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anthology  

Alan Douglas Edward Cameron and P. J. Parsons

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Mar 2016
Is not used in the modern sense before *Diogenianus (2). Many Hellenistic poets published books of epigrams: PMil. Vogl. VIII. 309 and PColon. 5. 204 are from collections by *Posidippus (2) and ... More

anthropology and the classics  

Helen King

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Jul 2015
Anthropology and the classics currently enjoy a fairly good relationship, but one which has never been stable. In the 19th cent. the interest of evolutionary anthropology in a ‘savage’ ... More

Atthis  

Phillip Harding

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Mar 2016
Atthis was the title given in post-*Alexandrian scholarship to the genre of Greek *historiography that narrated the local history of *Attica. The title, derived from the name of the daughter of the ... More

Ben-Hur, reception of  

Jon Solomon

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Dec 2015
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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, a historical romance novel set in 1st-century Judea and Antioch, was written by Lew Wallace (1827–1905) and published by Harper & Brothers in 1880. It has generated ... More

canon  

Patricia E. Easterling

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Jul 2015
In Classical Greek the word kanōn (lit. ‘rod’) was used to mean ‘rule’ or ‘standard’; hence its use as the title of a manual on proportions by the sculptor *Polyclitus (2) and as the name of a statue ... More

classicism  

Philip Hardie

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Jul 2015
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Reception
The modern use of ‘classicism’ to refer either to the art and literature of a period held to represent a peak of quality or perfection, or to the conscious imitation of works of such a period, ... More

contaminatio  

Peter G. M. Brown

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Dec 2015
Contaminatio, a word used by modern scholars to express the procedure of *Terence (and perhaps *Plautus) in incorporating material from another Greek play into the primary play which he was adapting. ... More

creolization  

Jane Webster

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Mar 2016
Creolization is a term referring to the process by which elements of different cultures are blended together to create a new culture. The word creole was first attested in Spanish in 1590 with the ... More

damnatio memoriae  

John Percy Vyvian Dacre Balsdon and Barbara Levick

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Dec 2015
After the deaths of persons deemed by the senate enemies of the state, measures to erase their memory might follow. Originally there was no set package, as the phrase implies (cf. Ulp.Dig. ... More

dance reception  

Fiona Macintosh

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Jul 2015
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Reception
Recent scholarship on ancient *pantomime has led to an interest in its impact on the development of modern ballet, ballet d’action, in the 18th cent. When the dancing masters and choreographers, John ... More

epyllion  

Edward Courtney and Gail Trimble

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Mar 2016
Epyllion (diminutive of epos), term applied in modern (not ancient) times to some ‘short epics’, hexameter poems of mythological narrative in not more than one book. The texts most ... More

ethnicity  

Catherine A. Morgan and Peter Heather

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Dec 2015
In social science usage, a term coined (in 1953) to describe that condition ‘wherein certain members of a society in a given social context choose to emphasize as their most meaningful basis of ... More

explanation, historical  

Christopher Pelling

‘Which of the gods was it that brought the two together in strife?’, asks the Iliad as it launches its narrative (1.8); early in the Odyssey*Zeus complains that mortals blame the gods when ... More

film and television  

Monica S. Cyrino

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Jul 2015
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Reception
Ancient Greece and Rome play starring roles as ideal sites for the iconic characters and plots that cinema and television use to depict the spectacle of the ancient world. The viewing ... More

founders, city  

Antony Spawforth

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Dec 2015
Founders were chiefly important before *Alexander (3) the Great in the case of colonies (see apoikia), founded under the leadership of an oikist (οἶκιστής), whose achievements frequently led to his ... More

genealogy  

Rosalind Thomas

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Dec 2015
Genealogy, the enumeration of descent from an ancestor. Legendary pedigree was particularly important in Greece. Before fighting, *Homeric heroes boast of their ancestry, citing between two and eight ... More

genre  

Gian Biagio Conte and Glenn W. Most

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Dec 2015
A grouping of texts related within the system of literature by their sharing recognizably functionalized features of form and content. Theory of genre as such is quite lacking in antiquity ... More

golden age  

Peta G. Fowler and Don P. Fowler

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Jul 2015
An imagined period in early human history when human beings lived a life of ease, far from toil and sin. The most important text is *HesiodOp. 109–26 (see West's comm.), which talks of a ‘golden ... More

Hellenism, Hellenization  

Simon Hornblower

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Dec 2015
Greek culture (cf. hellen; hellenes) and the diffusion of that culture, a process usually seen as active. The relation between the two modern words is controversial: should the longer word be avoided ... More

Horatii, oath of the  

Simon Hornblower

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Dec 2015
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Subject of a painting exhibited in 1785 by J.-L. David, who however appears to have made up the idea of the oath, though the men depicted are certainly the famous legendary *Horatii.

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