RepiTitiationes ~ 05/01/15

BMCR 2015.04.06 Lambrecht on Power, Gibson, Suetonius, the Biographer: Studies in Roman Lives

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.04.06

Tristan Power, Roy K. Gibson (ed.), Suetonius, the Biographer: Studies in Roman Lives. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. xii, 338. ISBN 9780199697106. $150.00.

Reviewed by Ulrich Lambrecht, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz (lambre)

Preview (

In der Sueton-Forschung der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts findet man ganz überwiegend negative Urteile über die Leistung des Biographen: Die Inhalte der Caesaren-Viten wurden gern an der Historiographie des Tacitus, die biographische Form an den Lebensbeschreibungen Plutarchs gemessen. Unter derart normativen Prämissen galt Suetons Vorgehensweise als die eines grammaticus, der nur fragmentarisches Stückwerk biete.1 (#n1) Das hat sich unter dem Eindruck der Monographie W. Steidles, die Sueton als Schriftsteller in seinem Eigenwert erstmals wirklich anerkennt,2 (#n2) seit der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts gründlich geändert. Die Ansichten der Forschung vervielfältigten sich in der Folgezeit, so dass seitdem zwischen den positiven und den negativen Urteilen über Sueton auch vielfache Abschattierungen vertreten sind. Die englischsprachige Altertumswissenschaft beteiligt sich seit den 1980er Jahren wieder aktiver an der Auseinandersetzung mit Sueton;3 (#n3) danach wurd​e​
es, was monographische Studien betrifft, ruhiger um den Biographen, wenn auch nicht wirklich still, wie weiterhin erschienene Kommentarwerke und insgesamt doch recht zahlreiche Aufsatzpublikationen erkennen lassen.​ […]

καὶ τὰ λοιπά​:

BMCR 2015.04.06 ( on the BMCR blog

BMCR 2015.04.07 Zetzel on Arrighetti, Canfora, Guida, Bossina, De Martino, Giorgio Pasquali sessant’anni dopo

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.04.07

Graziano Arrighetti, Luciano Canfora, Augusto Guida, Luciano Bossina, Domenico De Martino, Giorgio Pasquali sessant’anni dopo. Atti della Giornata di studio (Firenze, 1° ottobre 2012). Margaritae, 2. Firenze: Accademia Fiorentina di Papirologia e di Studi sul Mondo Antico, 2014. Pp. 127. ISBN 9788890875212. €25.00 (pb).

Reviewed by James E. G. Zetzel, Columbia University (zetzel​AT​

[The Table of Contents is listed below.]

Giorgio Pasquali was killed at the age of 67 in a road accident in July 1952; a commemorative issue of the periodical Atene e Roma appeared later that year. To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of his death, Lanfranco Caretti edited Per Giorgio Pasquali (Pisa, 1972) including reminiscences and some substantial essays on his writing and scholarship by such scholars as Antonio La Penna, Alessandro Ronconi, Sebestiano Timpanaro, and Caretti himself, together with bibliographies of Pasquali’s writings and of important works about him. In 2012, for the sixtieth anniversary of his death, the Accademia Fiorentina di Papirologia e di Studi sul Mondo Antico sponsored a conference about Pasquali; the papers delivered then make up the contents of this volume.

While these three collections are only a small part of what has been written about Pasquali since 1952—the footnotes in the various essays in the volume under review make that evident—there are links among them: some of the contributions in 1972 were reprinted from the 1952 collection or are by the same authors, and Pasquali’s relationship with Lanfranco Caretti, the editor of the 1972 volume, is the subject of Domenico de Martino’s essay in this one. All three—and I am sure other publications as well—are also joined together by the presence in each of the same memorable photograph of Pasquali in animated conversation, taken on the Via Tornabuoni in Florence in May of 1951.​ […]​

καὶ τὰ λοιπά:

BMCR 2015.04.07 ( on the BMCR blog

BMCR 2015.04.08 Devecka on Marshall, Coluccio Salutati: On the World and Religious Life

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.04.08

Tina Marshall (trans.), Coluccio Salutati: On the World and Religious Life. The I Tatti Renaissance Library, 62. Cambridge, MA; London: Harvard University Press, 2014. Pp. xix, 391. ISBN 9780674055148. $29.95.

Reviewed by Martin Devecka, Yale University (martin.devecka​AT​

Coluccio Salutati was an outstanding figure in the generation that came between Petrarch and the full flowering—with Lorenzo Valla, Poggio Bracciolini, and others—of what has conventionally been known as Renaissance humanism. As an independent scholar, he reassembled and circulated Cicero’s Epistulae ad familiares; as chancellor of Florence, he wrote a tract, De tyranno, which constitutes one of the first explicit defenses of civil or republican government. His treatise On the World and Religious Life (De seculo et religione), with its thoroughgoing rejection, not just of political, but of all worldly activity, is difficult to fit with this career. Hans Baron, in his classic Crisis of the Early Italian Renaissance, called this text a “challenge for the student of Salutati:” something of an apparently medieval outlook, embedded in the matrix of early humanism.1 (#n1)​ […]

​καὶ τὰ λοιπά:

BMCR 2015.04.08 ( on the BMCR blog

RepiTitiationes ~ 04/30/15