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xlv, 325 p. ; 25 cm.
This volume is a sustained exercise in the genre of secondary literature which aims at explaining a literary work as much as possible in and through the author's own words. A passage in direct speech by different speakers from the "History of Herodotus", the earliest long Greek prose text, has been made the object of a systematic effort to distil and analyze the linguistic characteristics relevant to its interpretation, by confronting it with the rest of the work as well as with earlier and contemporary writings.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004114555 20160528
Green Library
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xi, 254 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
The Roman world was fundamentally a face-to-face culture, where it was expected that communication and negotiations would be done in person. This can be seen in Rome's contacts with other cities, states, and kingdoms - whether dependent, independent, friendly or hostile - and in the development of a diplomatic habit with its own rhythms and protocols that coalesced into a self-sustaining system of communication. This volume of papers offers ten perspectives on the way in which ambassadors, embassies, and the institutional apparatuses supporting them contributed to Roman rule. Understanding Roman diplomatic practices illuminates not only questions about Rome's evolution as a Mediterranean power, but can also shed light on a wide variety of historical and cultural trends. Contributers of this title are: Sheila L. Ager, Alexander Yakobson, Filippo Battistoni, James B. Rives, Jean-Louis Ferrary, Martin Jehne, T. Corey Brennan, Werner Eck, and Rudolf Haensch.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004170988 20160528
Green Library

3. Homeric morality [1994]

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xiv, 261 p. ; 25 cm.
This work considers two questions: whether or not the Homeric gods are concerned with "justice" in human society; and what mechanism controls the social behaviour of Homeric man. It shows that the gods distribute good and bad fortune to men not in response to their moral behaviour, but as required by fate; men, however "believe" that the gods are concerned with human morality, and subsequently their behaviour is restrained by their faith in the moral gods as well as by many other forces, social and emotional. This volume, taken as a whole, serves as a sustained critique of two influential works in the field: "The Justice of Zeus" by H. Lloyd-Jones and "Merit and Responsibility" by A.W.H. Adkins. It should be of interest to readers with some knowledge of the Greek language and with interests in Homer, Greek religion and/or the development of Greek ethical thinking and moral concepts.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004098725 20160528
Green Library

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