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Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health.

adj. possessing the ability to respond to a stimulus. The cells of the retina, for example, are sensitive to the stimulus of light and respond by sending nerve impulses to the...

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Mos, maiores, and historical exempla in Cicero

Henriette van der Blom.

in Cicero's Role Models

July 2010; p ublished online September 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 3852 words.

Moving from the place and function of mos maiorum and maiores in Roman culture generally, this chapter looks specifically at Cicero's understanding and employment of the ancestors and their...

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Mesomedes’ Hymn to the Sun

Stelios Psaroudakes.

in Music, Text, and Culture in Ancient Greece

March 2018; p ublished online April 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 4602 words.

This chapter investigates the relationship between the lyrics and the music of Mesomedes’ Hymn to the Sun. There are many instances of word painting in music. The chapter argues that...

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The Other Virgil

Craig Kallendorf.

October 2007; p ublished online January 2008 .

Book. Subjects: Classical Literature. 272 pages.

This book tells the story of how a classic like the Aeneid can say different things to different people. As a school text it was generally taught to support the values and ideals of a...

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Ariadne in Catullus 64

REBECCA ARMSTRONG.

in Cretan Women

February 2006; p ublished online January 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 13193 words.

This chapter focuses on the depiction of Ariadne in Catullus 64. Catullus' sixty-fourth poem is an extraordinary work, which takes the form of the Hellenistic epyllion, already a subtly...

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Upending

Ben Tipping.

in Exemplary Epic

May 2010; p ublished online September 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 2968 words.

This chapter summarizes the arguments presented in the book. The book began with the assertion that the Punica should be the Roman epic. In so doing, it provided an instance of a text taken...

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Arduum ad astra

Steven J. Green.

in Forgotten Stars

March 2011; p ublished online May 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 7770 words.

This chapter provides a ‘student-centred’ reading of Manilius’ Astronomica. By focussing on the difficulties faced by the ‘model student’ in the course of this didactic lesson, as well as...

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Lucian and Archilochus, or: How to Make Use of the Ancient Iambographers in the Context of the Second Sophistic

Heinz-Günther Nesselrath.

in Hesperos

October 2007; p ublished online February 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 4794 words.

Lucian's pamphlet ‘The Mistaken Critic, or: On the nefarious day’ is one of the most vitriolic pieces of invective in ancient Greek literature. The enemy that Lucian demolishes in this...

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Further Receptions of Vergil’s Aeneid

Alexander Riddiford.

in Madly after the Muses

March 2013; p ublished online May 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 7442 words.

The two texts considered here, The Anglo-Saxon and the Hindu (1854) and the embryonic ‘national epic’ Siṃhal-bijay kābya (c.1861), show a close engagement with Vergil’s Aeneid. Although...

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‘For freedom's sake…’: motivation in the Ionian Revolt (Books V–VI)

Emily Baragwanath.

in Motivation and Narrative in Herodotus

May 2008; p ublished online September 2008 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 17731 words.

In this chapter the Athenians' idealistic expression of 8.144—with its slogans of ‘freedom’ and ‘Greek unity’ (to Hellênikon)—introduces a discussion of these key ideal motives and the role...

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Seen, not Heard: Feminea Lingua in Ovid's Fasti and the Critical Gaze

Peter Mark Keegan.

in Ovid's Fasti

October 2002; p ublished online September 2007 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 8903 words.

This chapter tests the degree to which the Fasti is immersed in and co-opted by the prevailing masculinist culture of its time, and compares interpretations of modern critics examining...

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The Lover as Poet

Ruth Rothaus Caston.

in The Elegiac Passion

September 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 13427 words.

Chapter 5 examines the role of readers, both those internal and external to the poems. In a number of key elegies, the narrator’s rival is another love poet, and so a more sensitive reader...

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Statius

Winthrop Wetherbee.

in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

January 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 11841 words.

This chapter briefly describes the Thebaid and Achilleid, and reviews the scant evidence of Statius' presence in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. The growth of a commentary...

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prose-rhythm, Latin

Jonathan G. F. Powell.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Literature. 1516 words.

In the classical period, the Roman ear was clearly sensitive to patterns of quantity in formal spoken prose. An effective rhythm could provoke spontaneous applause (Cic. Or. 214). Doubtless...

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Relapse

Hunter H. Gardner.

in Pestilence and the Body Politic in Latin Literature

July 2019; p ublished online August 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 15815 words.

The seventh chapter of this project examines the transmission of Roman plague in literary and visual arts, beginning with the early Christian period and proceeding up through the present...

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In Search of Lost Time and Pompeii

Francesca Spiegel.

in Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today

November 2011; p ublished online April 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 5426 words.

Towards the end of Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu (‘In Search of Lost Time’; hereafter referred to as Recherche) is an image of Pompeii functioning as a symbolic comparison with...

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Theomachy as Test in Ovid's Metamorphoses

Pramit Chaudhuri.

in The War with God

April 2014; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature. 17144 words.

This chapter examines the role of religious belief in the theomachic episodes of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. It offers a series of close readings of different types of challenge to the gods...

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Aristotle's Philosophy of Mind

Pavel Gregoric.

in Classics

P ublished online September 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Studies; Classical Art and Architecture; Classical History; Classical Literature; Classical Philosophy. 13839 words.

It is somewhat anachronistic to speak of Aristotle’s philosophy of mind, since he does not operate with our concept of mind and does not share our focus on questions concerning...

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Conclusion

Koen De Temmerman.

in Crafting Characters

February 2014; p ublished online April 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature; Classical Literature. 6996 words.

The conclusion summarizes the main strands of chapters 1—5 and builds a number of overarching arguments regarding characterization in the five extant ancient Greek novels (while always...

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Myths on the Map

Edited by Greta Hawes.

June 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Book. Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World; Classical Literature. 352 pages.

The spatial turn in the humanities has fuelled new ways of thinking about landscape as a lived environment which is radically affected by human hands and human minds, and which radically...

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Ovid's Homer

Barbara Boyd.

December 2017; p ublished online December 2017 .

Book. Subjects: Classical Literature; Classical History. 320 pages.

This book is the first extended modern study of the Latin poet Ovid’s Homeric intertextuality. Ovid’s relationship with the Homeric poems is shown to be neither occasional nor simply...

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