New PDF release: Artemidorus’ Oneirocritica: Text, Translation, and

By Daniel E. Harris-McCoy

ISBN-10: 0199593477

ISBN-13: 9780199593477

In historic Greece and Rome, desires have been believed via many to provide perception into destiny occasions. Artemidorus' Oneirocritica, a treatise on dream-divination and compendium of dream-interpretations written in historic Greek within the mid-second to early-third centuries advert, is the one surviving textual content from antiquity that instructs its readers within the paintings of utilizing desires to foretell the longer term. In it, Artemidorus discusses the character of desires and the way to interpret them, and gives an encyclopaedic catalogue of interpretations of desires when it comes to the ordinary, human, and divine worlds.

In this quantity, Harris-McCoy deals a revised Greek textual content of the Oneirocritica with dealing with English translation, a close creation, and scholarly remark. looking to reveal the richness and intelligence of this understudied textual content, he supplies specific emphasis to the Oneirocritica's composition and building, and its aesthetic, highbrow, and political foundations and context.

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10 Orator and poet converge. 12 According to the Elder Seneca (Controv. 8–12), in his student days Ovid was held to be a good 8 9 10 11 12 On the rhetorical system of education see Duff (1964) Part i ch. 2; Bonner (1949) is still the best account of early imperial Roman declamation (150–6 on Ovid). On other aspects of the rhetorical in Ovid see Schiesaro in this volume, pp. 70–4. ’ Williams (1978) 231. On these issues see Citroni (1995) ch. 8; Fowler (forthcoming) Unrolling the text ch. 4. In general see Higham (1958).

35 The Metamorphoses also responds to this challenge, but reconciles the competing claims in an entirely different way, by weaving hundreds of discrete episodes into a thematically and chronologically ordered whole. 36 Ovid’s use of Callimachus is in fact most sustained in his longest poems. 285 uigilatum carmen, evoking the sleeplessness expected of the diligent poet. Epigr. 4 leuior demptis poena duobus erit; see McKeown (1989) 2. See n. 61. Clauss (1989) finds a more complex instance of such irony in an episode of Metamorphoses 6 in which the goddess Latona attempts to drink from a pool and is thwarted by a crowd of farmers.

The refocusing is signalled by having the first collection of exile poems (Tristia 1) 65 66 67 68 See above, pp. 16–17. The classic study by Heinze (1919) in terms of ‘epic’ and ‘elegiac’ narrative modes was given a more nuanced rereading by Hinds (1987). See Conte (1986) 29, Fowler (2000) ch. 5. For the idea see Fitton Brown (1985) and the comments of Williams (1994) 3–8. The many references to a vindictive Augustus would have been fatally offensive if Ovid were still in Rome. 69 It proceeds with minorkey rewritings of earlier programmatic statements.

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