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Author: J.C. McKeown

There are few disciplines as exciting and forward-looking as medicine. Unfortunately, however, many modern practitioners have lost sight of the origins of their discipline. A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities aspires to cure this lapse by taking readers back to the early days of Western medicine in ancient Greece and Rome. Quoting the actual words of ancient authors, often from texts which have never before been translated into English, J. C. McKeown offers a fascinating glimpse at the origins of surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, pharmacology, diet and nutrition, and many other fields of medicine.

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Author: J.C. McKeown

Like its companion volume, A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities, this is an uproarious miscellany of odd stories and facts, culled from a lifetime of teaching ancient Greek civilization. In some ways, the book demonstrates how much the Greeks were like us. Politicians were regarded as shallow and self-serving; overweight people resorted to implausible diets; Socrates and the king of Sparta used to entertain their children by riding around on a stick pretending it was a horse. Of course, their differences from us are abundantly documented too and the book may leave readers with a few incredulous questions.

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Author: J.C. McKeown

Here is a whimsical and captivating collection of odd facts, strange beliefs, outlandish opinions, and other highly amusing trivia of the ancient Romans. We tend to think of the Romans as a pragmatic people with a ruthlessly efficient army, an exemplary legal system, and a precise and elegant language. A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities shows that the Romans were equally capable of bizarre superstitions, logic-defying customs, and often hilariously derisive views of their fellow Romans and non-Romans.

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Editor: Laura McClure

A Companion to Euripides is an up-to-date, centralized assessment of Euripides and his work, drawing from the most recently published texts, commentaries, and scholarship, and offering detailed discussions and provocative interpretations of his extant plays and fragments.

  • The most contemporary scholarship on Euripides and his oeuvre, featuring the latest texts and commentaries
  • Leading scholars in the field discuss all of Euripides’ plays and their afterlife with breadth and depth
  • A dedicated section focuses on the reception of Euripidean drama since the Hellenistic
  • Original and provocative interpretations of Euripides and his plays forge important paths for future scholarship

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Author: J.C. McKeown

Extensively field-tested and fine-tuned over many years, and designed specifically for a one-year course, JC McKeown's Classical Latin: An Introductory Course offers a thorough, fascinating, and playful grounding in Latin that combines the traditional grammatical method with the reading approach.

In addition to grammar, paradigms, and readings, each chapter includes a variety of extraordinarily well-crafted exercises that reinforce the grammar and morphology while encouraging the joy of linguistic and cultural discovery. 

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Author: Laura McClure

Witty nicknames, crude jokes, public nudity and lavish monuments - all of these things distinguished Greek courtesans from respectable citizen women in ancient Greece. Although prostitutes appear as early as archaic Greek lyric poetry, our fullest accounts come from the late 2nd century CE. Drawing on Book 13 of the Athenaeus' "Deipnosophistae", which contains almost all known references to Hetaeras from all periods of Greek literature, Laura K. McClure has created a window onto the ways ancient Greeks perceived the courtesan and the role of the courtesan in Greek life. 

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Author: Michael Vanden Heuvel

As one of the most outstanding and innovative playwrights of the 20th century, Elmer Rice made and sustained his reputation with a series of hit plays and provocative experimental work which, next to the output of Eugene O'Neill, remains the most varied canon of theatrical writing produced by an American dramatist. This reference book overviews his life and career and provides plot synopses and critical commentaries for his plays. The volume also provides cast and credit lists for major productions and an exhaustive bibliography of primary and secondary materials.

 

Editors: Jeremy Hutton and Aaron D. Rubin

Colleagues and former students honor Professor Jo Ann Hackett in this collection of essays focused on her interests in Northwest Semitic languages, epigraphy, and Canaanite religions of the Iron Age. Each section offers subject-specific chapters reflecting on methodology, while at the same time seeking to build connections between these three disciplines. Each contribution exemplifies the unifying theme of the collection: the continuing value and necessity of philological and comparative study of the Hebrew Bible. The contributors are Jason A. Bembry, Catherine E. Bonesho, Dexter E. Callender Jr., F. W. Dobbs-Allsopp, John L. Ellison, Steven E. Fassberg, Nathaniel E. Greene, Gordon J. Hamilton, Mark W. Hamilton, John Huehnergard, Jeremy M. Hutton, Susan Niditch, Heather Dana Davis Parker, Na‘ama Pat-El, Gary A. Rendsburg, Christopher A. Rollston, Aaron D. Rubin, Jacqueline Vayntrub, and Aren Wilson-Wright.

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Editor: William Aylward

This work presents results of rescue excavations by The Packard Humanities Institute (PHI) at Zeugma on the Euphrates in southeastern Turkey. Fieldwork was designed to salvage parts of the ancient city that slowly disappeared from view over several months in 2000 during the gradual filling of the reservoir behind a new hydroelectric dam near Birecik. At the outset of the crisis, PHI launched an ambitious program of excavation and conservation to document the ancient city for posterity. The result was an international collaboration on a scale rarely witnessed for archaeological projects. It is no surprise that this unparalleled endeavor has produced impressive results. These volumes present the final reports of these activities.

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Editors: Elizabeth P. Archibald, William Brockliss, Jonathan Gnoza

This volume provides a unique overview of the broad historical, geographical and social range of Latin and Greek assecond languages. It elucidates the techniques of Latin and Greek instruction across time and place, and the contrasting socio-political circumstances that contributed to and resulted from this remarkably enduring field of study. Providing a counterweight to previous studies that have focused only on the experience of elite learners, the chapters explore dialogues between center and periphery, between pedagogical conservatism and societal change, between government and the governed. In addition, a number of chapters address the experience of female learners, who have often been excluded from or marginalized by earlier scholarship.

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