The Ears of Hermes
Communication, Images, and Identity in the Classical World
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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This English translation of Maurizio Bettini’s Le orecchie di Hermes follows the publication of the original Italian edition by ten years and the appear-ance of Anthropology and Roman Culture by twenty. Yet even a decade after Le orrechie’s initial publication, it is difficult to overstate the significance of this work for Anglophone classicists. Conceived as a companion volume to ...
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Is it possible for someone forced to learn Latin in four years and under threat of the rod to ever develop lasting affection for classical literature? Not normally—and Samuel Butler was no exception. Having suffered such treatment from an early age, in fact Samuel developed an enduring hatred of the classics. This was not the outcome that his father, the Reverend Thomas ...
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Every god has his own style. Mercury, for example has little wings on his feet. He is Communication has its places—and these are also, or above all, symbolic. Inhabitants of the modern world inevitably tend to associate communication with the telephone, the fax machine, the computer keyboard, the television or the radio. These are undeniably technical, powerful “places”; but most of ...
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Aut fatuum aut regem nasci oportet—“It is well to be born either a King or a Fool,” or so the saying goes:1 in both cases, paradoxically, the advantages are the same. Traditional wisdom holds that the Fool and the King—the bottom and the top of the pyramid, the two extreme points of the spectrum—are actually more alike than their differences might lead us to believe. Brutus, ...
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One of the problems that our society has most struggled with, particularly in recent decades, is that of tolerance—the willingness to recognize that the manners and morals of “others” should not be automatically labeled as wrong, irrational or (worse still) unnatural, for the simple reason that they are different than “ours.” Others may live their lives in a manner quite unlike ...
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On several occasions, Jean-Pierre Vernant has guided us through the world of images and imitations within ancient Greek culture. At the same time, the studies of Françoise Frontisi have permitted us to understand how the Greeks unified in a single image—to prosōpon—two notions that remain dis-tinct in our culture: the mask and the face.1 With regard to ancient Roman ...
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The war against the Teleboans is over. The slave Sosia, on his way to Thebes from a rather improbable portus Persicus, has just disembarked at an even more incredible portus Thebanus—the geographic fantasies (or inconsisten-cies) of a great comic mind. He heads towards the house of his master Amphitryon, the great general, in order to inform Alcmena, the mistress of ...
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Aeneas, at Carthage, is telling his story. He has reached the moment when the Trojan exiles disembark at Epirus, a long journey and several failures now behind them. Already, Aeneas has tried to found a city on the coast of Thrace that would bear his name—Aeneades—but the appalling prodigy of Polydorus’ blood compelled them to flee in all possible haste.1 After receiving ...
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We have already had the opportunity to observe that in ancient Rome the aristocratic funeral offered the opportunity for an extraordinary display of “doubles.” The veterum instituta (“institutions of the ancients”), as they were called by Tacitus, required that an effigies of the dead should rest on the coffin, in plain sight.1 Moreover, the imagines of the ancestors, according to ...
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The universe of the novel, and of the Satyricon in particular, is governed by coincidence. Encolpius and Giton board a ship and—what a coincidence!—the ship’s captain is none other than their enemy, Lichas. Of course, by the time they realize this, it is already too late. But what to do? Toss themselves into the sea? Hide themselves in a sack, hoping that when they reach port ...
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Abbott, G. 1903. Macedonian Folklore. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Accame, S. 1949. I re di Roma nella leggenda e nella storia. Naples: Libreria Scientifica Ahl, F. 1991. Sophocles’ Oedipus: Evidence and Self-Convinction. Ithaca: Cornell University Albert-Llorca, M. 1991. L’ordre des choses: Les recits d’ origine des animaux et de plantes en Alessio, G. 1969. “Etimologie latine.” In Studi linguistici in onore di Vittore Pisani, 19–21. ...
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Publication Year: 2011