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Classical Languages and Linguistics - Concordia University Libraries Recent Acquisitions

Items in Classical Languages and Linguistics (PA) that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 120 days.


  • Frogs and other plays / Aristophanes ; translated with an introduction and notes by Stephen Halliwell
    PA 3877 A2 2016
    Aristophanes is the only surviving representative of Greek Old Comedy, an exuberant form of festival drama which flourished in Athens during the fifth century BC. One of the most original playwrights in the entire Western tradition, his comedies are remarkable for their brilliant combinationof fantasy and satire, their constantly inventive manipulation of language, and their use of absurd characters and plots to expose his society's institutions and values to the bracing challenge of laughter.This vibrant collection of verse translations of Aristophanes' works combines historical accuracy with a sensitive attempt to capture the rich dramatic and literary qualities of Aristophanic comedy. The volume presents Clouds, with its famous caricature of the philosopher Socrates; Women at theThesmophoria (or Thesmophoriazusae), a work which mixes elaborate parody of tragedy with a great deal of transvestite burlesque; and Frogs, in which the dead tragedians Aeschylus and Euripides engage in a vituperative contest of "literary criticism" of each other's plays. Featuring expansiveintroductions to each play and detailed explanatory notes, the volume also includes an illuminating appendix, which provides information and selected fragments from the lost plays of Aristophanes.

  • Horace in his odes / with introduction, notes and vocabulary by J.A. Harrison
    PA 6393 C3 1981

    This selection form Horace's Odes , intended for upper school level, includes 33 poems arranged in the following categories: I Religion, Philosophy and the Shortness of Life (13 poems); II Friends (5 poems); III Love (6 poems); IV The Countryside (4 poems); V The Roman State (5 poems). The Latin text is in each case faced by a short introduction and a line-by-line commentary. A brief introduction to the book covers the life of Horace and his chosen metres.


  • I, the poet : first-person form in Horace, Catullus, and Propertius / Kathleen McCarthy
    PA 6063 M33 2019

  • Language and Authority in <em>De Lingua Latina</em> Varro's Guide to Being Roman / Diana Spencer
    PA 6792 A3S64 2019

  • Pindar, song, and space : toward a lyric archaeology / Richard Neer and Leslie Kurke
    PA 4276 N44 2019

    In this volume, Richard Neer and Leslie Kurke develop a new, integrated approach to classical Greece: a "lyric archaeology" that combines literary and art-historical analysis with archaeological and epigraphic materials. At the heart of the book is the great poet Pindar of Thebes, best known for his magnificent odes in honor of victors at the Olympic Games and other competitions. Unlike the quintessentially personal genre of modern lyric, these poems were destined for public performance by choruses of dancing men. Neer and Kurke go further to show that they were also site-specific: as the dancers moved through the space of a city or a sanctuary, their song would refer to local monuments and landmarks. Part of Pindar's brief, they argue, was to weave words and bodies into elaborate tapestries of myth and geography and, in so doing, to re-imagine the very fabric of the city-state. Pindar's poems, in short, were tools for making sense of space.

    Recent scholarship has tended to isolate poetry, art, and archaeology. But Neer and Kurke show that these distinctions are artificial. Poems, statues, bronzes, tombs, boundary stones, roadways, beacons, and buildings worked together as a "suite" of technologies for organizing landscapes, cityscapes, and territories. Studying these technologies in tandem reveals the procedures and criteria by which the Greeks understood relations of nearness and distance, "here" and "there"--and how these ways of inhabiting space were essentially political.

    Rooted in close readings of individual poems, buildings, and works of art, Pindar, Song, and Space ranges from Athens to Libya, Sicily to Rhodes, to provide a revelatory new understanding of the world the Greeks built--and a new model for studying the ancient world.


  • How to Think about God : An Ancient Guide for Believers and Nonbelievers / Marcus Tullius Cicero ; selected, translated, and introduced by Philip Freeman
    PA 6307 A2F74 2019

    A vivid and accessible new translation of Cicero's influential writings on the Stoic idea of the divine

    Most ancient Romans were deeply religious and their world was overflowing with gods--from Jupiter, Minerva, and Mars to countless local divinities, household gods, and ancestral spirits. One of the most influential Roman perspectives on religion came from a nonreligious belief system that is finding new adherents even today: Stoicism. How did the Stoics think about religion? In How to Think about God , Philip Freeman presents vivid new translations of Cicero's On the Nature of the Gods and The Dream of Scipio . In these brief works, Cicero offers a Stoic view of belief, divinity, and human immortality, giving eloquent expression to the religious ideas of one of the most popular schools of Roman and Greek philosophy.

    On the Nature of the Gods and The Dream of Scipio are Cicero's best-known and most important writings on religion, and they have profoundly shaped Christian and non-Christian thought for more than two thousand years, influencing such luminaries as Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Dante, and Thomas Jefferson. These works reveal many of the religious aspects of Stoicism, including an understanding of the universe as a materialistic yet continuous and living whole in which both the gods and a supreme God are essential elements.

    Featuring an introduction, suggestions for further reading, and the original Latin on facing pages, How to Think about God is a compelling guide to the Stoic view of the divine.


  • Fides in Flavian literature / edited by Antony Augoustakis, Emma Buckley, and Claire Stocks
    PA 6027 F53 2019

    Fides in Flavian Literature explores the ideology of "good faith" ( fides ) during the time of the emperors Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian (69-96 CE), the new imperial dynasty that gained power in the wake of the civil wars of the period. The contributors to this volume consider the significance and semantic range of this Roman value in works that deal in myth, contemporary poetry, and history in both prose and verse. Though it does not claim to offer the comprehensive "last word" on fides in Flavian Rome, the book aims to show that fides in this period was subjected to a particularly striking and special brand of contestation and reconceptualization, used to interrogate the broad cultural changes and anxieties of the Flavian period as well as connect to a republican and imperial past. The editors argue that fides was both a vehicle for reconciliation and a means to test the nature of "good faith" in the wake of a devastating and divisive period in Roman history.


  • Acharnenses. Cum prolegomenis et commentariis edidit J. van Leeuwen
    PA 3875.A6 F01

  • Geschichte der byzantinischen Litteratur von Justinian bis zum Ende des Ostr├Âmischen Reiches, 527-1453
    PA 5110.K7 1970

  • Classicism and Christianity in late antique Latin poetry / Philip Hardie
    PA 6053 H37 2019
    After centuries of near silence, Latin poetry underwent a renaissance in the late fourth and fifth centuries CE evidenced in the works of key figures such as Ausonius, Claudian, Prudentius, and Paulinus of Nola. This period of resurgence marked a milestone in the reception of the classics of late Republican and early imperial poetry. In Classicism and Christianity in Late Antique Latin Poetry, Philip Hardie explores the ways in which poets writing on non-Christian and Christian subjects used the classical traditions of Latin poetry to construct their relationship with Rome's imperial past and present, and with the by now not-so-new belief system of the state religion, Christianity. The book pays particular attention to the themes of concord and discord, the "cosmic sense" of late antiquity, novelty and renouatio , paradox and miracle, and allegory. It is also a contribution to the ongoing discussion of whether there is an identifiably late antique poetics and a late antique practice of intertextuality. Not since Michael Robert's classic The Jeweled Style has a single book had so much to teach about the enduring power of Latin poetry in late antiquity.

  • A handbook of Latin literature from the earliest times to the death of St. Augustine
    PA 6003 R6 1949
Updated: Tuesday 21 January 2020
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