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Texts and Violence in the Roman World

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Monica R. Gale, J. H. D. Scourfield, David Konstan, Shilpa Raval, Paul Allen Miller, Donncha O'Rourke, Carole E. Newlands, John Henderson, Duncan F. Kennedy, Efrossini Spentzou, Bruce J. Gibson, William Fitzgerald
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  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107027145

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  • From the bites and scratches of lovers and the threat of flogging that hangs over the comic slave, to murder, rape, dismemberment, and crucifixion, violence is everywhere in Latin literature. The contributors to this volume explore the manifold ways in which violence is constructed and represented in Latin poetry and prose from Plautus to Prudentius, examining the interrelations between violence, language, power, and gender, and the narrative, rhetorical, and ideological functions of such depictions across the generic spectrum. How does violence contribute to the pleasure of the text? Do depictions of violence always reinforce status-hierarchies, or can they provoke a reassessment of normative value-systems? Is the reader necessarily complicit with authorial constructions of violence? These are pressing questions both for ancient literature and for film and other modern media, and this volume will be of interest to scholars and students of cultural studies as well as of the ancient world.

    • The first comprehensive study of representations of violence in Latin literature
    • Covers a wide range of genres in Latin poetry and prose over a long period of time
    • Draws on a number of modern social and cultural theories, opening up new perspectives for classicists and appealing to scholars of other disciplines
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107027145
    • length: 396 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction – reading Roman violence Monica R. Gale and J. H. D. Scourfield
    1. Comic violence and the citizen body David Konstan and Shilpa Raval
    2. Contemplating violence: Lucretius' 'De rerum natura' Monica R. Gale
    3. Discipline and punish – Horatian satire and the formation of the self Paul Allen Miller
    4. Make war not love: militia amoris and domestic violence in Roman elegy Donncha O'Rourke
    5. Violence and resistance in Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' Carole E. Newlands
    6. Tales of the unexpurgated (Cert PG) – Seneca's Audionasties (Controversiae 2.5, 10.4) John Henderson
    7. Dismemberment and the critics – Seneca's 'Phaedra' Duncan F. Kennedy
    8. Violence and alienation in Lucan's 'Pharsalia' – the case of Caesar Efrossini Spentzou
    9. Tacitus and the language of violence Bruce J. Gibson
    10. Cruel narrative: Apuleius' 'Golden Ass' William Fitzgerald
    11. Violence and the Christian heroine – two narratives of desire J. H. D. Scourfield.

  • Editors

    Monica R. Gale, Trinity College Dublin
    Monica R. Gale is Professor in Classics at Trinity College Dublin. Her publications include Myth and Poetry in Lucretius (Cambridge, 1994), Virgil on the Nature of Things: The Georgics, Lucretius and the Didactic Tradition (Cambridge, 2000), and a commentary on Lucretius Book 5 (2009).

    J. H. D. Scourfield, Maynooth University, Ireland
    J. H. D. Scourfield is Professor of Classics at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and a Vice-President of the Classical Association. His publications include Consoling Heliodorus: A Commentary on Jerome, Letter 60 (1993).


    Monica R. Gale, J. H. D. Scourfield, David Konstan, Shilpa Raval, Paul Allen Miller, Donncha O'Rourke, Carole E. Newlands, John Henderson, Duncan F. Kennedy, Efrossini Spentzou, Bruce J. Gibson, William Fitzgerald

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