Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

College of Letters & Science


A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities

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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Courtesans at Table: Gender and Greek Literary Culture in Athenaeus

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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Elmer Rice: A Research and Production Sourcebook

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.


Excavations at Zeugma

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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Learning Latin and Greek from Antiquity to the Present

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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Lucius Annaeus Seneca: The Complete Tragedies, Volume I

Translators: Shadi Bartsch, Susanna Braund, Alex Dressler, and Elaine Fantham
Editor: Shadi Bartsch

This first volume contains Medea, The Phoenician Women, Phaedra, The Trojan Women, and Octavia, the last of which was written in emulation of Senecan tragedies and serves as a unique example of political tragedy. The second volume includes Oedipus, Hercules Mad, Hercules on Oeta, Thyestes, and Agamemnon. High standards of accuracy, clarity, and style are maintained throughout the translations, which render Seneca into verse with as close a correspondence, line for line, to the original as possible, and with special attention paid to meter and overall flow. In addition, each tragedy is prefaced by an original translator’s introduction offering reflections on the work’s context and meaning. Notes are provided for the reader unfamiliar with the culture and history of classical antiquity. Accordingly, The Complete Tragedies will be of use to a general audience and professionals alike, from the Latinless student to scholars and instructors of comparative literature, classics, philosophy, drama, and more.

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Performing Drama/Dramatizing Performance

Author: Michael Vanden Heuvel

Performing Drama/Dramatizing Performance examines the interaction between avant-garde performance and mainstream text-oriented drama. The author begins with a historical survey of American alternative theater, from its origins in the1960s avant-garde through the theoretical and formalist experimental work of the 1970s. He then traces how, over the last thirty years, the two strands have been slowly merging, allowing contemporary theater artists the opportunity to intertwine elements of both performance and drama to produce innovative integrated works.

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Personification and the Feminine in Roman Philosophy

Author: Alex Dressler

While the central ideal of Roman philosophy exemplified by Lucretius, Cicero and Seneca appears to be the masculinevalues of self-sufficiency and domination, this book argues, through close attention to metaphor and figures, that the Romans also recognized, as constitutive parts of human experience, what for them were feminine concepts such as embodiment, vulnerability and dependency. Expressed especially in the personification of grammatically feminine nouns suchas Nature and Philosophy 'herself', the Roman's recognition of this private 'feminine' part of himself presents a contrast with his acknowledged, public self and challenges the common philosophical narrative of the emergence of subjectivity and individuality with modernity. To meet this challenge, Alex Dressler offers both theoretical exposition and case studies, developing robust typologies of personification and personhood that will be useable for a variety of subjects beyond classics, including rhetoric, comparative literature, gender studies, political theory and the history of ideas.

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Reception and the Classics: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Classical Tradition

Editors: William Brockliss, Pramit Chaudhuri, Ayelet Haimson Lushkov, and Katherine Wasdin

This collection brings together leading experts in a number of fields of the humanities to offer a new perspective on the classical tradition. Drawing on reception studies, philology and early modern studies, the essays explore the interaction between literary criticism and the multiple cultural contexts in which texts were produced, discovered, appropriated and translated. The intersection of Realpolitik and textual criticism, poetic and musical aesthetics, and authority and self-fashioning all come under scrutiny. The canonical Latin writers and their subsequent reception form the backbone of the volume, with a focus on the European Renaissance. It thus marks a reconnection between classical and early modern studies and the concomitant rapprochement of philological and cultural historical approaches to texts and other works of art. This book will be of interest to scholars in classics, Renaissance studies, comparative literature, English, Italian and art history.

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Spoken Like a Woman: Speech and Gender in Athenian Drama

Author: Laura McClure

In ancient Athens, where freedom of speech derived from the power of male citizenship, women's voices were seldom heard in public. Female speech was more often represented in theatrical productions through women characters written and enacted by men. In Spoken Like a Woman, the first book-length study of women's speech in classical drama, Laura McClure explores the discursive practices attributed to women of fifth-century b.c. Greece and to what extent these representations reflected a larger reality. Examining tragedies and comedies by a variety of authors, she illustrates how the dramatic poets exploited speech conventions among both women and men to construct characters and to convey urgent social and political issues.

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