Edward M. Harris and Mirko Canevaro (eds)
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The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Law is a general introduction to the law and legal procedure of Greece from the Archaic period to the Roman conquest. The handbook provides a reliable survey of the evidence and a critical evaluation of recent trends in scholarship. Among the contributors are some of the foremost experts in the field. It covers all aspects of ancient Greek law and the major topics of scholarly debate and reviews the status of the available evidence, especially the epigraphical material. As a whole, the handbook offers new perspectives, while at the same time discussing important avenues for future research. The volume attempts to do justice to the local features of the legal system of the numerous Greek city-states, while at the same time outlining the general legal principles that bound the Greek cities together. Some chapters examine individual poleis (Athens, Sparta, Gortyn, Ptolemaic Egypt), whole others are devoted to comparative studies of specific topics in the field: constitutional law, citizenship, marriage law, control of magistrates, law and economy, slavery and manumission, interstate relations, and amnesties aimed at ending stasis. Several chapters also examine the connection between law and political philosophy in the ancient Greek world. Each chapter starts by placing the topic within the larger historical context, then provides an overview of the evidence and methodological issues, detailed discussion of major topcis, and a critical evaluation of recent trends in scholarship.
Esther Eidinow and Julia Kindt (eds)
This handbook offers both students and teachers of ancient Greek religion a comprehensive overview of the current state of scholarship on ancient Greek religion from the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods. Each chapter provides not only key information about its subject but also reflection on the developments in the scholarship in that area, with a special focus on current problems and debates. The range of contributions emphasizes the diversity of relationships between mortals and the supernatural in all their manifestations, embracing both ‘religion’ and ‘magic’, from across, between, and beyond ancient Greek cultures. It draws attention to religious activities as dynamic, highlighting how they changed over time, place, and context. The general overview of topics is supplemented by tangible case studies, making this handbook an indispensable tool for further study.
Gordon Lindsay Campbell (ed.)
The Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life encompasses all aspects of animals in the ancient world, with authoritative chapters on 33 topics by the leading scholars in their fields. It provides an introduction to and a survey of each topic and also gives guidance on further reading for those who would like to study the area in more depth. Both the realities of animals and more theoretical aspects are covered, beginning with ‘Aesop and Animal Fables’, ‘Animals in Classical Art’, and ‘Animals in Comedy’, and continuing through ‘Domestication of Animals’, ‘Animal Husbandry and Farming’, ‘Pets’, and ‘Fauna of the Ancient Mediterranean’, among other aspects of human–animal interaction. More abstract and philosophical topics are also addressed, including ‘Animal Communication’, ‘Ancient Ideas on the Origin of Species’, ‘Wondrous Animals in Classical Antiquity’, and ‘Philosophical Vegetarianism and Animal Entitlements’. These are just a few of the chapters. The scope of the handbook is huge, and will provide the reader with much food for thought: as Claude Lévi-Strauss said, and as the author of the chapter on animals on comedy notes, animals are good to think with. The study of animals in the ancient world has been undergoing a boom in recent years, and the handbook reflects the cutting edge of modern scholarship.
Robin Cormack, John F. Haldon, and Elizabeth Jeffreys (eds)
This book presents discussions by experts on all significant aspects of Byzantine Studies. Byzantine Studies deals with the history and culture of the Byzantine Empire, the eastern half of the Late Roman Empire, from the fourth to the fourteenth century. Its centre was the city formerly known as Byzantium, refounded as Constantinople in 324
Judith Evans Grubbs and Tim Parkin (eds)
In thirty chapters, The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World presents current research in a wide range of topics on ancient childhood, including sub-disciplines of Classics that rarely appear in collections on the family or childhood such as archaeology and ancient medicine. Contributors include some of the foremost experts in the field and younger, up-and-coming scholars. Unlike most edited volumes on childhood or the family in antiquity, this collection also gives attention to the late antique period and whether (or how) conceptions of childhood and the life of children changed with Christianity. The chronological spread runs from archaic Greece to the later Roman Empire (fifth century C.E.). Geographical areas covered include not only classical Greece and Roman Italy, but also the eastern Mediterranean.
Wiebke Denecke, Wai-Yee Li, and Xiaofei Tian (eds)
This handbook of Classical Chinese literature from 1000 bce through 900 ce aims to provide a solid introduction to the field, inspire scholars in Chinese Studies to explore innovative conceptual frameworks and pedagogical approaches in the studying and teaching of classical Chinese literature, and facilitate a comparative dialogue with scholars of premodern East Asia and other classical and medieval literary traditions around the world. The handbook integrates issue-oriented, thematic, topical, and cross-cultural approaches to the classical Chinese literary heritage with historical perspectives. It introduces both literature and institutions of literary culture, in particular court culture and manuscript culture, which shaped early and medieval Chinese literary production. It problematizes the gap between traditional concepts and modern revisionary definitions of literary categories and fosters critical awareness of how this has shaped the transmission and reception of literature and literary history. It discusses both canonical works and works that fall between the cracks of modern disciplinary divisions of “philosophy,” “religion,” “history,” and “literature.” Adopting a thematic approach, it traces the trajectory of ideas and motifs articulated across different genres, periods, and cultural spheres and lays the groundwork for comparisons with other literary cultures. Finally, it places early and medieval China in its regional context by including chapters on translation, on cultural interactions with the Northwestern regions, and on the literatures produced in Korea, Japan, and Vietnam in Literary Chinese, recapturing the functioning of the East Asian Sinographic Sphere.
Karen Radner and Eleanor Robson (eds)
The cuneiform script, the writing system of ancient Mesopotamia, was witness to one of the world's oldest literate cultures. For over three millennia, it was the vehicle of communication from (at its greatest extent) Iran to the Mediterranean, Anatolia to Egypt. The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture examines the Ancient Middle East through the lens of cuneiform writing. The contributors, a mix of scholars from across the disciplines, explore, define, and to some extent look beyond the boundaries of the written word, using Mesopotamia's clay tablets and stone inscriptions not just as ‘texts’ but also as material artifacts that offer much additional information about their creators, readers, users, and owners.
Gunther Martin (ed.)
As a speechwriter, orator, and politician, Demosthenes captured, embodied, and shaped his time. He was a key player in Athens in the twilight of the city’s independence, and today he is a primary source for her history and society in that period. The Oxford Handbook of Demosthenes sets out to explore the many facets of the man’s life, work, and time. It gives particular weight to elucidating the setting and the contexts of his activity and some key themes that the speeches deal with. It thereby illustrates the interplay and mutual influence between the rhetoric and the environment from which it emerged. In this way the handbook is an up-to-date reference to issues and problems one encounters when approaching the speeches: it showcases the role that Demosthenes’ presentation of his world has had for our view of it and how Athenian reality in turn influenced the speeches, as it formed the backdrop to which the rhetoric had to adapt. Thirty-five experts contribute to explore and enrich our knowledge of one of the most prominent figures of ancient Greece and the masterpieces he left. Their wide range of expertise and the different scholarly traditions they represent make this book a demonstration of the richness and diversity of current Demosthenic studies.
John Peter Oleson (ed.)
The Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World highlights both the accomplishments of the ancient societies and remaining research problems, and stimulates further progress in the history of ancient technology. The subject matter of the book is the technological framework of the Greek and Roman cultures from ca. 800
Phillip Mitsis (ed.)
The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus (340–271 bce), though often despised for his materialism, hedonism, and denial of the immortality of the soul, has at the same time been an ongoing source of inspiration for a great variety of subsequent philosophers, poets, and political thinkers. This volume offers authoritative discussions of all aspects of Epicurus’s philosophy and then traces out some of its most important later influences throughout the Western intellectual tradition. Epicurean arguments are carefully placed in their ancient and subsequent intellectual contexts, thus offering readers the opportunity of measuring them against a wide range of opponents—from Platonists, Aristotelians, and Stoics, to Hegel and Nietzsche, and finally on to such influential contemporary philosophers as Thomas Nagel, Bernard Williams, and Jacques Derrida. The volume offers separate and detailed discussions of two fascinating and ongoing sources of Epicurean arguments, the Herculaneum papyri and the inscription of Diogenes of Oenoanda, both of which are continually enriching our understanding of Epicureanism. Contributors have been able to make ample use of this new evidence in presenting the most current understanding of Epicurus’s own views. By the same token, the second half of the volume is devoted to the extraordinary influence of Epicurean doctrines, often either neglected or misunderstood, in literature, political thought, scientific innovation, and in philosophy generally. Taken together, the contributions in this volume offer the most comprehensive and detailed account of Epicurus and Epicureanism available in English.