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Princeton University Department of Classics

Works: 35 works in 41 publications in 1 language and 419 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography 
Classifications: PA6826, 873.1
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The tradition of Virgil; three papers on the history and influence of the poet by Junius Spencer Morgan( Book )
4 editions published in 1930 in English and held by 233 libraries worldwide
Princeton/Stanford working papers in classics by Princeton University( file )
in Undetermined and English and held by 135 libraries worldwide
George E. Duckworth : a bibliography ( Book )
2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
The moral psychology of sincerity in fifth-century Athens by Jennifer Mann( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
The value of sincerity acquires increased importance at moments that put strain on one's rational interest in being sincere, such as the pervasive condition of war and political revolution. As might be predicted, in response to the stress of Athens' domestic and international turmoil in the last third of the fifth century, Athenian texts from this period do spotlight thematic concerns such as the opacity of the human mind or self and the problem of discriminating between sincerity and insincerity in others. This dissertation considers how four fifth-century, Athenian texts engage the politically pertinent theme of sincerity: Thucydides' History, Sophocles' Ajax, Euripides' Hecuba and Sophocles' Philoctetes all demonstrate a marked concern with this value. Within each of these works, I look for the embedded assumptions about the constitution of the self and consider how factors within the self are portrayed as impacting an individual's ability to manifest sincerity. Sincerity of self is presented as a product of either reason or emotion: that is, an individual might demonstrate sincerity either as a result of consistent adherence to a consciously worked out code of rational values or through action in accordance with his spontaneous, innate emotional impulses. Central to fifth-century discussions of sincerity, and indeed of all virtues, is whether it is most stably attained through education or through inheritance from noble parents. The primary aim of this dissertation is to determine how fifth-century thinkers conceived of the moral psychology of sincerity, or how they saw the parts of the self as interacting to engender sincerity
The helix of Dionysus. Musical imagery in later Euripidean drama by Aikaterini Tsolakidou( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
This dissertation studies the musical imagery contained in the choral and monodic lyrics of four major later Euripidean dramas: the Trojan Women, the Phoenician Women, the Hypsipyle and the Helen. Its aim is to show that such lyrics engage in a fundamental and systematic reflection on tragedy's internal musical discourse and poetics, and to further our understanding of the tragic genre's self-conception as a form of song and mousike. A strong and recurrent focus in all these odes is on the god of theater and my reading illuminates the special value of the references to song, dance and music in connection to Dionysus
Script and song in Pindar and Aeschylus by Anna S Uhlig( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
This dissertation, "Script and Song in Pindar and Aeschylus", begins from the simple fact, often obscured by political and social distinctions, that Pindar and Aeschylus were poetic contemporaries and found success with the same audiences across the Greek Mediterranean. I argue that they also shared a poetic outlook which reflected large-scale shifts in the conceptualization of poetry during their historical period. This perspective stems from their awareness of a written poetic tradition that was by then several centuries old, and which produced a corresponding concern for the future material longevity and reperformability of poetic objects. In particular, new realities of reperformance required a substantial reexamination and redefinition of the temporal conception of poetic voice to fully integrate the ever more decisive role of writing in facilitating poetic performances. I argue that Pindar and Aeschylus responded to their changing poetic reality by developing a scriptory poetics that allowed them to adjust their compositional style to reflect and reveal their poetry as fixed in writing, thus inhabiting a temporality shaped by the physical text as well as the presence of an author or an audience
The chorus in dialogue: Reading lyric exchanges in Greek tragedy by Rosa Margarita Andujar( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
From the "Ode to Man" to songs of praise, the Greek tragic chorus are readily associated with the odes that they sing. Critical accounts, however, overlook their performances in a different mode: lyric dialogues in which they engage with actors through song or a lyrical mixture blending speech. In this dissertation, I argue that these exchanges were sites of active and self-conscious experimentation in fifth-century Athenian tragedy, in which tragedians not only tested the performative capabilities of both chorus and actor but also explored the conditions under which interactions between a group and an individual succeeded or failed
Drastic measures: Meter and the birth of book lyric in Greece and Rome by Jason C Pedicone( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
"Lyric" poetry has been traditionally defined as such chiefly by metrical criteria. In Archaic Greece, lyric poetry was chiefly sung poetry in contrast to "epic" poetry which was recited. The transition from an oral to a written poetic culture in Greece caused meter to take on an even larger significance for the "lyric poets," a thematically and chronologically disparate group of poets who came to be identified as a specific group. Greek lyric poetry produced in the Hellenistic period displays extraordinary metrical self-consciousness, with lyric poets drawing on the received ethos of a particular lyric meter to add subtle layers of meaning to their work. Callimachus seems to have advocated such metrical virtuosity in his Iambi and Theocritus practiced it in his lyric Paidika. This phenomenon is also particularly well observed in Hellenistic Greek epigram as well as among the Greek technopaignia which used complex lyric metrical systems to create visual images on the page that interact with the literary meaning of the poem they present. This intense attention to meter was not lost on the Latin lyric poets, though it has gone somewhat unobserved by scholars. Beginning with Laevius, Latin poets inherited the Hellenistic Greek tradition of metrical self-consciousness in their lyric poetry, relying on meter to add layers of meaning to their works. A closer attention to the semantic ethos of a given meter in the lyric poetry of Horace and Catullus not only reveals that the Roman lyric poets' engagement with meter surpasses previous scholarly estimations but also yields new readings of important poems
Cultural exchange in Roman society: Freed slaves and social values by Rose MacLean( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
I conclude that freed culture did not simply imitate that of the ruling orders but rather participated in a dialogue about social values, and that this dialogue was instrumental in shaping elite ideology under the Principate
General announcement by Princeton University( serial )
in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Defining the holy visions of the ascetic in late antiquity by Christopher T Lee( Archival Material )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Methodius of Olympus' "Symposium," Imperial Greek literature and the aesthetics of hope by Dawn Teresa LaValle( Book )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
My first chapter deals with Methodius' use of the dialogic genre, concluding that Methodius has a genuinely dialogic intent, creating a mimetic world that is meant to increase the desire of the readers. He connects this to the broader role of the developed imagination as a necessary skill for the Christian to live a life correctly oriented to the future. In the second chapter I show how, compared to other Imperial-era Symposia, Methodius ignores the trend towards compilation and nostalgia (influenced by Xenophon), and instead claims descent from the more focused debate in Plato's Symposium. Furthermore, he claims to supersede his Platonic model by moving the Symposium's time and place, pointing not to a party shared by philosophers of the previous generation, but to a future banquet yet to come after death. The third chapter treats Methodius' relationship with competitive, rhetorical display speeches. The expected rivalry between speakers is minimized, and the danger of competition is smoothed into the idea of variation within a harmonic whole. My fourth chapter examines the hymn that ends the Symposium. While functioning as a closural device, it is a closure that constantly moves forward instead of looping back incessantly. The alphabetic stanzas and the blend of various voices make it a compelling model of the ordered, hierarchical polyphony present in so many other aspects of Methodius' dialogue
Persa: Introduction and commentary by Joseph Matthew Conlon( file )
1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The Persa of Plautus has received little scholarly attention. Aside from a handful of articles and a few passing remarks in monographs about other plays or aspects of Plautus or Roman comedy, the only commentaries on the play are: Woytek (1982, German), Ammendola (1922, Italian), Ussing (1886, Latin), Jacobus Operarius (1679, Latin) and Lambinus (1577, Latin). This dissertation, taking the form of an introduction and commentary on the Persa, is the first commentary and, more generally, the first full-length treatment of the play in English. The introduction has three goals: (1) to show why all previous commentaries in other languages, but especially Woytek's, fail to meet the needs and address the interests of modern readers and scholars of Plautus; (2) to demonstrate that the Persa has been neglected unjustly and that it merits attentive reading just as much as the more popular comedies of Plautus; and (3), to introduce the main issues of the play and the main interests of commentary which follows. The commentary itself performs all of the basic work that one would expect: collecting comparanda, explaining difficult and corrupt passages, providing necessary cultural and historical context, etc. In addition, it places particular emphasis on explaining Plautus' language (especially alliteration, proverbs, etymology, the relationship between the colloquial and literary registers of Latin, word choice, and parallels with modern European languages), the staging of the drama, the development of the characters and their relationships, music, and the issues of slavery and gender. The goal throughout is to render the play more accesible to a wider audience of readers
Ovid's Metamorphoses and the scientific revolution by Samuel J Galson( Book )
1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
This dissertation examines Ovid's engagement with philosophy in the Metamorphoses in light of the continuous reception of the poem by natural philosophers, from Seneca the Younger to thinkers credited with the foundation of modern scientific principles, such as Francis Bacon and Rene Descartes. In Chapter 1, it provides a new interpretation of the "realism" of Ovid's fantastical fictions, demonstrating that by setting realism in conflict with fantasy Ovid highlights the fact that different ancient philosophical schools both attacked and defended the usefulness of fictions to philosophy in contrasting ways. Contemporary scholars usually regard Ovid as straightforwardly anti-philosophical, but the reception history unveiled in the following five chapters sets this view against the historical fact that Ovid's credibility as a natural philosophical authority grew with the development of natural philosophy in the Middle Ages and actually reached its height during the Scientific Revolution. Focussing on astrology, natural magic and alchemy, and their modern counterparts, astronomy, experimental science and chemistry, the dissertation shows that the reception of Ovid in these domains exhibits a complex interplay of rejection and appropriation, both within and between different philosophers, which replays the dynamics of the reception of fiction exposed within the original poem. Ovid's poem thus functioned historically as a crucial site for debate about the role of fiction in scientific method, and affords valuable insights into disputes between realist and anti-realist philosophers of science that continue to generate controversy
The Hellenistic past in Plutarch's Lives by Mallory Anita Monaco( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
This dissertation is a study of five Greek Lives (Demetrius, Pyrrhus, Aratus, Agis and Cleomenes) and one pair of Lives (Philopoemen-Flamininus) in which Plutarch of Chaeronea portrayed the Greek world between the death of Alexander and the coming of Rome. My objective is to determine how Plutarch represented Hellenistic Greece, and what cultural relevance these Hellenistic narratives might have had for his contemporary readers. This study complicates the current scholarly narrative concerning Imperial Greek literature, which maintains that Imperial authors were uninterested in Greek history after Alexander, by demonstrating that Plutarch found the Hellenistic past to be a useful tool for thinking through the socio-political dynamics of second-century AD Greece. I argue that Plutarch envisioned the Hellenistic world as analogous to his own, based on a similarly imbalanced power dynamic between the weakened Greek poleis and powerful foreign rulers who valued Greek culture. By means of this analogy, Plutarch explored timely lessons in the Hellenistic Lives that were otherwise inaccessible in the Lives of Archaic and Classical Greek statesmen. I draw on Plutarch's political Moralia and other contemporary works to illustrate the resonances between the socio-political concerns in the Greek poleis of the Roman Empire and Plutarch's themes in the Hellenistic Lives
Telling Troy : the narrative functions of Troy in Roman poetry by Brigitte Anne Benacerraf Libby( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
In Roman poetry, telling a Trojan story was a way of talking about Rome. This dissertation combines philological and cultural-historical approaches to write the history of Troy in Roman poetry, tracing its evolution through changing cultural contexts. As the pivot between East and West and between history and myth, Troy's fall breached temporal, cultural, and geographical boundaries. Troy's interpretive flexibility made it an ideal tool for introducing and exploring complexities in the cultural narratives of Rome, which traced its origin to Troy. The sack of Troy could be seen either as the first step in the teleological advance of Roman Empire or as the first phase in a cycle of destruction that claimed Rome's mother-city and threatened Rome as well
Networks, hegemony, and multipolarity in the Hellenistic Cyclades by John Antony Neves Zuzarte Tully( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The connected studies in this dissertation draw on insights from network theory and international relations theory to reframe our economic, social, and political narratives of the Cyclades in the Hellenistic period. First, it synthesises recent work on the Hellenistic coinages of the islands, including the first study of the coinage of Paros, to identify previously unrecognised sub-regional island numismatic networks. Second, study of the proxeny network in the Cyclades confirms the historical validity of the Cyclades as a unit at this time, and demonstrates the systemic centrality of Delos to communication both inside and across the Hellenistic Cyclades. Third, it reconceptualises the sanctuary of Delos as a locus of socially embedded competitive display, and argues that dedications were required for patrons to maintain their relevance, but rarely, if ever, could grant primacy. Finally, a reanalysis of Rhodian activity in the Hellenistic Cyclades presents Rhodes as one of several contemporaneously active competing powers, rather than one of a succession of uncontested hegemons. Each study individually allows more space for islander agency, regional complexity, and the diversity of the island experience than has previously been common. Cumulatively, the result is a richer pattern of narratives which are more consistent with our current understanding of the environmental constraints inherent in Cycladic life; which are embedded in the varying regional and sub-regional economic and social structures here identified; and which allow for more diverse diachronic engagement by a range of internal and external powers
Trends in early epigram by Simon Oswald( Book )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Sometimes maligned as inferior poetry and frequently as derivative in relation to its well-established literary cousin, inscribed epigram has nonetheless enjoyed a resurgence in recent times as a worthy academic pursuit in its own right. My research continues this trend. Whereas previous studies of epigram have contained a much narrower thematic focus, I pursue a holistic account of its development between 750 and 480/79 BCE. In this sense it is the first broad historical account of epigram to be attempted. In my first chapter, I outline my methodologies in defining inscribed verse, describing dialect, and dating objects. The principles of 'metricisation', '3D dialect', and guidelines for indicating chronological uncertainty are three of my main contributions to these subfields. I catalogue 29 inscribed epigrams in my second chapter that either postdate or were overlooked by previous collections. In my third chapter, I investigate the beginnings of epigram, disassociating it from the invention of the alphabet and arguing for its coexistence with, not dependence upon, literary poetry; the relationship between the two should not be defined as hierarchical. Chapter Four is a case study of epigram 750-600 BCE. I argue that local and interregional networks of epigram can be identified based upon dialect, alphabet, literary theme, and style of monument or object. Local networks were competitive in nature, while interregional were intimately intertwined with the affairs of the Corinthians and the Euboeans. Chapter Five is a case study of epigram 600-480/79 BCE. I argue that the previous networks became less pronounced, but that inscribed epigram evolved in style (literary and material) and theme (particularly public and mini-epinikia - athletic epigram); something of a koine culture of epigram can also begin to be discerned. The results of my research are manifold, highlighting scale - spatial considerations - as an important delineator in how we assess epigram, and 3D dialect, object, script, and literary theme as important signatures that were actively manipulated by commissioners of epigram to communicate messages of local identity and rivalry
The oversubtle maxim chasers : Aristophanes, Euripides, and their Reciprocal Pursuit of Poetic Identity by Donna G Zuckerberg( Book )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Over the period of two decades, the comedian and the tragedian gradually expanded a common repertoire from which they responsively developed variations on the same themes. Each sequence of variations on a theme begins with an Aristophanic running gag mocking a recurring tendency in Euripides' tragedies. Euripides tended to respond to Aristophanes' variations on his themes by embracing and continuing to employ the tropes that Aristophanes had singled out as being characteristically Euripidean. My study focuses primarily on Aristophanes' Acharnians and Thesmophoriazusae and Euripides' Helen and Bacchae. I argue that this exploration of shared thematic material was for both Aristophanes and Euripides an endeavor that was especially productive of their unique brands
Horace and the Greek language: Aspects of literary bilingualism by Adam Gitner( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Each chapter addresses a distinct form of bilingual interaction that has left its mark on Horace's poetry. Chapter 1 ("Splendida Verba: Elevated Borrowings") examines high-style borrowings, including loanwords, calques, and loanshifts. These foreign elements not only extend Horace's semantic range but create oppositions that are central to Latin lyric, such as between proximity and distance, native and foreign, Roman and Greek. Chapter 2 ("Sordida Verba: Ordinary and Colloquial Borrowings") studies borrowings at the lower end of the stylistic spectrum that are valuable for creating sudden shifts in register (tapinosis), describing everyday life, and personifying low-class speakers. Chapter 3 ("Verbis Felicissime Audax: Syntactic Grecisms") studies Greek syntax ("Grecisms") as a form of interference, showing how Horace puts it to use to allude to a foreign presence, elevate his register of speech, and create densely patterned word-images. Finally, Chapter 4 ("Puris Verbis: Purism and the Absence of Greek") studies the suppression of Greek in Horace's poetry, especially his avoidance of code-switching, as a manifestation of linguistic purism
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