Euripides' Bacchae and the Cultural Contestations of Greeks, Jews, Romans, and Christians
Author: Courtney J.P. Friesen
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
Courtney J. P. Friesen explores shifting boundaries of ancient religions by way of the reception of a popular tragedy, Euripides' Bacchae. As a play staging political crises provoked by the arrival of the "foreign" god Dionysus and his ecstatic cult, audiences and readers found resonances with their own cultural moments. This dramatic deity became emblematic of exuberant and liberating spirituality and, at the same time, a symbol of imperial conquest. Thus, readings of the Bacchae frequently foreground conflicts between religious autonomy and political authority, and between ethnic diversity and social cohesion. This cross-disciplinary study traces appropriations and evocations of this drama ranging from the fifth century BCE through Byzantium not only among "pagans" but also Jews and Christians. Writers variously articulated their religious visions over against Dionysus, often while paradoxically adopting the god's language and symbols. Consequently, imitation and emulati on are at times indistinguishable from polemics and subversion.
An introduction to a complex but hugely influential Russian novel written on the eve of the First World War. Accessible essays explain how Petersburg articulated the sensibility, ideas, phobias, and aspirations of Russian and transnational modernism.
Euripides' Bacchae is the magnum opus of the ancient world's most popular dramatist and the most modern, perhaps postmodern, of Greek tragedies. Twentieth-century poets and playwrights have often turned their hand to Bacchae, leaving the play with an especially rich and varied translation history. It has also been subjected to several fashions of criticism and interpretation over the years, all reflected in, influencing, and influenced by translation. The Gentle, Jealous God introduces the play and surveys its wider reception; examines a selection of English translations from the early 20th century to the early 21st, setting them in their social, intellectual, and cultural context; and argues, finally, that Dionysus and Bacchae remain potent cultural symbols even now. Simon Perris presents a fascinating cultural history of one of world theatre's landmark classics. He explores the reception of Dionysus, Bacchae, and the classical ideal in a violent and turmoil-ridden era. And he demonstrates by example that translation matters, or should matter, to readers, writers, actors, directors, students, and scholars of ancient drama.
"This study of Dionysus . . . is also a new theogony of Early Greece." --Publishers Weekly "An original analysis . . . of the spiritual significance of the Greek myth and cult of Dionysus." --Theology Digest
In this work, Laura J. Hunt looks at Latin use in Ephesus, Antioch, and Alexandria. The evidence of intersections between Roman and Greek languages in those cities suggests that the Roman cultural encyclopaedia could shed light on the Gospel of John, particularly the trial narrative. Words that intersect with important Roman concepts include πραιτώριον, βασιλεύς, υἱὸς θεοῦ and ἐξουσία. The phrase Ἰδοὺ ὁ ἄνθρωπος in John 19:5 approximates hic vir, hic est from Vergil's Aeneid (6.791), marking it as a literary allusion. A semiotic analysis of John 18:28-19:22 reveals a Jesus depicted with the words and images of a Caesar. The Roman Pilate tests the loyalty of both Jesus and 'the Jews' to Caesar, emerging as weak only in relation to Caesar. Although other scholars have looked at empire in the Gospel of John, this study offers a sustained Roman reading of the Johannine trial narrative.
This book brings together essays from leading Nietzsche scholars to examine a variety of key ideas in Nietzsche's writings that have been marginalized or slighted because they do not fit neatly into any of the usual categories of Nietzsche scholarship. The essays open up fresh perspectives on Nietzsche and will inspire constructive debate about his relevance to a variety of current philosophical, political, social, and cultural concerns.
More complex than straightforward notions of the Dionsyiac, Euripides' Dionysus blurs the dividing line between many of the fundamental categories of Greek life - male and female, Greek and barbarian, divine and human. This text explores his place in Athenian religion, detailing what Euripides makes of him in the play.
The Place of the Reading Process in the Actor's Work
Author: David Cole
Category: Performing Arts
In a cultural climate where literary study and theater practice often seem out of touch and out of sympathy with one another, reading and acting tend to be viewed as dissimilar, if not mutually exclusive, occupations. One is private, mental, passive - and something that we all do. The other is public, physical, active - and something that only a few highly trained practitioners do.
Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honour of David J. A. Clines
Author: David J. A. Clines
Publisher: T&T Clark
Reading from Right to Left adopts the direction of the Hebrew script as a metaphor for the cultural transformation involved in every act of biblical interpretation. It is a concern that has been evident in much of the work of David Clines, to whom this volume is presented on his 65th birthday. Clines, who has been associated with the Department of Biblical Studies in the University of Sheffield for the whole of his scholarly career, and who was one of the founders and directors of Sheffield Academic Press for 25 years, is well known for his distinctively creative and stimulating biblical interpretation. This volume includes thirty-seven essays from established scholars around the world, covering topics including the Pentateuch prophecy, wisdom, ancient Israelite history, Greek tragedy and the ideology of biblical scholarship which go to make up this interesting and varied collection.