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The Afterlife of Virgil


BICS Supplement 136 (published 2017)

The Afterlife of Virgil

Edited by Peter Mack and John North

Virgil has always been copied, studied, imitated, and revered as perhaps the greatest poet of the Latin language. He has been centrally important to the transmission of the classical tradition, and has played a unique role in European education. In recognition of the richness of his reception, the fourth conference in the joint Warburg Institute and Institute of Classical Studies series on the afterlife of the Classics was devoted to the afterlife of Virgil.

 This volume focuses on the reception of the Eclogues and the Aeneid in three main areas: Italian Renaissance poetry, scholarship, and visual art; English responses to Virgil’s poetry; and emerging literatures in Eastern Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Contributors are Giulia Perucchi, M. Elisabeth Schwab, Clementina Marsico, David Quint, Marilena Caciorgna, Maté Vince, Hanna Paulouskaya, Tim Markey, Charles Martindale, and Francesca Bortoletti.

BICS Supplement 136   ISBN: 978-1-905670-65-9

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The Afterlife of Cicero






BICS Supplement 135 (published 2016)

The Afterlife of Cicero

Edited by Gesine Manuwald

This book presents twelve case studies on the reception of Cicero, one of the most prolific and productive figures from ancient Rome, active as both a politician and a writer. Scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds discuss artistic and literary responses to Cicero, as well as his exploitation in philosophical and political debates; their papers range from thirteenth-century Italy to nineteenth-century England, including colonial Latin America. Taken together, these studies illustrate how the wide-ranging activities, interests, and writings of the historical Cicero colour his reception: his afterlife is one of the most varied of any classical author.

BICS Supplement 135   ISBN: 978-1-905670-64-2

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Wealth in the Ancient World


BICS Supplement 133 (published 2016)

Studies on Wealth in the Ancient World

Edited by Errietta M.A. Bissa and Federico Santangelo

In this volume, seven authors offer distinctive insights into overarching issues in the study of wealth across the Greco-Roman worlds: the sources and maintenance of wealth; the implications for differently organised societies of the division between wealthy and impoverished individuals and groups; and the moral implications of that divide. Some papers address general methodological issues and engage with scholarly debates in sociology and economic theory; others focus on specific historical problems and clusters of evidence. Taken together, the papers open up new perspectives on wealth in the ancient world, its complex relationship with power, and the tensions and contradictions it entails.

BICS Supplement 133   ISBN: 978-1-905670-62-8

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Space in Greek Tragedy

BICS Supplement 131 (published 2016)

Space in Greek Tragedy

By Vassiliki Kampourelli

This study illuminates the ways in which space contributes to the creation of meaning in Greek tragedy. Drawing widely on the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, it analyses the interaction between different types of space across the tragic corpus. This provides a frame of reference for the detailed studies in the second half of the book, which focus on the ways in which space generates meaning in Persae, Hippolytus, and Philoctetes.

BICS Supplement 131    ISBN: 978-1-905670-61-1

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Afterlife of Ovid

BICS Supplement 130 (published 21 May 2015)

The Afterlife of Ovid

Edited by Peter Mack and John North

Ovid was the most influential and widely imitated of all classical Latin poets. This volume publishes papers delivered at a conference on the Reception of Ovid in March 2013, jointly organised by the Institute of Classical Studies and the Warburg Institute, University of London.  

It presents studies of the impact of Ovid’s work on Renaissance commentators, on neo-Latin poetry and epistolography, on Renaissance engravers, on poets like Dante, Mantuan, Pontano, Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser, Lodge, Weever, Milton and Cowley and on artists including Correggio and Rubens.  

The main focus of the volume is inevitably the afterlife of the Metamorphoses but it also includes discussions of the impact of Heroides, Fasti, and Ibis, and publishes for the first time a Latin verse life of Ovid composed around 1460 by Bernardo Moretti.  

Contributors are Hélène Casanova-Robin, Frank T. Coulson, Fátima Diez-Plazas, Ingo Gildenhard, Philip Hardie, Maggie Kilgour, Gesine Manuwald, Elizabeth McGrath, John Miller, Victoria Moul, Caroline Stark, and Hérica Valladares.

BICS Supplement 130    ISBN  978-1-905670-60-4 xii + 238 pp, b+w and colour images, index

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Classics in Practice

BICS Supplement 128 (published 1 May 2015)

Classics in Practice. Studies in the history of scholarship

Edited by Christopher Stray and Graham Whitaker

This special Bulletin Supplement contains seven essays which deepen and extend our knowledge of classical reception and the history of scholarship. Two of them deal with books: John Davies examines a little-known life of the tyrant Agathocles of Syracuse published in the 1660s in which the more recent ‘tyrant’, Oliver Cromwell, is targeted, while Christian Flow surveys the agendas and self-images of Latin lexicographers from the Estiennes in the sixteenth century to the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, still in progress.  

Three essays are devoted to classical journals: Graham Whitaker surveys German nineteenth-century periodicals in relation to F. A. Wolf’s conception of Alterthumswissenschaft; Ward Briggs gives an account of The American Journal of Philology and of its founding editor Basil Gildersleeve; drawing on previously unpublished correspondence, Christopher Stray describes the controversy between W. S. Watt and Shackleton Bailey over their editing of Cicero’s letters, as played out in the pages of the Classical Review and the Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society. Two essays focus on the classical scholarship of African-Americans: Kenneth Goings and Eugene O’Connor tell the story of the rise of classical programmes in US black colleges, together with the funding difficulties and prejudice that such programmes faced, while Michele Valerie Ronnick provides a survey of writings on classics by scholars of African descent from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. 

The range of these essays is wide, covering 500 years, and dealing with scholarly production in Britain, Germany, the USA and elsewhere.

BICS Supplement 128    ISBN  978-1-905670-57-4 vi + 188 pp, b+w images, index

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BICS Supplement 125 (published 1 May 2015)

Emotions between Greece and Rome

Edited by Douglas Cairns and Laurel Fulkerson

Emotion in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds is now an established field of research in classical studies, but so far scholars have made surprisingly few attempts to investigate the emotions of the two cultures in comparative terms.  

In this innovative and timely collection, nine leading scholars make a start on that project. Topics include: differences between the Greek and Roman emotional repertoires; the semantic fields and scripts  covered by comparable Greek and Latin terms; the impact of bilingualism; the fate of emotion terms in translation; the way Roman authors deal with the emotional aspects of their Greek literary models; Greek and Roman views of the emotional character of their counterparts in the other culture.

BICS Supplement 125     ISBN  978-1-905670-53-6  viii + 200 pp, indexes 

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BICS Supplement 127 (published 23 April 2015)

Menander Perikeiromene or The Shorn Head

Edited with an introduction and commentary by William Furley

Menander set Perikeiromene, or the ‘Woman with shorn head’ in Corinth, famous for its beautiful women, at a time when the city's troubles were at their height owing to the Macedonian conquest of Greece. The story reflects in miniature some of the turbulence of the times. A mercenary soldier Polemon returns home from service to discover, as he thinks, that his girl, Glykera, has found another lover. In a fit of jealous rage he shears off her hair and goes off to drown his sorrows with companions. Glykera promptly moves out from Polemon's house to the neighbour's house, in which her purported new lover Moschion lives. But all is not as it seems...

Typically for the genre of New Comedy, Menander takes his characters to the brink in this lively drama before the recognitions which set everything straight. 

Discoveries of fragmented manuscripts of this play in the twentieth century have more or less brought it back to life.

BICS Supplement 127     ISBN  978-1-905670-59-8 xii+210 pp, colour images, indexes, hard-cased

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