American Journal of Philology

American Journal of Philology
Volume 125, Number 1 (Whole Number 497), Spring 2004

CONTENTS

Articles

    Worman, Nancy Baker, 1963-
  • Insult and Oral Excess in the Disputes between Aeschines and Demosthenes
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    Subject Headings:
    • Aeschines.
    • Demosthenes.
    • Oratory, Ancient.
    • Rhetoric, Ancient.
    • Invective in literature.
    Abstract:
      This article argues that in the contests between Demosthenes and Aeschines, their insulting depictions of each other highlight the mouth as a prominent vehicle for communicating ideas about intemperance. Much of the imagery in the speeches lampoons oratorical delivery, especially vocal tone and deportment, which perceptibly project the speakers' characters. While Demosthenes is a piping chatterbox and Aeschines a voluble shouter, both extremes are characterized by an overuse or misuse of the mouth and its vocal organs. These insulting portrayals of the mouth's capacities contribute to a larger abusive discourse that develops around professional speakers during this period.
    Franko, George Fredric.
  • Ensemble Scenes in Plautus
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    Subject Headings:
    • Plautus, Titus Maccius -- Technique.
    • Terence -- Technique.
    • Latin drama (Comedy)
    Abstract:
      If Greek New Comedy never presented more than three concurrent speakers, then any scene in the Palliata with four or more concurrent speakers contains renovations. Plautus uses ensemble scenes to underscore lively or dramatically significant symposia, eavesdropping, or family reunions and be-trothals, especially at the finale. Terence uses ensemble scenes more pervasively for shorter, calmer, and less significant episodes. The authorship of the Greek original may influence the extent of ensemble scenes. Plautus probably created ensemble scenes by rearranging entrances and exits and by endowing mute characters with speech, often transforming silent women into important speaking characters.
    Welch, Tara S.
  • Masculinity and Monuments in Propertius 4.9
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    Subject Headings:
    • Propertius, Sextus. Elegiae. Liber 4. 9.
    • Hercules (Roman mythology) in literature.
    • Augustus, Emperor of Rome, 63 B.C.-14 A.D.
    • Masculinity in literature.
    • Politics and literature -- Rome -- History.
    Abstract:
      In elegy 4.9, Propertius connects the story of Hercules' transvestism to some of Rome's most ancient and venerable sites: the Ara Maxima, the subject of the poem's aition, and the sanctuary of the Bona Dea, where the poem's action takes place. These locations resonate with Rome's traditional gender roles and with the Augustan urban renovation. This essay argues that Propertius' use of monuments in 4.9 responds to and challenges the Princeps' use of Roman places as a means to solidify his position in the new Rome, thereby establishing the poet as the Princeps' rival in creating urban meaning.
    Fox, Matthew.
  • Stars in the Fasti: Ideler (1825) and Ovid's Astronomy Revisited
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 or 18 A.D. Fasti.
    • Ideler, Ludwig, 1766-1846.
    • Astronomy, Roman.
    Abstract:
      Using astronomy software, this article provides a systematic re-examination of the astronomical references in Ovid's Fasti and reviews the previous authority on the question, Ideler (1825). The review finds that most (three out of four) of the more than fifty astronomical references in the poem are accurate and reflects on the negative reception of Ovid's handling of astronomy in light of these findings.

Book Reviews

    Steiner, Deborah, 1960-
  • Writing and the Origins of Greek Literature, and: Written Texts and the Rise of Literate Culture in Ancient Greece (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Powell, Barry B. Writing and the origins of Greek literature.
    • Yunis, Harvey, ed. Written texts and the rise of literate culture in ancient Greece.
    • Greek literature -- History and criticism.
    Thibodeau, Philip (Philip J.), 1970-
  • Science and Mathematics in Ancient Greek Culture (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Tuplin, Christopher, ed. Science and mathematics in ancient Greek culture.
    • Rihll, T. E. (Tracey Elizabeth), 1960-, ed.
    • Science -- Greece -- History.
    Thalmann, William G., 1947-
  • The Cast of Character: Style in Greek Literature (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Worman, Nancy Baker, 1963- Cast of character: style in Greek literature.
    • Greek literature -- History and criticism.
    Cartledge, Paul.
  • Eros and Polis: Desire and Community in Greek Political Theory (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ludwig, Paul W. (Paul Walter), 1963- Eros and polis: desire and community in Greek political theory.
    • Political science -- Greece -- History.

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