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Julius Caesar, reception of  

W. Jeffrey Tatum

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Feb 2017
The reception of Caesar constitutes, for obvious reasons, an immense topic. As a political idea, Caesar exhibits from the very beginning a tension between his role as dictator and ... More

law, Roman, institutional scheme of  

Jakob Fortunat Stagl

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Jul 2016
The institutional scheme of Roman law was developed primarily by Gaius on the basis of a preceding tradition of law manuals. The scheme consists of dividing the law into a General Part, ... More

literary criticism in antiquity  

Donald Russell

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Mar 2016
1. The arts of formal speech played a great part in ancient life, so that it was natural that vocabularies and conceptual frameworks should be developed for the purposes of evaluation, speculation ... More

literary theory and the classics  

Michael Silk

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Mar 2016
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Reception
Western literary theory is a long-established series of attempts to make sense of literary practice and experience over three millennia. There are at least four ways in which theory and ... More

locus amoenus  

Philip Hardie

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Mar 2016
Locus amoenus, ‘charming place, pleasance’, a phrase (Cic. Fin. 2. 107; Isid. Etym. 14. 8. 33, etc. ) used by modern scholars to refer to the literary topos of the set description of an idyllic ... More

medism  

C. J. Tuplin

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Dec 2015
(rarely Persism, though see Strabo 14. 657: the ‘med-’ root is a linguistic fossil from the era of *Cyrus(1)'s conquest of *Lydia) is a term whose application is normally confined to states or ... 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

narrative, narration  

Massimo Fusillo

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Mar 2016
In the last 30 years, interest in narrative has developed at an incredible pace. Two branches of this ‘narratology’ may be distinguished. The one is oriented towards the ‘story’ as ... More

opera  

Michael Ewans

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Jul 2015
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Reception
The Florentine Camerata—a group of humanists, musicians and intellectuals—invented opera, which was to become a major western art form, at the end of the 16th cent. ce. Its members believed that ... More

paignion  

Michael Silk

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Dec 2015
Paignion, the Greek equivalent of jeu d'esprit: an equivocal literary-critical label applied to various writings by their critics (dismissively) or their authors (apologetically or tongue-in-cheek). ... More

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