The Sixteen Satires

Author: Juvenal

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 252

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Perhaps more than any other writer, Juvenal (c. AD 55–138) captures the splendour, the squalor and the sheer energy of everyday Roman life. In The Sixteen Satires he evokes a fascinating world of whores, fortune-tellers, boozy politicians, slick lawyers, shameless sycophants, ageing flirts and downtrodden teachers. A member of the traditional land-owning class that was rapidly seeing power slip into the hands of outsiders, Juvenal also creates savage portraits of decadent aristocrats – male and female – seeking excitement among the lower orders of actors and gladiators, and of the jumped-up sons of newly-rich former slaves. Constantly comparing the corruption of his own generation with its stern and upright forebears, Juvenal’s powers of irony and invective make his work a stunningly satirical and bitter denunciation of the degeneracy of Roman society

Paul: A Critical Life

Author: Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 432

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Here Jerome Murphy-O'Connor presents a completely new, and much more vivid and dramatic account of the life of Paul than has ever previously been attempted. From his childhood in Tarsus and his years as a student in Jerusalem to the successes and failures of his ministry, this biography has no peer in terms of its detailed reconstructions of Paul's movements and motives. Traditionally, the Acts of the Apostles has provided the framework for the lives of Paul. In recent years, however, the historical value of the Acts has been called into question. Despite the accuracy of many details, they have been linked in ways which reflect the interests of Luke rather than objective reality. Critical assessment is called for if they are to be incorporated into a life of Paul. The prime source for a reconstruction of the Apostle's life must be his own writings. Recent advances in the study of the letters have brought to light new depths which enables them to be used for biographical purposes. The originality of this book lies in the combination of these two approaches, which are reinforced by close attention to the social and cultural aspects of Paul's ministry as revealed by archaeology and contemporary texts—and it transforms a fountain of theological ideas into a human being.

Falco: The Official Companion

Author: Lindsey Davis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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One of the stories from the bestselling historical fiction Falco series. As the girl came running up the steps, I decided she was wearing far too many clothes...So, in 1989, readers were introduced to Marcus Didius Falco, the Roman informer, as he stood on the steps of the Temple of Saturn, looking out across the Forum: the heart of his world. Twenty years and twenty books later, Falco fans want a companion volume. Only here will you learn the author's private background, including her descent from a failed assassin and how atheism improved her knitting. Here too are the real glories and heartache involved in research and creation: why the baby had to be born in Barcelona, which plots evolved from intense loathing of management trainees, what part a thermal vest played in the iconic Falco's conception. It can't be a complete handbook to ancient Rome, but it covers perennial issues. There are a hundred illustrations, some specially commissioned, others from family archives. Enlightening quotations come from the Falco books and from eminent sources: Juvenal, through Chandler, to 1066 and All That. Readers have asked for this book. Their paranoid, secretive author agrees it is now or never. Time to spill beans on the travertine...

Classica Et Mediaevalia

Author: Tonnes Bekker-Nielsen

Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 328

View: 116

Classica et Mediaevalia is an international periodical, published annually, with articles written by Danish and international scholars. The articles are mainly written in English, but also in French and German. The periodical deals from a philological point of view on classical antiquity in general and topics such as history of law and philosophy and the medieval ecclesiastic history. Classica et Mediaevalia covers the period from the Greco-Roman Antiquity until the Late Middle Ages. Volume 56 contents include: The Habit of Subsidization in Classical Athens: Toward a Thetic IdeologyA Note on Aristophanes, Clouds 76A Polis as a Part of a Larger Identity Group: Glimpses from the History of LepreonA Monger of Red Herrings: Plato's Method of Dead Ends in Politicus 257a-275cEpicurean GodsThe Contribution of Ars and Remedia to the Development of Autobiographical FictionHow Shall We Comprehend the Roman I-Poet? A Reassessment of the Roman Persona-TheoryJuvenal 3.146: A New Interpretati

The Penguin Classics Book

In Search of the Best Books Ever Written

Author: Henry Eliot

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

View: 586

Penguin Classics is the largest and best-known classics imprint in the world. From The Epic of Gilgamesh to the poetry of the First World War, and covering all the greatest works of fiction, poetry, drama, history and philosophy in between, this reader's companion encompasses 500 authors, 1,200 books and 4,000 years of world literature. Stuffed full of stories, author biographies, book summaries and recommendations, and illustrated with thousands of historic Penguin Classic covers, this is an exhilarating and comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to explore and discover the best books ever written.

Experiencing Rome

Culture, Identity and Power in the Roman Empire

Author: Janet Huskinson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 554

First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Consolation of Philosophy

Author: Ancius Boethius

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

View: 224

Boethius was an eminent public figure under the Gothic emperor Theodoric, and an exceptional Greek scholar. When he became involved in a conspiracy and was imprisoned in Pavia, it was to the Greek philosophers that he turned. THE CONSOLATION was written in the period leading up to his brutal execution. It is a dialogue of alternating prose and verse between the ailing prisoner and his 'nurse' Philosophy. Her instruction on the nature of fortune and happiness, good and evil, fate and free will, restore his health and bring him to enlightenment. THE CONSOLATION was extremely popular throughout medieval Europe and his ideas were influential on the thought of Chaucer and Dante.

Penguin Classics: The Catalogue

Author: Penguin Classics

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN:

Category: Reference

Page: 176

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'From books, all I seek is to give myself pleasure by an honourable pastime' Michel de Montaigne In 1946, E. V. Rieu's groundbreaking translation of The Odyssey established a cultural legacy that would bring the world's most compelling and influential literature to millions of readers around the globe. For over sixty-five years, Penguin Classics have been making works that were once the sole preserve of academics accessible to everyone; this catalogue offers a complete list of all titles in print across the list - more than 1,200 books, from Aristotle and Austen, to Zola and Zamyatin. It also features Michel de Montaigne's enchanting essay 'On Books'. 'The Penguin Classics, though I designed them to give pleasure even more than instruction, have been hailed as the greatest educative force of the twentieth century. And far be it for me to quarrel with that encomium, for there is no one whom they have educated more than myself' E. V. Rieu