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Caddeddi On The Tellaro

Author : R. J. A. Wilson
ISBN : 9042933887
Genre : Art
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The late Roman villa of Caddeddi, near Noto in south-east Sicily, first came to light over forty years ago. Built in the second half of the fourth century AD, it is chiefly known for its three figured mosaic pavements, which after careful restoration in Syracuse were returned to the site prior to its opening to the public in 2008. This book describes in detail these and other pavements at Caddeddi, and concludes that, as at the more famous villa of Casale near Piazza Armerina a generation before, they are likely to be the work of North African mosaicists fulfilling an overseas commission for the villa's owner. The book attempts to place the mosaics and the villa itself in their wider Sicilian and Mediterranean context, with discussion ranging over such topics as late Roman villas elsewhere in Sicily, the iconography of myth and personification, peacock-feather helmets, the participation of the military in the Roman animal trade, the parallels between the mosaic floors of Caddeddi and those of Roman North Africa, the development of a new Roman saddle type in the fourth century, and military footwear fashionable at the same time. Of particular note are the 197 illustrations, 184 of them in full colour, which highlight the vividness and vivacity, as well as the polychromatic variety, of these stunning late Roman mosaics.
Category: Art

Rivista Studi Bizantini E Neoellenici N 53 2016

Author : Andrea Luzzi
ISBN : 9788868129576
Genre : History
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INDICE Andrea TORNO GINNASI, La toupha e il cavallo Tomás FERNÁNDEZ, Malas mujeres en Leoncio de Neápolis Angela PRINZI, Una redazione inedita della Passio SS. Caesarii et Iuliani: la Passio graeca minor (BHG 285d) tràdita dal ms. Ambr. D 92 sup. Daniele BIANCONI, Sparagmata di un antico testimone dell’Historia Ecclesiastica di Eusebio di Cesarea Enrica FOLLIERI, L’autore della Vita di San Nilo da Rossano André JACOB, L’invocation de Léonce Pietro PODOLAK, Nicetas Archbishop of Nicomedia: a forgotten figure in the twelfth-century controversy surrounding the Filioque Francesco LO CONTE, «Bibliotecham venetiis ornatissimam habet…»: due indici inediti di manoscritti greci appartenuti a Diego Hurtado de Mendoza (1504-1575) Donatella BUCCA, Lucas Holste e il «thesoro nascosto» della biblioteca del San Salvatore di Messina: notizie inedite dal Barb. lat. 3074 Giuseppe M. CROCE, Vocazione ecumenica del monastero di Grottaferrata Massimiliano MAIDA, Bisanzio negli scritti giovanili di Kostìs Palamàs tra rievocazione storica e coscienza nazionale Pubblicazioni ricevute (a cura di Laura ZADRA)
Category: History

Classical Traditions In Modern Fantasy

Author : Assistant Professor of Classics Brett M Rogers
ISBN : 9780190610067
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Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy is the first collection of essays in English focusing on how fantasy draws deeply on ancient Greek and Roman mythology, philosophy, literature, history, art, and cult practice. Presenting fifteen all-new essays intended for both scholars and other readers of fantasy, this volume explores many of the most significant examples of the modern genre-including the works of H. P. Lovecraft, J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones series, and more-in relation to important ancient texts such as Aeschylus' Oresteia, Aristotle's Poetics, Virgil's Aeneid, and Apuleius' The Golden Ass. These varied studies raise fascinating questions about genre, literary and artistic histories, and the suspension of disbelief required not only of readers of fantasy but also of students of antiquity. Ranging from harpies to hobbits, from Cyclopes to Cthulhu, and all manner of monster and myth in-between, this comparative study of Classics and fantasy reveals deep similarities between ancient and modern ways of imagining the world. Although antiquity and the present day differ in many ways, at its base, ancient literature resonates deeply with modern fantasy's image of worlds in flux and bodies in motion.

Apoxy Menos

Author : Palazzo Medici Riccardi
ISBN : UOM:39015067640881
Genre : Art
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Historical and stylistical analysis of the "Apoxyòmenos," a Greek bronze statue from around 360 B.C. that was discovered in 1999 in the waters off the island of Lošinj in Dalmatia. Also details story of the recovery and preservation.
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Roman Portable Sundials

Author : Richard J. A. Talbert
ISBN : 9780190273484
Genre : Clocks and watches
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In an unscientific era when maps were rarities, how did ancient Romans envisage their far flung empire? This was done by various means for certain, including with the aid of an ingenious type of portable sundial that has barely attracted notice. As the Romans understood before the first century BCE, to track the passage of the sun across the sky hour-by-hour one needed to know one's latitude and the time of year, and that, furthermore, sundials did not have to be fixed objects. These portable instruments, crafted in bronze, were adjustable for the changes of latitude to be expected on long journeys--say, for instance, from Britain to Spain, or from Alexandria to Rome, or even on a Mediterranean tour. For convenient reference, these sundials incorporated lists of twenty to thirty names of cities or regions, each with its specific latitude. One of the insights of Roman Portable Sundials is that the choice of locations offers unique clues to the mental world-map and self-identity of individuals able to visualize Rome's vast empire latitudinally. The sixteen such sundials known to date share common features but designers also vied to create enhancements. Comparison with modern calculations shows that often the latitudes listed are incorrect, in which case the sundial may not perform at its best. But then the nature of Romans' time-consciousness (or lack of it) must be taken into consideration. Richard Talbert suspects that owners might prize these sundials not so much for practical use but rather as prestige objects attesting to scientific awareness as well as imperial mastery of time and space. In retrospect, they may be seen as Roman precursors to comparable Islamic and European instruments from the Middle Ages onwards, and even to today's luxury watches which display eye-catching proof of their purchasers' wealth, sophistication, and cosmopolitanism. Richly enhanced with detailed photographs, line drawings, maps, a gazetteer, and a table of latitudes and locations, Roman Portable Sundials brings these overlooked gadgets out of the shadows at last to reveal their hitherto untapped layers of meaning.
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Rethinking The Mediterranean

Author : William Vernon Harris
ISBN : 0199265453
Genre : History
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"This text examines the ancient and medieval history of the Mediterranean Sea and the lands around it"--Provided by publisher.
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Understanding Standardization And Variation In Mediterranean Ceramics

Author : Antonis Kotsonas
ISBN : 9042930918
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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This volume is designed as a wide-ranging analysis of ceramic standardization and variation, and as a contribution to pottery studies in the Mediterranean and beyond. It originates in a conference session in the 16th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists which was held in The Hague, The Netherlands, and was organized by the research team of the project New Perspectives on Ancient Pottery (NPAP) of the Amsterdam Archaeological Centre, University of Amsterdam. Some of the most enduring questions archaeologists raise are explicitly or implicitly formulated around the concepts of standardization and variation. Yet, the significance of these concepts has rarely been acknowledged in archaeological literature and their full potential for the study of ancient culture remains under-explored. To demonstrate the significance of these concepts for the study of material culture, we adopt here a cross-cultural and diachronic perspective. The individual chapters cover a variety of case studies, ranging from Spanish handmade pottery to John Beazley's Greek vase painters. The range of approaches pursued is equally broad and involves traditional stylistic analyses, applications of archaeological science, statistical methodologies, and post-processual considerations. The result will hopefully stimulate pottery experts and specialists in other categories of artifacts to revisit their material from different and fresh angles.
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Urbanization In History

Author : A. M. van der Woude
ISBN : 0198289588
Genre : Social Science
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This book represents an important contribution to the history of urbanization. The introduction offers a clear and instructive discussion of fundamental concepts, processes and measurement problems, summarizes latest research findings and goes on to detect new topics of particular currentinterest.Four principal areas of contemporary research on urbanization are covered: urban hierarchies and networks, urban-rural economic links, and migration and demographic patterns. The issues are discussed both in general terms and in the context of specific countries, cities and historical periods.New areas of analysis, such as the study of migration flows by age, sex or social group, and the comparative east-west apprach of several of the chapters will serve to broaden the traditional scope of research and stimulate further work in the field.
Category: Social Science

Cities And Gods

Author : Ted Kaizer
ISBN : 9042929057
Genre : History
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"This volume explores the impact of religious traditions on the physical and social organization of cities in the ancient world. The contributors draw on diverse theories, methods and evidence to identify the existence of broad similarities and differences in the urban religious experience. Individual papers range from the Roman Republican period to late Antiquity, and encompass the city of Rome, Italy, and both the eastern and western provinces. Specific themes include the relationship between liturgy and temple architecture, the influence of religious traditions on civic spaces, an the impact of Christianity on the pagan city. Together, these papers make the case for the centrality of ritual and religion in the experience of the ancient city and throw light on current debates by providing historical examples of the varied ways in which communities accommodate changing religious practices in the urban fabric."--P. [4] of cover.
Category: History