Lucan's "Bellum Civile": Between Epic Tradition and by Nicola Hömke, Christiane Reitz

By Nicola Hömke, Christiane Reitz

Lucan??s Bellum Civile is among the so much outstanding and weird works of Silver Age Latin literature, and has been the topic of a lot examine lately. during this quantity recognized specialists on Lucan research the poetological, narratological and stylistic ideas the writer hired to jot down at the subject matter of civil warfare. The epic poem is right away either conforms to and exceeds the culture of the style, and confronts its readers with a brand new form of aesthetic.

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Sanctified Violence in Homeric Society: Oath-Making Rituals by Margo Kitts

By Margo Kitts

In Sanctified Violence in Homeric Society, Margo Kitts makes a speciality of oath-making narratives present in the Iliad during which she articulates a concept of ritualized violence. She analyzes ritual paradigms, metaphors, fictions, and poetic registers as oath-making rules, which she then lines via Homeric references and texts from the traditional New East. Discussing ritual positive aspects which are universal to acts of non secular violence in the course of the global, Kitts uses the speculation of formality functionality as communique.

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Defiance by Don Brown

By Don Brown

From a homicide in Paris to a court docket in California to a terrorist camp within the Gobi barren region, Don Brown's follow-up to Treason and Hostage plunges right into a suspense-filled trip of possibility, responsibility, and wish. The Commander's Bodyguard is Shannon McGilverry, a crack NCIS agent assigned to guard army JAG Officer Zack Brewer. Zack is being hunted via terrorists, stalked by way of a psychopath, and is operating his means via a dangerous, politically-charged trial. whilst one other military JAG officer is murdered, it is transparent that Zack is in harm's means. As his bodyguard, Shannon needs to do greater than defend Zack. She additionally needs to put aside her becoming emotions for the intense legal professional and examine rumors that the affection of his existence, Diane Colcerninan, should still be alive. Zack reveals himself wanting his religion greater than ever as military SEALS release a bold rescue try out that has the aptitude to set off global struggle III.

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The Gilded Chain:: A Tale of the King's Blades by Dave Duncan

By Dave Duncan

As undesirable and rebellious boys, they locate safe haven in Ironhall....Years later they turn out to be the best swordsmen within the realm—A magical ritual of a sword in the course of the center binds every one to his ward—if now not the king himself, then to whomever else the monarch designates—with absolute loyalty.And the best Blade of all of them was—and is—Sir Durendal. yet a lifelong dream of shielding his cherished liege from enemies, traitors, and monsters is dashed to bits while Durendal is bonded until eventually demise to an effete noble fop at his king's orders. but future has many unusual and inscrutable plans for the younger knight—for a venture, a competition, and, might be, a treasure anticipate him in a far off land. yet he quickly reveals himself enmeshed in treason and foul intrigues, forced to betray the king he had was hoping to serve. The Blades have how one can safeguard their very own, yet loss of life and insanity hang-out the trail to salvation—and few ever go back unscathed. As undesirable and rebellious boys, they locate safe haven in Ironhall....Years later they become the best swordsmen within the realm—A magical ritual of a sword in the course of the middle binds each one to his ward—if no longer the king himself, then to whomever else the monarch designates—with absolute loyalty. And the best Blade of all of them was—and is—Sir Durendal. yet a lifelong dream of protcting his loved liege from enemies, traitors, and monsters is dashed to bits while Durendal is bonded until eventually demise to an effete noble fop at his king's orders. but future has many unusual and inscrutable plans for the younger knight—for a project, a competition, and, might be, a treasure look forward to him in a far off land. yet he quickly unearths himself enmeshed in treasonand foul intrigues, forced to betray the king he had was hoping to serve. The Blades have how one can safeguard their very own, yet loss of life and insanity hang-out the trail to salvation—and few ever go back unscathed.

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The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien

By J.R.R. Tolkien

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudr?n is a previously unpublished paintings by means of J.R.R. Tolkien, written whereas Tolkien was once Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford in the course of the Nineteen Twenties and ‘30s, earlier than he wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the jewelry. It makes to be had for the 1st time Tolkien’s vast retelling in English narrative verse of the epic Norse stories of Sigurd the V?lsung and the autumn of the Niflungs. It comprises an creation through J.R.R. Tolkien, drawn from considered one of his personal lectures on Norse literature, with remark and notes at the poems by means of Christopher Tolkien.

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The Flames of Shadam Khoreh (Lays of Anuskaya, Book 3) by Bradley P. Beaulieu

By Bradley P. Beaulieu

The Flames of Shadam Khoreh starts off approximately years after the occasions of The Straits of Galahesh. Atiana and Nikandr proceed their lengthy look for Nasim, which has taken them to the wilderness wastes of the Gaji, the place the fabled valley of Shadam Khoreh lies. yet all isn't good. conflict has moved from the islands to the mainland, and the Grand Duchy understands its time should be restricted if Yrstanla rallies its forces. And the losing ailment and the rifts develop ever wider, threatening areas that after suggestion themselves secure. The Dukes think that their basically wish can be to regard with the Haelish warriors to the west of Yrstanla, yet Nikandr understands that the secret's to discover Nasim and a misplaced artifact referred to as the Atalayina. Will Nikandr be triumphant and shut the rifts as soon as and for all? the reply lies deep in the Flames of Shadam Khoreh.

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Tree of Life (Part I) by Elita Faith Daniels, Blair Kenny

By Elita Faith Daniels, Blair Kenny

Wrath, vengeance, hatred, can't breathe an analogous surroundings as love. And so it used to be that love started to wither and withdraw... one of the ageless quietude of the elves, Deacon, a mortal, suffers the inescapable know-how of mortality. He lived in what many deemed perfection, yet a depressing uncertainty plagued him that there lay treachery in all of it. while secrets and techniques of his mysterious background are printed, the younger mage is thrown right into a rebellion of bewilderment, and in an unwholesome vent of distress, travels a direction of unforgivable deeds. one of many few left of his type - a race whose magical energies are vigorously interwoven with their lifeforce - Deacon is drawn right into a international that becomes an involution of evil and dying. The destiny that awaits him can have immeasurable effects a ways past his regulate.

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The Trojan Epic: Posthomerica by Quintus of Smyrna, Alan James

By Quintus of Smyrna, Alan James

Composed within the 3rd century A.D., the Trojan Epic is the earliest surviving literary facts for lots of of the traditions of the Trojan battle handed down from old Greece. sometimes called the Posthomerica, or "sequel to Homer," the Trojan Epic chronicles the process the struggle after the burial of Troy's maximum hero, Hektor.

Quintus, believed to were an informed Greek dwelling in Roman Asia Minor, incorporated many of the war's such a lot mythical occasions: the dying of Achilles, the malicious program, and the destruction of Troy. yet simply because Quintus intentionally imitated Homer's language and elegance, his paintings has been disregarded via many students as pastiche.

A bright and unique tale in its personal correct, the Trojan Epic is usually quite major for what it finds approximately its sources―the a lot older, now misplaced Greek epics in regards to the Trojan struggle recognized jointly because the Epic Cycle. Written within the Homeric period, those poems stated occasions no longer integrated within the Iliad or the Odyssey. As Alan James makes transparent during this shiny and trustworthy new translation, Quintus's paintings merits cognizance for its literary-historical significance and its narrative strength. James's line-by-line verse translation in English unearths the unique as an exhilarating and eloquent story of gods and heroes, bravery and crafty, hubris and brutality. James features a great creation which areas the paintings in its literary and historic context, a close and annotated book-by-book precis of the epic, a remark dealing commonly with assets, and an explanatory index of right names. Brilliantly revitalized by means of James, the Trojan Epic will attract quite a lot of readers drawn to Greek mythology and the legend of Troy.

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Elites and Society by Tom Bottomore

By Tom Bottomore

During this considerably revised and enlarged moment version of a vintage textual content that has been used through the international in several translations, Tom Bottomore reconsiders élite thought within the mild of more moderen stories. He examines the function and value of élites with regards to sessions and sophistication constitution in either complex commercial and constructing international locations, and expounds the feedback of élites and élitism which have been formulated by way of democratic and socialist thinkers and pursuits. In a brand new concluding bankruptcy, Professor Bottomore considers the chance, as humanity methods the millenium, for a renewed enhance in the direction of extra egalitarian types of society, during which all electorate will be capable of take part extra absolutely and successfully within the shaping in their social world.
Tom Bottomore taught on the London institution of Economics 1952-64, used to be Head of the dep. of Political technological know-how, Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser college, Vancouver 1965-67, and Professor of Sociology on the collage of Sussex 1968-85 the place he's now Professor Emeritus. he's the writer of diverse books, so much lately: Theories of contemporary Capitalism, Allen and Unwin (1985); sessions in sleek Society, Routledge (2nd version, 1991) and among Marginalism and Marxism: the commercial Sociology of J A Schumpter, Harvester Wheatsheaf (1992).

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Plato's Rhapsody and Homer's Music: The Poetics of the by Gregory Nagy

By Gregory Nagy

The competition of the Panathenaia, held in Athens each summer season to have a good time the birthday of the city's goddess, Athena, was once the environment for performances of the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey by means of expert reciters or "rhapsodes." The works of Plato are our major surviving resource of data approximately those performances. via his references, a very important section within the background of the Homeric culture might be reconstructed. via Plato's eyes, the "staging" of Homer in classical Athens can once more turn into a digital truth.

This booklet examines the final testimony of Plato as a professional concerning the cultural legacy of those Homeric performances. Plato's effective ear for language--in this situation the technical language of high-class artisans like rhapsodes--picks up on quite a few genuine expressions that echo the debate of rhapsodes as they as soon as practiced their artwork.

Highlighted one of the works of Plato are the Ion, the Timaeus, and the Critias. a few specialists who research the Timaeus have instructed that Plato should have meant this masterpiece, defined via his characters as a humnos, to be a tribute to Athena. The metaphor of weaving, implicit in humnos and specific within the peplos or gown that used to be provided to the goddess on the Panathenaia, applies additionally to Homeric poetry: it too was once pictured as a humnos, destined for everlasting re-weaving at the festive celebration of Athena's endlessly self-renewing birthday.

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