humans – and considers how migration, colonial encounters, and connectivity or insularity effect social identities. the quantity encompasses a sequence of leading edge, heavily similar case reports that research the contacts among a number of Mediterranean islands – Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily, Crete, Cyprus, the Balearics – and the within reach beaches of Italy, Greece, North Africa, Spain and the Levant to discover the social and cultural influence of migratory, colonial and alternate encounters. Material Connections forges a brand new direction in knowing the fabric tradition of the Mediterranean and may be crucial for these wishing to boost their knowing of fabric tradition and identification within the Mediterranean.
By Rosalind Thomas
This publication explores the function of written and oral communique in Greece and is the 1st systematic and sustained remedy at this point. It examines the hot theoretical debates approximately literacy and orality and explores the makes use of of writing and oral verbal exchange, and their interplay, in historic Greece. It units the importance of written and oral communique up to attainable of their social and ancient context, and stresses the particularly Greek features of their use. It attracts jointly the result of contemporary reports and indicates additional avenues of inquiry. All old facts is translated.
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