Abstract – Arethusa – Plagiarism or Imitation?: The Case of Abronius Silo in Seneca the Elder’s Suasoriae 2.19–20

Scott McGill

Plagiarism or Imitation?: The Case of Abronius Silo in Seneca the Elder’s Suasoriae 2.19–20

Arethusa – Volume 43, Number 1, Winter 2010, pp. 113-131

The Johns Hopkins University Press

Abstract:

Disagreements over whether an author imitated or plagiarized a predecessor are a part of Latin literary history, with Virgil’s ancient reception providing striking examples. This article argues that Seneca the Elder’s Suasoriae 2.19–20 sets forth another case where a Roman author’s perceived textual borrowing was labeled both imitation and plagiarism. The author is Abronius Silo, who adapts a sententia from the declaimer Porcius Latro. In addition, I explore ways of conceptualizing the imitation and plagiarism that appear in Seneca’s passage, situate the discussion in the context of Seneca’s work and intellectual milieu, and link his ideas and critical practices to those found in Latin literary culture more broadly.

via Project MUSE – Arethusa – Plagiarism or Imitation?: The Case of Abronius Silo in Seneca the Elder’s Suasoriae 2.19–20.

Abstract – Arethusa – The Scent of a Woman

Shane Butler

The Scent of a Woman

Arethusa – Volume 43, Number 1, Winter 2010, pp. 87-112

The Johns Hopkins University Press

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At Aeneid 1.691-94, Venus sets Ascanius down to sleep on a bed of aromatic marjoram; Servius seizes the opportunity to recount the origins of perfume. Revealing that the note is no antiquarian coincidence, this article argues that the Vergilian passage and others in Greek and Latin poetry echo, to important effect, the remarkable tradition of one of antiquity’s most famous fragrances. Along the way, an investigation of botanical and medical sources clarifies our picture of how perfume was used, explaining the vicious humor of a passage in Lucretius and suggesting a new solution to a famous interpretive crux regarding Catullus 13.

via Project MUSE – Arethusa – The Scent of a Woman.

Abstract – Arethusa – Making History Mythical: The Golden Age of Peisistratus

Claudia Zatta

Making History Mythical: The Golden Age of Peisistratus

Arethusa – Volume 43, Number 1, Winter 2010, pp. 21-62

The Johns Hopkins University Press

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This paper examines the association in Aristotle (Ath. Pol. 16.7) of the mythical Golden Age with the tyranny of Peisistratus and, by means of an array of both iconographic and textual evidence, suggests that Peisistratus made use of Golden Age imagery during his regime. This paper also discusses the tyrant’s attempts to relieve the twin problems of overpopulation in the city and lack of cultivation of the countryside, and addresses the overall policy of coordination between astu and chōra.

via Project MUSE – Arethusa – Making History Mythical: The Golden Age of Peisistratus.

Abstract – Arethusa – Helen’s “Judgment of Paris” and Greek Marriage Ritual in Sappho 16

Eric Dodson-Robinson

Helen’s “Judgment of Paris” and Greek Marriage Ritual in Sappho 16

Arethusa – Volume 43, Number 1, Winter 2010, pp. 1-20

The Johns Hopkins University Press

Abstract:

The evaluation and judgment of what is most beautiful (κάλλιστον) in Sappho 16 is what John Foley calls a “traditional reference” to the judgment of Paris. By making Helen rather than Paris the judge of what is κάλλιστον, the poem focalizes erotic agency from her perspective. Helen’s “judgment of Paris” and her erotic agency should be read in light of the poem’s references to archaic Greek marriage. While André Lardinois (2001, 2003) makes a case that Sappho 16 is a wedding song, my reading focuses on unexplored aspects of the poem’s relation to the marriage ritual.

via Project MUSE – Arethusa – Helen’s “Judgment of Paris” and Greek Marriage Ritual in Sappho 16.

Abstract – Arethusa – Roman Spectacle Entertainments and the Technology of Reality

Dean Hammer

Roman Spectacle Entertainments and the Technology of Reality

Arethusa – Volume 43, Number 1, Winter 2010, pp. 63-86

The Johns Hopkins University Press

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Roman spectacle entertainment has attracted substantial scholarly interest because of renewed ways in which politics is seen as culturally enacted. Less attention has been paid to the technologies associated with these spectacles. When discussed, technologies emerge as a manufactured form of manipulation by a knowing elite over a gullible populace that heightened the anticipation of violence or magnified the charisma and prestige of the emperor. I suggest a more paradoxical result. These technologies, in their ability to extract that which is distinct and permanent from the environment, make both nature and humanity transitory, reproducible, and conformable to human desire. What I call technologies of reality produce a tension between the status-affirming function of spectacles and the status-collapsing effects of a new cultural politics as spectacles combined participation with consumption and hierarchic distinction with democratized desire.

via Project MUSE – Arethusa – Roman Spectacle Entertainments and the Technology of Reality.

Vespasian’s Birthplace Redux

The incipit of a recently-dated  piece from AdnKronos which seems to be being picked up by some other papers:

An international team of archaeologists claims to have unearthed the 2000-year-old birthplace of the Roman emperor, Vespasian, north of the Italian capital. Vespasian ruled the Roman empire in the first century A.D. and was behind the construction of the Colosseum, one of Italy’s most popular landmarks.

Archeologists believe they have located his birthplace in the Falacrinae valley near the hill town of Cittareale, 130 km northeast of Rome.

“Ancient Roman historian Suetonius says Vespasian was born in the Falacrinae valley area. Field surveys and information from locals have told us tell us this must be Vespasian’s birthplace,” one of the project’s directors, British archaeologist Helen Patterson told Adnkronos International (AKI).

Vespasian was the ninth Roman emperor, who reigned from 69-79 AD. He was believed to come from humble beginnings and founded the short-lived Flavian dynasty after the civil wars that followed Nero’s death in 68 AD.

During recent excavations, the archaeologists uncovered sumptuous marble floors and mosaics at the site of the 3,000-4,000 square metre Villa of Falacrinae, Patterson said.

The team of 30-60 archaeologists recovered pots, numerous coins, ceramic and metal artefacts from the site which is 820 metres above sea level, overlooking the surrounding Falacrinae valley.

The archeologists are hoping to recover more items in fresh excavations in July and August, Patterson said. [etc.]

Not positive about this, but I see nothing new here compared to reports (about which I expressed some skepticism) last summer …

via Italy: Birthplace of Roman emperor ‘found’ in Lazio – Adnkronos Culture And Media.

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