Classics Department

Faculty bookshelf

  • Raucci, S., and Augoustakis, A., Epic Heroes on Screen. Edinburgh, 2019.
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    Epic Heroes on Screen

    Since 2000, numerous heroes of the ancient world have appeared on film and TV, from the mythical Hercules to leaders of the Greek and Roman worlds. Films and shows discussed in this volume range from Hercules and The Legend of Hercules to TV shows, Atlantis and Supernatural, to other biopic works influenced by the ancient hero.

    This is the first collection to look at the most recent manifestations of the ancient hero on screen. It brings together a range of perspectives on twenty-first century cinematic representations of heroes and antiheroes from the ancient world.

  • Raucci, S., and Dolansky, F., Rome: A Sourcebook on the Ancient City. London, 2018.
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    The ancient city of Rome was the site of daily activities as well as famous historical events. It was not merely a backdrop, but rather an active part of the experiences of its inhabitants, shaping their actions and infusing them with meaning. During each period in Rome’s imperial history, her emperors also used the city as a canvas to be painted on, transforming it according to their own ideals or ambitions.

    Rather than being organized by sites or monuments, Rome: A Sourcebook on the Ancient City is divided into thematic chapters. At the intersection of topography and socio-cultural history, this volume examines the cultural and social significance of the sites of ancient Rome from the end of the Republic in the age of Cicero and Julius Caesar, to the end of the fourth century. Drawing on literary and historical sources, this is not simply a tour of the baths and taverns, the amphitheatres and temples of ancient Rome, but rather a journey through the city that is fully integrated with Roman society.

  • Raucci, S., Elegiac Eyes: Vision in Roman Love Elegy. New York, 2011.
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    Elegiac Eyes is an in-depth examination of vision and spectacle in Roman love elegy. It approaches vision from the perspective of Roman cultural modes of viewing and locates its analysis in close textual readings of Tibullus, Propertius, and Ovid. The paradoxical nature of the Roman eyes, which according to contemporary optical theories were able to penetrate and be penetrated, as well as the complex role of vision in society, provided the elegists with a productive canvas for their poems. By locating the elegists’ visual games within their contemporary context, Elegiac Eyes demonstrates how the elegists were manipulating notions that were specifically Roman and familiar to their readership.

  • Gazzarri, T., Seneca. De Brevitate Vitae. Milan, 2010.

    (ed., trans. and comment.)

    Seneca. De Brevitate Vitae. Classici Greci e Latini. Milan (Mondadori) 2010.

    Tra i dialoghi filosofici più famosi di Seneca, il “De brevitate vitae” venne composto probabilmente tra il 49 e il 55 d.C. ed è dedicato a Paolino, da identificarsi forse con il suocero del filosofo: un uomo dunque sufficientemente maturo per comprendere e apprezzare la profondità del messaggio senecano. Il tema trattato è di quelli che rimangono di perenne attualità: la fugacità del tempo e la brevità della vita. Che però, sostiene Seneca, appare tale solo a chi, non sapendone afferrare la vera essenza, si disperde in mille futili occupazioni. Di fronte a questa massa di occupati, “assediati” dalle proprie inutili attività, Seneca propone il suo modello umano, il saggio che si dedica all’otium, vivendo in prima persona l’alternativa etica alla società violenta dell’epoca neroniana e trovando nella riflessione filosofica il metodo per ristabilire l’equilibrio morale e recuperare la salute dello spirito; la conoscenza di sé diventa così il punto di partenza per dare un significato nuovo al proprio agire nel mondo e al suo valore sociale. Riappropriarsi del proprio tempo vuol dire dunque rivendicare con forza il diritto di riappropriarsi di se stessi, esercitando la forma più alta di libertà, di esperienza culturale e intellettuale, di una socialità che affratella gli uomini.

  • Gazzarri, T., Poenulus e Truculentus. Milan, 2015.

    (ed., trans. and comment.)

    Plauto. Poenulus e Truculentus. Classici Greci e Latini. Milan (Mondadori) 2015.

    Attraverso le vicende del cartaginese Smerciato, rapito e venduto come schiavo da bambino e al centro di una complicata vicenda di eredità, amori, trucchi e agnizioni, la commedia Poenulus, “il Cartaginesino”, introduce nel teatro plautino uno spunto di riflessione sull’umanità del nemico, sul significato della presenza dell'”altro”, poiché nessuno più dei Cartaginesi incarnava per il pubblico romano i connotati dello “straniero”. Al centro del “Truculentus” c’è invece una scaltra cortigiana, Frinetta, che riesce a circuire i suoi tre amanti e si rivela uno dei più antichi esempi letterari di “femme fatale”. Ad accomunare le due commedie è il tema della guerra (le guerre puniche in particolare) e dei profondi cambiamenti socio-culturali che ne sono derivati. Le figure marginali nella Roma repubblicana, lo straniero e la donna, divengono in queste tarde opere plautine protagoniste, a testimonianza di come Plauto seppe affrontare anche le scottanti questioni poste dalla Storia sulla scena romana a lui contemporanea.

  • Mueller, H.-F., Greek 101: Learning an Ancient Language. 2016.

    Ancient Greek is a language like no other. It records an astonishing array of great works in different genres, stretching across a thousand years of history. Homer, the most influential poet ever, recited in the matchless cadences of the epic literary Greek dialect. The Apostle Paul, the Four Evangelists, and the other authors of the New Testament also left their accounts in Greek, using Koine, the beautifully clear conversational Greek spoken in the eastern Mediterranean of their day. Likewise, Sappho, Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Plato, Demosthenes, and many other ancient authors wrote in Greek, each with a distinct style that makes their individual voices live across the centuries.

  • Mueller, H-F., Roman Religion in Valerius Maximus. London, 2012.

    Valerius Maximus was an indefatigable collector of historical anecdotes illustrating vice and virtue. His Memorable Deeds and Sayings are unparalleled as a source for the opinions of Romans in the early empire on a vast range of subjects. Mueller focuses on what Valerius can tell us about contemporary Roman attitudes to religion, attacking several orthodoxies along the way. He argues that Roman religion could be deeply emotional. That it was possible to believe passionately in the divinity of the emperor – even when, like Tiberius, he was still alive – and that Rome’s gods and religious rituals had an important role in fostering conventional morality.

  • Mueller, H.-F. (trans.), and Mehl, A. (aut.), Roman Historiography: An Introduction to its Basic Aspects and Development. Malden, 2011.

    (Wiley-Blackwell). 2011.
    Roman Historiography: An Introduction to its Basic Aspects and Development presents a comprehensive introduction to the development of Roman historical writings in both Greek and Latin, from the early annalists to Orosius and Procopius of Byzantium.

    * Provides an accessible survey of every historical writer of significance in the Roman world
    * Traces the growth of Christian historiography under the influence of its pagan adversaries
    * Offers valuable insight into current scholarly trends on Roman historiography
    * Includes a user-friendly bibliography, catalog of authors and editions, and index

  • Mueller, H.-F., (ed.), and Gibbon, E., (aut.), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. 2005.

    (Modern Library Classics), 2005.
    Gibbon’s masterpiece, which narrates the history of the Roman Empire from the second century a.d. to its collapse in the west in the fifth century and in the east in the fifteenth century, is widely considered the greatest work of history ever written. This abridgment retains the full scope of the original, but in a compass equivalent to a long novel. Casual readers now have access to the full sweep of Gibbon’s narrative, while instructors and students have a volume that can be read in a single term. This unique edition emphasizes elements ignored in all ot

  • Mueller, H.-F., Caesar: Selections from his Commentarii De Bello Gallico. Mundelein, IL, 2013.

    This text provides unadapted Latin passages from the Commentarii De Bello Gallico: Book 1.1 7; Book 4.24 35 and the first sentence of Chapter 36; Book 5.24 48; Book 6.13 20 and the English of Books 1, 6, and 7 It includes all the required English and Latin selections from Caesar’s De Bello Gallico for the 2012-2013 AP* Curriculum. Features: Introduction includes historical context, an overview of the Roman army, and Caesar as General, Politician, and Writer Latin text accompanied by same-page notes (grammatical, literary, historical, contextual) Same-page running vocabulary Pull-out vocabulary Complete Latin-English glossary Online grammatical appendix Select bibliography Eight newly-created maps 19 black-and-white illustrations Appendix: Figures of Speech

  • Mueller, H.-F., and Williams, R., Caesar: A Legamus Transitional Reader. Mundelein, IL, 2013.

    36 Lectures.

    1. Pronouncing Classical Latin 2. Introduction to Third-Conjugation Verbs 3. Introduction to the Subjunctive Mood 4. The Irregular Verbs Sum and Possum 5. Introduction to Third-Declension Nouns 6. Third-Declension Neuter Nouns 7. First- and Second-Declension Adjectives 8. First- and Second-Declension Nouns 9. Introduction to the Passive Voice 10. Third -io and Fourth-Conjugation Verbs 11. First- and Second-Conjugation Verbs 12. Reading a Famous Latin Love Poem 13. The Present Passive of All Conjugations 14. Third-Declension Adjectives 15. Third-Declension I-Stem Nouns 16. The Relative Pronoun 17. The Imperfect and Future Tenses 18. Building Translation Skills 19. Using the Subjunctive Mood 20. Demonstrative Adjectives and Pronouns 21. The Perfect Tense Active System 22. Forming and Using Participles 23. Using the Infinitive 24. Reading a Passage from Caesar 25. The Perfect Tense Passive System 26. Deponent Verbs 27. Conditional Sentences 28. Cum Clauses and Stipulations 29. Reading Excerpts from Roman Law 30. Interrogative Adjectives and Pronouns 31. Fourth- and Fifth-Declension Nouns 32. Gerunds and Gerundives 33. Counting in Latin 34. More on Irregular Verbs 35. Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs 36. Next Steps in Reading Latin.

  • Mueller, H.-F., Latin 101: Learning a Classical Language. 2013.

    Lectures

    1. Pronouncing Classical Latin 2Introduction to Third-Conjugation Verbs 3. Introduction to the Subjunctive Mood 4. The Irregular Verbs Sum and Possum 5. Introduction to Third-Declension Nouns 6. Third-Declension Neuter Nouns 7. First- and Second-Declension Adjectives 8. First- and Second-Declension Nouns 9. Introduction to the Passive Voice 10. Third -io and Fourth-Conjugation Verbs 11. First- and Second-Conjugation Verbs 12. Reading a Famous Latin Love Poem 13. The Present Passive of All Conjugations 14. Third-Declension Adjectives 15. Third-Declension I-Stem Nouns 16. The Relative Pronoun 17. The Imperfect and Future Tenses 18. Building Translation Skills 19. Using the Subjunctive Mood 20. Demonstrative Adjectives and Pronouns 21. The Perfect Tense Active System 22. Forming and Using Participles 23. Using the Infinitive 24. Reading a Passage from Caesar 25. The Perfect Tense Passive System 26. Deponent Verbs 27. Conditional Sentences 28. Cum Clauses and Stipulations 29. Reading Excerpts from Roman Law 30. Interrogative Adjectives and Pronouns 31. Fourth- and Fifth-Declension Nouns 32. Gerunds and Gerundives 33. Counting in Latin 34. More on Irregular Verbs 35. Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs 36. Next Steps in Reading Latin

  • Commito, A., and Ratté, C., The Countryside of Aphrodisias. Ann Arbor, 2017.

    Aphrodisias is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Greek and Roman periods in Turkey. Excavations at Aphrodisias have been carried out by New York University since 1961 and have revealed an unusually well-preserved and picturesque ancient town. A survey of the surrounding territory undertaken between 2005 and 2009 resulted in the discovery of hundreds of new sites spanning three millennia of human occupation in the region. This book presents the rich archaeological remains of the countryside of Aphrodisias, ranging from isolated farmsteads to fortified citadels, from burial mounds to marble quarries, and from Roman aqueducts to Ottoman cisterns.

  • Toher, M., The Life of Augustus and The Autobiography: Edited with Introduction, Translations and Historical Commentary. Cambridge, 2017.

    Nicolaus of Damascus, the chief minister of Herod the Great, was an exact contemporary of the first Roman emperor Augustus; he spent considerable time in Roman society and knew Augustus. The extensive remains of his Bios Kaisaros contain the earliest and most detailed account of the conspiracy against Julius Caesar and his assassination. The Bios also presents the most extensive account of the boyhood and early development of Augustus. This edition presents the Greek text and translation of the Bios and Nicolaus’ autobiography, along with a historical and historiographical commentary.

  • Toher, M., Between Republic and Empire: Interpretations of Augustus and His Principate. 1990.

    Representing five major areas of Augustan scholarship—historiography, poetry, art, religion, and politics—the nineteen contributors to this volume bring us closer to a balanced, up-to-date account of Augustus and his principate.

  • Toher, M., Georgica: Studies in Honor of George Cawkwell. London, 1991.

    Mark Toher

    Georgica: Studies in Honor of George Cawkwell. (London, 1991) [with M.A. Flower].