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Ben-Hur, reception of  

Jon Solomon

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Dec 2015
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Reception
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, a historical romance novel set in 1st-century Judea and Antioch, was written by Lew Wallace (1827–1905) and published by Harper & Brothers in 1880. It has generated ... More

damnatio memoriae  

John Percy Vyvian Dacre Balsdon and Barbara Levick

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Dec 2015
After the deaths of persons deemed by the senate enemies of the state, measures to erase their memory might follow. Originally there was no set package, as the phrase implies (cf. Ulp.Dig. ... More

ethnicity  

Catherine A. Morgan and Peter Heather

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Dec 2015
In social science usage, a term coined (in 1953) to describe that condition ‘wherein certain members of a society in a given social context choose to emphasize as their most meaningful basis of ... More

founders, city  

Antony Spawforth

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Dec 2015
Founders were chiefly important before *Alexander (3) the Great in the case of colonies (see apoikia), founded under the leadership of an oikist (οἶκιστής), whose achievements frequently led to his ... More

golden age  

Peta G. Fowler and Don P. Fowler

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Jul 2015
An imagined period in early human history when human beings lived a life of ease, far from toil and sin. The most important text is *HesiodOp. 109–26 (see West's comm.), which talks of a ‘golden ... More

imitatio  

Gian Biagio Conte and Glenn W. Most

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Dec 2015
Imitatio (μίμησις), the study and conspicuous deployment of features recognizably characteristic of a canonical author's style or content, so as to define one's own generic affiliation (see ... More

midrash  

Martin Goodman

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Jul 2015
Midrash, a type of exegesis of scriptural texts practised by *Jews. The genre of midrash is characterized by the use of an explicit citation of, or clear allusions to, a passage in an authoritative ... More

palimpsest  

Frederic George Kenyon and Nigel Wilson

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Dec 2015
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Reception
Palimpsest (παλίμψηστος), a term applied to manuscripts in which the original text has been scraped or washed away, in order that another text may be inscribed in its place. As the term properly ... More

topos  

Glenn W. Most and Gian Biagio Conte

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Mar 2016
Topos, a standard form of rhetorical argumentation or a variably expressible literary commonplace.In classical rhetoric, inventio aids the orator to find elements of persuasion: τόποι or loci are ... More

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