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Author: Elaine Fantham

Title: Roman Readings

Subtitle: Roman Response to Greek Literature from Plautus to Statius and Quintilian

Place: Berlin and New York

Publisher: De Gruyter

Year: 2011

Pages: xvii + 634pp.

Series: Beiträge zur Altertumskunde 277

ISBN-13: 9783110229332 (hardcover) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9783110229349 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Ancient History: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome | Offenders: Punishments; Representations: Literary Texts / Ancient Greek Literature



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Author: Elaine Fantham, Department of Classics, Princeton UniversityAuthor's Personal Website, Wikipedia


  Introduction (p. vii)
  I Comedy and Sexuality
  1. Act 4 of the Menaechmi: Plautus and His Original (p. 1)
  2. The Madman and the Doctor (p. 15)
  3. Philemon’s Thesauros as a Dramatization of Peripatetic Ethics (p. 32)
  4. Heautontimoroumenos and Adelphoe : A Study of Fatherhood in Terence and Menander (p. 51)
  5. Sex, Status and Survival in Hellenistic Athens: A Study of Women in New Comedy (p. 79)
  6. Stuprum: Public Attitudes and Penalties for Sexual Offences in Republican Rome (p. 115)
  7a. Domina-tricks, or How to Construct a Good Whore from a Bad One (p. 144)
  7b. Women of the Demi-Monde and Sisterly Solidarity in the Cistellaria (p. 157)
  7c. Maidens in Other-Land, or Broads Abroad: Plautus’ Poenulae (p. 176)
  8. Terence and the Familiarization of Comedy (p. 195)
  9. Roman Experience of Menander in the Late Republic and Early Empire (p. 215)
  10. Mime: The Missing Link in Roman Literary History (p. 228)
  II Rhetoric and Literary culture
  11. Imitation and Evolution: The Discussion of Rhetorical Imitation in Cicero De oratore 2.87–97 and Some Related Problems in Ciceronian Theory (p. 243)
  12. Imitation and Decline: Rhetorical Theory and Practice in the First Century AD (p. 265)
  13. Orator and/et Actor (p. 285)
  14. Disowning and Dysfunction in the Declamatory Family (p. 302)
  15. Quintilian on the Uses and Methods of Declamation (p. 320)
  16. The Concept of Nature and Human Nature in Quintilian’s Psychology and Theory of Instruction (p. 331)
  17. The Synchronistic Chapter of Gellius (N.A. 17.21) and Some Aspects of Roman Chronology and Cultural History Between 60 and 50 BCE (p. 343)
  III Ovid’s Narrative Poem, the Fasti
  18. Sexual Comedy in Ovid’s Fasti : Sources and Motivation (p. 359)
  19. The role of Evander in Ovid’s Fasti (p. 393)
  20. Ceres, Liber and Flora: Georgic and Anti-Georgic Elements in Ovid’s Fasti (p. 409)
  21. The Fasti as a Source for Women’s Participation in Roman Cult (p. 430)
  IV Passion and Civil War in Roman Tragedy and Epic: Seneca, Lucan and Statius
  22. Andromache’s Child in Euripides and Seneca (p. 457)
  23. Statius’ Achilles, and His Trojan Model (p. 475)
  24. Incest and Fratricide in Seneca’s Phoenissae (p. 482)
  25. Caesar and the Mutiny: Lucan’s Reshaping of the Historical Tradition in De Bello Civili 5.237–373 (p. 502)
  26. Religio … dira loci : Two Passages in Lucan De Bello Civili 3 and Their Relation to Virgil’s Rome and Latium (p. 519)
  27. The Angry Poet and the Angry Gods: Problems of Theodicy in Lucan’s Epic of Defeat (p. 535)
  28. Discordia fratrum : Aspects of Lucan’s Conception of Civil War (p. 559)
  29. Statius’ Thebaid and the Genesis of Hatred (p. 577)
  30. The Perils of Prophecy: Statius’ Amphiaraus and His Literary Antecedents (p. 607)
  31. Chironis exemplum : On Teachers and Surrogate Fathers in Achilleid and Silvae (p. 624)

Description: »This volume presents closely connected articles by Elaine Fantham, which deal with Roman responses to Greek literature on three major subjects: the history and criticism of Latin poetry and rhetoric, women in Roman life and dramatic poetry and the poetic representation of children in relation to their mothers and teachers. The volume opens with papers on Roman comedy: Menaechmi, Trinummus, Hautontimorumenos, papers on women of the demimonde in Truculentus and Eunuchus, Cistellaria and Poenulus. The second part deals with rhetoric, including the subject of imitation as a stylistic feature, the study of performance comparing oratory and comedy and of declamation. Papers on Ovid's Fasti include a study of failed rape-scenes and papers concerned with women's cults. The last part (Senecan tragedy, Lucan, Statius) focuses on Lucan's Civil War and his treatment of Caesar as well as Statius' Thebaid and Achilleid.« (Source: De Gruyter)

Reprints of:

Fantham, Elaine. »Sex, Status, and Survival in Hellenistic Athens: A Study of Women in New Comedy.« Phoenix 29 (1975): 44-74. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

Fantham, Elaine. »Stuprum: Public Attitudes and Penalties for Sexual Offences in Republican Rome.« Echos du Monde Classique 35 (1991): 267-291. – Bibliographic Entry: Info


Chinn, Christopher. The Classical Review 62(2) (October 2012): 482-484. – Full Text: Cambridge University Press (Restricted Access)

Marshall, Adam. Bryn Mawr Classical Review (July 2012). – Full Text: Bryn Mawr Classical Review (Free Access)

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