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A Lucan Reader: Selections from Civil War by Lucan by Susanna Braund

By Susanna Braund

Lucan's epic poem, Civil warfare, portrays the stark, darkish horror of the years forty nine via forty eight BCE, the awful truth of Romans combating Romans, of Julius Caesar vs. Pompey the good. The creation to this quantity situates Lucan as a poet heavily hooked up with the Stoics at Rome, operating through the reign of the emperor Nero, within the style inherited from Virgil. the decisions are meant for 3rd- and fourth-year university curricula, and contain Lucan's research of the factors of the civil battle, depictions of his protagonists Caesar and Pompey at key moments-Caesar's crossing of the Rubicon, the assassination of Pompey as he arrives in Egypt looking safe haven, Cato's funeral oration for Pompey, Caesar's stopover at to the positioning of Troy-as good as hugely atmospheric passages: Pompey's imaginative and prescient of his lifeless spouse, Julia; and the necromancy played via the witch Erichtho for Pompey's son. Notes to the passages light up Lucan's angle in the direction of his material-his reluctance to take on the subject of civil conflict, his advanced dating with Virgil's Aeneid, and his passionate involvement within the occasions in the course of the rhetorical machine of apostrophe, while he turns out to go into the poem as a personality himself. specific good points * advent that situates Lucan in his literary, ancient, and ideological context * 620 strains of Latin textual content from Lucan's Civil conflict, together with: 1.1-45, 67-157, 183-227, 486-504; 3.8-35; 399-445; 6.624-53; 7.617-37; 7.647-82, 728-46, 760-811; 8.542-636, 663-88; 9.190-217; 9.961-99 * Notes on the again * Map of the jap Mediterranean in Caesar's day * Bibliography * complete Vocabulary For over 30 years Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers has produced the very best quality Latin and historic Greek books. From Dr. Seuss books in Latin to Plato's Apology , Bolchazy-Carducci's titles support readers find out about historical Rome and Greece; the Latin and old Greek languages are alive and good with titles like Cicero's De Amicitia and Kaegi's Greek Grammar . We additionally characteristic a line of latest jap eu and WWII books. a few of the components we submit in comprise: choices From The Aeneid Latin Grammar & Pronunciation Greek Grammar & Pronunciation Texts helping Wheelock's Latin Classical writer workbooks: Vergil, Ovid, Horace, Catullus, Cicero Vocabulary playing cards For AP choices: Vergil, Ovid, Catullus, Horace Greek Mythology Greek Lexicon Slovak tradition And History

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La ruée vers Laure by Guy Goffette

By Guy Goffette

«Il est bon parfois de chercher midi à quatorze heures, une aiguille dans une meule de foin ou de prier saint Antoine de Padoue qu'il retrouve los angeles paire de lunettes posée sur notre nez. Le temps à ce jeu prend une autre mesure, plus proche de l'éternité. De même en est-il de ce lieu ignoré des géographes, des politiques et des financiers, que los angeles langue dans sa ruée déroule pour le bonheur de Laure et l. a. confusion des puissants. motor vehicle nous le savons tous : quand l. a. langue fourche, c'est qu'il y a du foin.»

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Vernon Downs by Jaime Clarke

By Jaime Clarke

Fiction. Charlie Martens is determined for balance in an in a different way peripatetic lifestyles. An explosion that killed his mom and dad while he was once younger robbed him of normalcy and he was once shuttled from relative to relative, left on my own to decipher the realm he encountered on the way to cobble jointly a solution as to how he may dwell. Ever the outcast, Charlie acknowledges in Olivia, a world scholar from London, the experience of otherness he feels and their dating turns out to vow salvation. but if Olivia abandons him, his determined brain fixates on her favourite author, Vernon Downs, who turns into a logo for reunion with Olivia. Charlie's quest takes him from Phoenix to ny urban and while probability brings him into proximity to Vernon Downs, he fast ingratiates himself into Downs's global. Proximity invitations yes temptations, even though, and it isn't lengthy sooner than Charlie strikes dangerously from fandom to apprentice to outright possession.

"VERNON DOWNS is a gripping, hypnotically written and unnerving examine the darkish part of literary adulation. Jaime Clarke's tautly suspenseful novel is a cautionary story for writers and readers alike—after completing it, you could begin to imagine that J.D. Salinger had the appropriate proposal after all."—Tom Perrotta

"Moving and edgy in precisely the fitting manner. Love (or loss of) and relations (or loss of) is on the middle of this splendidly obsessive novel."—Gary Shteyngart

"All powerful literature stems from obsession. VERNON DOWNS belongs to a practice that incorporates Nicholson Baker's U and that i, Geoff Dyer's Out of Sheer Rage, and—for that matter—Pale hearth. What makes Clarke's very good novel stand out isn't simply its rueful intelligence, or its playful semi-veiling of definite infamous literary figures, yet its startling disappointment. VERNON DOWNS is first rate."—Matthew Specktor

"Jaime Clarke's VERNON DOWNS is a superb meditation on obsession, artwork, and star. Charlie Marten's mounting fixation with the titular Vernon isn't just pushed by means of the burn of heartbreak and the trap of popularity, but additionally a misplaced younger man's fight to find his position on this planet. VERNON DOWNS is an intoxicating novel, and Clarke is a stunning literary talent."—Laura van den Berg

"An engrossing novel approximately longing and impersonation, that's to assert, a narrative concerning the distance among folks, distances inside of ourselves. Clarke's prose is infused with track and intelligence and deep feeling."—Charles Yu

"VERNON DOWNS is an interesting and sly tribute to a definite attention-grabbing and sly author, yet this novel additionally completely captures the lonely distortions of a real obsession."—Dana Spiotta

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From an Existential Vacuum to a Tragic Optimism: The Search by Barbara A. Heavilin

By Barbara A. Heavilin

From an Existential Vacuum to a sad Optimism: the quest for which means and the Presence of God in smooth Literature employs a brand new theoretical method of severe research: Victor Frankl’s logotherapy (from the Greek “logos” for be aware or cause and sometimes regarding divine wisdom), a distinct type of existentialism. at the foundation of his observations of the facility of human persistence and transcendence – the invention of which means even in the course of harrowing conditions – Frankl diagnoses the malaise of the present age as an “existential vacuum,” a feeling of meaninglessness. He means that a panacea for this malaise could be present in creativity, love, and ethical selection – even if confronted with discomfort or loss of life. He affirms that humans may perhaps go beyond this vacuum, realize which means – or maybe final aspiring to be present in final Being, or God – and reside with a feeling of “tragic optimism.”

This booklet observes either the present age’s “existential vacuum” – a malaise of vacancy and meaninglessness – and its eager for which means and God as mirrored in 3 genres: poetry, novel, and myth. half I, “Reflections of God within the Poetic Vision,” addresses “tragic optimism” – desire while there appears no cause of desire – in poems via William Butler Yeats, T. S. Eliot, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. half II, “American Angst: vacancy and probability in John Steinbeck’s significant Novels,” provides a examine of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and The iciness of Our Discontent – novels that jointly shape a uniquely American epic trilogy. jointly those novels inform the tale of a nation’s avarice, corruption, and betrayal offset by means of magnanimity, heroism, and hospitality. Set opposed to the backdrop of Frankl’s methods of discovering that means and achievement – all obliquely implying the felt presence of God – the characters are consultant each american citizens, in whose lives are mirrored a nation’s worst vices and most sensible hopes. half III, “A Tragic Optimism: The Triumph of excellent within the fable Worlds of Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling,” defines delusion and technological know-how fiction as mirrors with which to view fact. J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the earrings, C. S. Lewis’s That Hideous power, and J. ok. Rowling’s Harry Potter sequence are thought of within the gentle of Frankl’s logotherapy – supplying paths to that means and the final word aspiring to be present in God. In a postmodern, fragmented age, those works verify a continual imaginative and prescient of God (often via His felt absence) and, additionally, a so much human longing for that means even if there seems none – delivering, as Frankl keeps, “a tragic optimism.”

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Memoirs of Montparnasse by John Glassco

By John Glassco

Memoirs of Montparnasse is a scrumptious e-book approximately being younger, stressed, reckless, and with no cares. it's also the easiest and liveliest of the numerous chronicles of Nineteen Twenties Paris and the exploits of the misplaced iteration. In 1928, nineteen-year-old John Glassco escaped Montreal and his overbearing father for the wilder shorelines of Montparnasse. He remained there till his funds ran out and his healthiness collapsed, and he loved each minute of his remain. extraordinary for his or her candor and humor, Glassco’s memoirs have the daft common sense of a wild yet totally soaking up event, a story of hope let out that's merely faintly shadowed by way of disappointment on the inevitable passage of time.

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The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee

By Janice Y. K. Lee

"A infrequent and beautiful story...Transports you out of time, misplaced, right into a international you could suppose in your very skin." -Elizabeth Gilbert

In the sweeping culture of The English sufferer, Janice Y.K. Lee's debut novel is a story of affection and betrayal set in war-torn Hong Kong. In 1942, Englishman Will Truesdale falls headlong right into a passionate courting with Trudy Liang, a gorgeous Eurasian socialite. yet their affair is quickly threatened by way of the invasion of the japanese as global struggle II overwhelms their a part of the realm. Ten years later, Claire Pendleton involves Hong Kong to paintings as a piano instructor and likewise starts a fateful affair. because the threads of this spellbinding novel intertwine, most unlikely offerings emerge-between love and defense, braveness and survival, the current, and particularly, the previous.

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Le Brutus de Cicéron: Rhétorique, Politique et Histoire by Sophie Aubert-Baillot, Charles Guerin

By Sophie Aubert-Baillot, Charles Guerin

Rédigé par Cicéron en forty six av. J.-C., le Brutus se présente comme une histoire de l’éloquence romaine depuis ses origines et ses resources grecques jusqu’à l’époque de sa rédaction, mais entend surtout répondre aux défis institutionnels et intellectuels qu’a fait naître los angeles dictature de César. Le traité autorise ainsi des lectures très diverses, qui sont souvent restées isolées les unes des autres.
À travers une approche pluridisciplinaire rassemblant des contributeurs de spécialités diverses, cet ouvrage cherche à rendre compte de los angeles réflexion cicéronienne dans toute sa richesse en examinant les enjeux historiographiques, prosopographiques, rhétoriques, philosophiques et politiques du traité. Il suggest une réflexion synthétique et originale sur ce texte majeur, essentiel à los angeles compréhension de los angeles République tardive.

Cicero’s discussion Brutus deals a background of Roman eloquence from its origins and Greek roots as much as the time of the work's composition (46 BC) within the past due Republic. It varieties a part of Cicero’s reaction to the political and highbrow alterations led to by means of Caesar’s dictatorship and has accordingly attracted substantial scholarly realization from a couple of fields. even if, scholarly discourse has often remained remoted. This quantity addresses the necessity to examine Cicero’s treatise from an interdisciplinary perspective and assembles contributions from students of historiography, prosopography, rhetoric, philosophy and politics. It hence places ahead a coherent and real interpretation of Cicero’s Brutus that showcases the importance of this article for our figuring out of the ultimate years of the Roman Republic.

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Literature of Travel and Exploration: An Encyclopedia by Jennifer Speake

By Jennifer Speake

Containing greater than six hundred entries, this helpful source offers all points of shuttle writing. There are entries on areas and routes (Afghanistan, Black Sea, Egypt, Gobi wilderness, Hawaii, Himalayas, Italy, Northwest Passage, Samarkand, Silk direction, Timbuktu), writers (Isabella poultry, Ibn Battuta, Bruce Chatwin, Gustave Flaubert, Mary Kingsley, Walter Ralegh, Wilfrid Thesiger), tools of shipping and kinds of trip (balloon, camel, grand journey, searching and large video game expeditions, pilgrimage, area shuttle and exploration), genres (buccaneer narratives, guidebooks, New global chronicles, postcards), businesses and societies (East India corporation, Royal Geographical Society, Society of Dilettanti), and matters and issues (censorship, exile, orientalism, and tourism).

For a whole checklist of entries and participants, a beneficiant collection of pattern entries, and extra, stopover at the Literature of commute and Exploration: An Encyclopedia web site.

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The Genealogy of the Romantic Symbol by Nicholas Halm

By Nicholas Halm

Regardless of its commonly said value in and past the idea of the Romantic interval, the certain proposal of the logo articulated by way of such writers as Goethe and F. W. J. Schelling in Germany and S. T. Coleridge in England has defied enough old clarification. unlike earlier scholarship, Nicholas Halmi's examine offers such an evidence through touching on the content material of Romantic symbolist concept - frequently criticized as irrationalist - to the cultural wishes of its time. simply because its genealogical procedure eschews a unmarried disciplinary standpoint, this research is ready to research the Romantic inspiration of the emblem in a broader highbrow context than past scholarship, a context ranging chronologically from classical antiquity to the current and encompassing literary feedback and concept, aesthetics, semiotics, theology, metaphysics, usual philosophy, astronomy, poetry, and the origins of panorama portray. the idea that is therefore printed to be a in particular smooth reaction to trendy discontents, neither reverting to pre-modern modes of notion nor secularizing Christian theology, yet countering Enlightenment dualisms with capacity bequeathed by means of the Enlightenment itself. This e-book seeks, in brief, to do for the Romantic image what Percy Bysshe Shelley referred to as on poets to do for the realm: to raise from it its veil of familiarity.

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