Literature and Culture in the Roman Empire, 96-235

Cross-Cultural Interactions

Literature and Culture in the Roman Empire, 96-235
Alice Koenig, Rebecca Langlands, James Uden
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h235 x 158mm - 424pg
30 Apr 2020 UK
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This book explores new ways of analysing interactions between different linguistic, cultural, and religious communities across the Roman Empire from the reign of Nerva to the Severans (96-235 CE). Bringing together leading scholars in classics with experts in the history of Judaism, Christianity and the Near East, it looks beyond the Greco-Roman binary that has dominated many studies of the period, and moves beyond traditional approaches to intertextuality in its study of the circulation of knowledge across languages and cultures. Its sixteen chapters explore shared ideas about aspects of imperial experience - law, patronage, architecture, the army - as well as the movement of ideas about history, exempla, documents and marvels. As the second volume in the Literary Interactions series, it offers a new and expansive vision of cross-cultural interaction in the Roman world, shedding light on connections that have gone previously unnoticed among the subcultures of a vast and evolving Empire.
Alice Koenig is a Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of St Andrews. She works on ancient technical literature and the history of science, and the relationship between politics, society and literature in the early principate. These two interests come together in a monograph she is preparing on the author and statesman, Sextus Julius Frontinus, and in a series of articles she has published on Vitruvius, Frontinus, Pliny the Younger and Tacitus. Alice established the 'Literary Interactions' research project in 2011, and is co-editor also of the project's first volume (on literary interactions under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian), in which she has a chapter on Frontinus and Martial. She also co-directs a collaborative research project on 'Visualising War', looking at interplay between battle narratives in different genres and media from antiquity to the present day. Rebecca Langlands is Professor of Classics at the University of Exeter. Her research interests span Latin and Greek literature, ethics, Classical Reception and the history of gender and sexuality. Her books include Sexual Morality in Ancient Rome (Cambridge, 2006), Sex, Knowledge, and Receptions of the Past (edited with Kate Fisher, 2015) and Exemplary Ethics in Ancient Rome (Cambridge, 2018). She is director of the Centre for Knowledge in Culture in Antiquity and Beyond and co-director of the interdisciplinary Sexual Knowledge Unit at Exeter. She is also a founder and director of the award-winning Sex and History project, which works with museums, schools, charities and young people to promote empowering discussion of contemporary sexual issues. James Uden is an Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Boston University. He researches and writes broadly on Latin and Greek literature and the cultural history of the Roman Empire. He is the author of The Invisible Satirist: Juvenal and Second-Century Rome (2015) and has published articles on Catullus, Vergil, love elegy, fables, travel, and time. He is also interested in the transformation of classical ideas in English literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and his forthcoming monograph, Spectres of Antiquity, shows how authors of Gothic novels and poetry wrote within the shadow of ancient texts.

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