Classics Confidential: Constanze Güthenke on German Classical Reception

I’ve got a pile of these interviews to catch up on (18 or so! I’ll be spacing them out over the next week or so). In this one Constanze Güthenke talks about German Classical scholarship and reception over the past couple centuries or so …   here’s the official blurb:

CC’s Anastasia Bakogianni caught up with Constanze Güthenke, Associate Professor of Classics and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University (…), during her visit to the UK. Constanze came to London to present a paper at the Encounters with Athens, Rome and Jerusalem: (Re)Visiting Sites of Textual Authority in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century conference organised by Professor Catherine Edwards at Birkbeck, University of London (1-2 July 2013).

Constanze talks about her new book project Greek Lives: German Classical Scholarship and the Language of Attachment, 1790-1920. She explains that German classical scholarship became the dominant model for academic and archaeological investigations of ancient Greece and Rome during this period. She tells us how her comparative approach arose out of her own educational background which combines a thorough training in Classics, with German and Modern Greek Studies. Constance also talks about her interest in how academic disciplines are formed which is the research question that drives her current project. Secondary literature has become her primary source in her investigation of the German model.

Her interest in the reception of the classical past in Modern Greece is reflected in her first monograph Placing Modern Greece. The Dynamics of Romantic Hellenism, 1770-1840 (Oxford University Press, 2008:…) that interrogated the formation of the modern state and its dialogue with classical literature.

At the conference Constanze examined the German encounter with Modern Greece in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. German travellers and scholars came to the modern state seeking a connection to the classical past. The immediacy they sought was, however, complicated by the process of modernisation that they encountered. Their ambivalent response towards this modern reality found expression in their scholarly writings.

Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews ~ 08/16/15

[catching up …. again}

  • 2014.08.25:  William Allan, Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction. Very short introductions.
    2014.08.24:  Averil Cameron, Dialoguing in Late Antiquity. Hellenic studies, 65.
  • 2014.08.23:  Denise Demetriou, Negotiating Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean: The Archaic and Classical Greek Multiethnic Emporia.
  • 2014.08.22:  Dimitri Kasprzyk, Christophe Vendries, Spectacles et désordre à Alexandrie: Dion de Pruse, Discours aux Alexandrins. Histoire. Série Histoire ancienne.
  • 2014.08.21:  Emanuele Lelli, Quinto di Smirne. Il seguito dell’Iliade di Omero. Testo greco a fronte. Il pensiero occidentale. bmcr2
  • 2014.08.20:  Hélène Fragaki, Un édifice inachevé du quartier royal à Alexandrie. Etudes Alexandrines, 31.
    2014.08.19:  David Stacey, Gregory Doudna, Qumran Revisited: A Reassessment of the Archaeology of the Site and its Texts. BAR international series, 2520.
    2014.08.18:  Fernando Lozano Gómez, Un Dios entre los hombres: la adoración a los emperadores romanos en Grecia. Col·lecció Instrumenta, 37.
  • 2014.08.17:  Evan Hayes, Stephen Nimis, Galen: Three Treatises: ‘On My Own Books’, ‘On the Order of My Own Books’, and ‘That the Best Physician is Also a Philosopher’. An Intermediate Greek Reader.
  • 2014.08.16:  Stefan Feuser, Monopodia: figürliche Tischfüße aus Kleinasien. Ein Beitrag zum Ausstattungsluxus der römischen Kaiserzeit. Byzas, 17​.
  • 2014.08.15:  Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos, Ancient Greek Women in Film. Classical Presences.
  • 2014.08.14:  Timothy Michael Law, When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible.
    2014.08.13:  Johannes de Vries, Martin Karrer, Textual History and the Reception of Scripture in Early Christianity / Textgeschichte und Schriftrezeption im frühen Christentum. Society of Biblical Literature. Septuagint and cognate studies, 60​.
  • 2014.08.12:  Mario Labate, Gianpiero Rosati, La costruzione del mito augusteo. Bibliothek der klassischen Altertumswissenschaften, Band 141.
    2014.08.11:  C. D. Gordon, The Age of Attila: Fifth-Century Byzantium and the Barbarians. Revised edition, with a new introduction and notes by David S. Potter.
    2014.08.10:  Peter Fibiger Bang, Dariusz Kołodziejczyk, Universal Empire: A Comparative Approach to Imperial Culture and Representation in Eurasian History.
    2014.08.09:  David Leeming, Medusa: In the Mirror of Time.
    2014.08.08:  Aaron M. Seider, Memory in Vergil’s Aeneid: Creating the Past.
    2014.08.07:  Jennifer M. Webb, David Frankel, Ambelikou Aletri. Metallurgy and Pottery Production in Middle Bronze Age Cyprus. Studies in Mediterranean archaeology, 138.
    2014.08.06:  John Godwin, Ovid: Metamorphoses III, An Extract: 511-733. Bloomsbury Latin texts. London; 2014.07.16:  Ken Dark, Ferudun Özgümüş​, Constantinople: Archaeology of a Byzantine Megapolis. Final Report on the Istanbul Rescue Archaeology Project 1998-2004.
    2014.07.17:  Gregory Nagy, The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours.
    2014.07.18:  Carl Nylander, Börje Blomé, Lars Karlsson, Angela Bizzarro, Giuseppe Tilia, Stefano Tilia and Alessandro Tilia, San Giovenale, vol. 5, fasc. 1: The Borgo. Excavating an Etruscan Quarter: Architecture and Stratigraphy. Skrifter utgivna av Svenska Institutet i Rom, 4, 26:5,1.
    2014.07.19:  Claus Ambos, Lorenzo Verderame, Approaching Rituals in Ancient Cultures. Questioni di rito: rituali come fonte di conoscenza delle religione e delle concezioni del mondo nelle culture antiche. Proceedings of the conference, November 28-30, 2011, Roma. Rivista degli Studi Orientali, nuova serie, 86, supplemento no 2.
    2014.07.20:  Riccardo Massarelli, I testi etruschi su piombo. Biblioteca di studi etruschi, 53.
    2014.07.21:  Jürgen​ Leonhardt, Latin: Story of a World Language (First published 2009; translated by Kenneth Kronenberg).
    2014.07.22:  Timothy J. Moore, Wolfgang Polleichtner, Form und Bedeutung im lateinischen Drama/ Form and Meaning in Latin Drama. Bochumer Altertumswissenschaftliches Colloquium, Band 95.
    2014.07.23:  Jeffrey C. Anderson, The Christian Topography of Kosmas Indikopleustes: Firenze, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, plut. 9.28. The Map of the Universe Redrawn in the Sixth Century. Folia picta: manoscritti miniati medievali, 3.
    2014.07.24:  Michel Sève, Patrick Weber, Guide du forum de Philippes. Sites et monuments, 18.
    2014.07.25:  Paul Cartledge, After Thermopylae: The Oath of Plataea and the End of the Graeco-Persian Wars. Emblems of Antiquity. 2014.07.26:  Danielle L. Kellogg, Marathon Fighters and Men of Maple: Ancient Acharnai.
    2014.07.27:  Andreas Heil, Die dramatische Zeit in Senecas Tragödien. Mnemosyne supplements. Monographs on Greek and Latin language and literature, 357.
    2014.07.28:  Janet Burnett Grossman, Funerary Sculpture. The Athenian Agora, 35.
    2014.07.29:  Paul G. P. Meyboom, Eric M. Moormann, Le decorazioni dipinte e marmoree della domus aurea di Nerone a Roma (2 vols.). Babesch supplements, 20.
    2014.07.30:  Vanda Zajko, Ellen O’Gorman, Classical Myth and Psychoanalysis: Ancient and Modern Stories of the Self. Classical presences. 2014.07.31:  Lloyd P. Gerson, From Plato to Platonism. 2014.07.32:  Barbara M. Levick, Faustina I and II: Imperial Women of the Golden Age. Women in antiquity.
    2014.07.33:  Thomas Kjeller Johansen, The Powers of Aristotle’s Soul. Oxford Aristotle studies.
    2014.07.34:  Christian Orth, Alkaios–Apollophanes: Einleitung, Übersetzung, Kommentar. Fragmenta Comica, Bd 9.1.
    2014.07.35:  Francesco Fronterotta, Eraclito: Frammenti.
    2014.07.36:  Carol C. Mattusch, Rediscovering the Ancient World on the Bay of Naples, 1710-1890. Studies in the history of art, 79.
    2014.07.37:  Gideon Nisbet, Greek Epigram in Reception: J. A. Symonds, Oscar Wilde, and the Invention of Desire, 1805-1929.
    2014.07.38:  Wilfred E. Major, The Court of Comedy: Aristophanes, Rhetoric, and Democracy in Fifth-Century Athens.
    2014.07.39:  Olga Chernyakhovskaya, Sokrates bei Xenophon: Moral – Politik – Religion. Classica Monacensia, Bd 49.
    2014.07.40:  Richard F. Thomas, Jan M. Ziolkowski, The Virgil Encyclopedia (3 vols.).
    2014.07.41:  Raffaella Cribiore, Libanius the Sophist: Rhetoric, Reality, and Religion in the Fourth Century. Townsend lectures/Cornell studies in classical philology.
    2014.07.42:  Christopher P. Jones, Between Pagan and Christian.
    2014.07.43:  J. C. Rolfe, John T. Ramsey, Sallust, I: The War with Catiline; The War with Jugurtha (edited and revised; first published 1921). Loeb classical library, 116.
    2014.07.44:  Alberto Bernabé, Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui, Ana Isabel Jiménez San Cristóbal, Raquel Martín Hernández, Redefining Dionysos. MythosEikonPoiesis, Bd 5.
    2014.07.45:  Elizabeth Marlowe, Shaky Ground: Context, Connoisseurship and the History of Roman Art. Debates in archaeology.
    2014.07.46:  Jordi Pàmias i Massana, Arnaud Zucker, Ératosthène de Cyrène. Catastérismes. Collection des universités de France. Série grecque, 497.


  • 2014.07.47:  Joshua Billings, Felix Budelmann, Fiona Macintosh, Choruses, Ancient and Modern.
    2014.07.48:  Noémie Villacèque, Spectateurs de paroles! Délibération démocratique et théâtre à Athènes à l’époque classique. Histoire. Série Histoire ancienne.
    2014.07.49:  Glenn W. Most, Alice D. Schreyer, Homer in Print: A Catalogue of the Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana at the University of Chicago Library.
    2014.07.50:  Michael Silk, Ingo Gildenhard, Rosemary Barrow, The Classical Tradition: Art, Literature, Thought.
    2014.07.51:  Cyprian Broodbank, The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World.
    2014.07.52:  Ingrid D. Rowland, From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town.
  • 2014.07.53:  Joseph Geiger, Hellenism in the East: Studies on Greek Intellectuals in Palestine. Historia Einzelschriften 229.
  • 2014.08.02:  Angelika Schöne-Denkinger, Attisch rotfigurige und schwarzgefirnisste Peliken, Loutrophoren und Lebetes Gamikoi. Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum Deutschland, Bd. 95. Berlin, Antikensammlung ehemals Antiquarium, Bd 15.
    2014.08.03:  Alison E. Cooley, M. G. L. Cooley, Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Sourcebook. Second edition (first published 2004). Routledge sourcebooks for the ancient world.
    2014.08.04:  Alexander Kirichenko, Lehrreiche Trugbilder: Senecas Tragödien und die Rhetorik des Sehens. Bibliothek der klassischen Altertumswissenschaften; 142.
    2014.08.05:  Jane Alison, Change Me: Stories of Sexual Transformation from Ovid.



Oeconomicus | (Subtle) Changes at rogueclassicism

Just so folks are aware, after a year or so trying to find an efficient way to deal with the ever-growing content in the Classical blogosphere (which I curate … I don’t just send everything out), I’ve finally figured out that such posts are best sent straight to Twitter. So if you have hitherto come to the blog for such things, please follow us on Twitter as @rogueclassicist . It will also eliminate a click or two when you do see a link from the blogosphere that you’d like to pursue (no, I’m not in this for personal click gain).

Similarly, whenever a conference or call for papers does have a link to a webpage of some sort (which all really should have at this point in classical internet evolution), I’ll also use twitter as a means to spread the word. Those without, I’ll still post to rogueclassicism, but I cannot guarantee their timeliness.

Assorted news articles of minor interest (to me) will also continue to be appropriately hashtagged and posted to twitter along with drama reviews (#ancientdrama), movie items (#swordandsandal), book reviews in the popular press (#classicalbook), latin and greek news (#nuntiilatini, #nuntiigraeci)  and youtube videos which are likely of short shelf life (#awotv).

The whole reason for all this is to prevent the classical blogosphere (etc.) backlog which I always seem to be struggling with which gets in the way, timewise,  of more meaty news posts and commentary. I’ll still include This Day in Ancient History, BMCR and CJ reviews, online video lectures and interviews, etc..

In other words, we’re returning rogueclassicism to its roots while acknowledging the utility of Twitter for dissemination of the work of others in the Classical blogosphere and assorted ‘ephemera’, for want of a better term.