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Fantham, Elaine

Overview
Works: 215 works in 737 publications in 5 languages and 20,131 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Georgics  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources  Records and correspondence  Encyclopedias  Biography  Pastoral poetry  Sayings 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Honoree, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other, Annotator, Commentator
Classifications: PA6807.G4, 873.01
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Most widely held works by Elaine Fantham
Women in the classical world : image and text by Elaine Fantham( Book )

32 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 2,828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Information about women is scattered throughout the fragmented mosaic of ancient history. The vivid poetry of Sappho survived antiquity on remnants of damaged papyrus, riddled with gaps. The inscription on a beautiful fourth century B.C.E. grave praises the virtues of Mnesarete, an Athenian woman who died young, but we do not know if the grave's marble stele shows Mnesarete, or simply a ready-made design chosen by her family. We read that on one occasion in the fourth century a great number of Roman wives were given a collective public trial and found guilty of poisoning their husbands, but we can only guess whether these "poisonings" were invented, or were linked to a high occurrence of accidental food poisoning, or to something more sinister. Apart from the legends of Cleopatra, Dido, and Lucretia, and images of graceful maidens dancing on urns, the evidence about the lives of women of the classical world - visual, archaeological, and written - has remained little known and little understood. Now, the lavishly illustrated and meticulously researched Women in the Classical World lifts the curtain on the women of ancient Greece and Rome, from slaves and prostitutes, to Athenian housewives, to Rome's imperial family. The first book on classical women to give equal weight to written texts and artistic representations, it brings together a great wealth of materials - poetry, vase painting, legislation, medical treatises, architecture, religion and funerary art, women's ornaments, historical epics, political speeches, even ancient coins - to present women in the historical and cultural context of their time. Written by leading experts in the fields of ancient history and art history, women's studies, and Greek and Roman literature, the book's chronological arrangement allows the changing roles of women to unfold over a thousand year period, beginning in the eighth century B.C.E. The authors seek out and present ancient literature that preserves women's own voices. Both the art and the literature highlight women's creativity, sexuality and coming of age, marriage and child rearing, religious and public roles, and other themes. Fascinating chapters probe revealing aspects of the classical world: the ubiquitous reports of wild behavior on the part of Spartan and Etruscan women and the mythical Amazons; the changing views of the female body presented in male-authored gynecological treatises; the political and financial activities of women from all over Rome's empire; and the traces of upper and lower-class life in Pompeii, miraculously preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C.E. Provocative, surprising, filled with examples of the rich legacy of classical art, Women in the Classical World is a masterly foray into the past, and an important statement on the lives of women in ancient Greece and Rome
Ovid's Metamorphoses by Elaine Fantham( )

12 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This introduction to Ovid's Metamorphoses considers how Ovid defined and shaped his narrative, its cultural context, and its vivid depictions of the cruelty of jealous gods, the pathos of human love, and the imaginative fantasy of flight, monsters, magicand illusion
Letters from a Stoic : Epistulae morales ad Lucilium by Lucius Annaeus Seneca( )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The letters written by the Stoic philosopher and tragedian Seneca to his friend Lucilius are in effect moral essays, whose purpose is to reinforce Lucilius' struggle to achieve wisdom and serenity, uninfluenced by worldly emotions. Seneca advises his friend on how to do without what is superfluous, whether on the subject of happiness, riches, reputation, or the emotions. The letters include literary critical discussions, moral exhortation, exemplary heroes and episodes from Roman history, and a lurid picture of contemporary luxury. We learn about Seneca's household and estates and about life in the time of Nero; the topic of death is never far away."--Pub. desc
Roman readings : Roman response to Greek literature from Plautus to Statius and Quintilian by Elaine Fantham( )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and German and held by 1,364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume presents closely connected articles by Elaine Fantham, which deal with Roman responses to Greek literature on three major subjects: the history and criticism of Latin poetry and rhetoric, women in Roman life and dramatic poetry and the poetic representation of children in relation to their mothers and teachers. The volume discusses among others texts by Plautus, Terence, Cicero, Quintilian, Gellius and Ovid
Latin poets and Italian gods by Elaine Fantham( )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 1,202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on Elaine Fantham's 2004 Robson lectures, Latin Poets and Italian Gods reconstructs the response of Roman poets in the late republic and Augustan age to the rural cults of central Italy. Study of Roman gods is often limited to the grand equivalents of the Olympian Greek deities such as Jupiter, Mars, and Juno. However, real-life Italians gave a lot of their affection and loyalty to humbler gods with no Greek equivalent: local nymphs who supplied healing waters, the great Tiber river and other lesser rivers, the lusty garden god Priapus, and more
Apophthegmata by Desiderius Erasmus( )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Assembled for the young Prince William of Cleves, Erasmus’ Apophthegmata consists of thousands of sayings and anecdotes collected from Greek and Latin literature for the moral education of the future ruler. Betty I. Knott and Elaine Fantham’s annotated translation of the aphorisms and Erasmus’ commentary on them makes this once popular literary and educational text accessible to modern audiences. The introduction discusses the origins of the Apophthegmata, the contents of the collection, and Erasmus’ sources."--pub. desc
The Roman world of Cicero's De oratore by Elaine Fantham( )

28 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 1,124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Roman World of Cicero's De Oratore aims to provide an accessible study of Cicero's first and fullest dialogue on the ideal orator-statesman. It illustrates the dialogue's achievement as a reflection of a civilized way of life and a brilliantly constructed literary unity, and considers the contribution made by Cicero's recommendations to the development of rhetoric and higher education at Rome. Because Cicero deliberately set his extended conversation in the generation of his childhood teachers, a study of the dialogue in its historical setting can show how the political and cultural life of this earlier period differed from Cicero's personal experience of the collapse of senatorial government, when the overwhelming power of the 'first triumvirate' forced him into political silence in the last decade of the Republic. After an introductory chapter reviewing Cicero's position on return from exile, chapters include a comparative study of the careers of M. Antonius and L. Licinius Crassus, protagonists of the dialogue, a discussion of Cicero's response to Plato's criticisms of rhetoric in the Gorgias and Phaedrus, and his debt to Aristotle's Rhetoric, analysis of the dialogue's treatment of Roman civil law, existing Latin structure and historical writing, Caesar Strabo's survey of the sources and application of humour, political eloquence in senate and contio, theories of direction and style, and the techniques of oral delivery. An epilogue looks briefly at Cicero's De re publica and Tacitus' Dialogus de oratoribus as reflections on the transformation of oratory and free (if oligarchic) republican government by debate to meet the context of the new autocracy."--Jacket
Virgil's Georgics by Publius Vergilius Maro( )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 1,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rendered in an idiom drawn from present-day nature guides, gardening handbooks, how-to manuals, and scientific treatisesand in a style influenced by twentieth-century poetrythis bold new translation seeks to renew our appreciation of a work often relegated to the pigeonhole of didactic poetry about farming. In doing so, it reveals the Georgics as a remarkable window on Roman conceptions of the natural world and of the place of human life within itand also conveys a sense of how daring were Virgil's poetics in their day. Footnotes offer a wealth of information on mythology, agriculture, wildlife, geography, and astronomy while highlighting the technical, scientific, ethnographic, and other registers of the poem
Literary and educational writings, 7 by Desiderius Erasmus( )

15 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in English and held by 1,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This final volume in the Literary and Educational Writings contains diverse woks spanning a generation
Roman literary culture : from Cicero to Apuleius by Elaine Fantham( Book )

17 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scholars of ancient literature have often focused on the works and lives of major authors rather than on such questions as how these works were produced and who read them and under what circumstances. In Roman Literary Culture Elaine Fantham fills that gap by examining the changing social and historical context of literary production in ancient Rome and its empire. Fantham discusses the habits of Roman readers and developments in their means of access to literature, from booksellers and copyists to pirated publications and libraries. She examines the issues of patronage and the utility of literature. She shows how the constraints of the physical object itself - the ancient "book"--Influenced the practice of both reading and writing. And she explores the ways in which ancient criticism and critical attitudes reflected cultural assumptions of the time
Julia Augusti : the Emperor's daughter by Elaine Fantham( )

17 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Julia, the only daughter of Emperor Augustus, became a living example of the Augustan policy. By her marriage and motherhood she encapsulated the Augustan reforms of Rome and helped secure a dynasty. An unidentified scandal, disorted or concelaed in the ancient sources which led to her summary banishment, has discredited Julia, or at least clothed her in mystery. However, studying the abundant historical evidence available, this biography illustrates each stage of Julia's life in remarkable detail. Reflecting new attitudes, and casting fresh light on their social reality, this outstanding biography will delight, entertain and inform anyone interested in this engaging Classical figure."--Jacket
Comparative studies in Republican Latin imagery by Elaine Fantham( Book )

11 editions published between 1972 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of all stylistic devices, imagery has the greatest appeal to the imagination, but is also the most likely to offend, either by staleness or by tasteless excess. This volume establishes some of the limitations which govern figurative language in Latin speech and prose by exploring such questions as these: From what physical or social contexts is Latin imagery derived? To what extent is it influenced by the primacy of Greek as a cultural language and the derivation of the earliest Latin literature from Greek models? How are the metaphors expressed in terms of syntax, through verb, noun, adjective, or a combination of syntactical forms? How are the form and content of imagery related to the literary genre? In this study Professor Fantham analyses in detail the conservative imagery of Terence and of Cicero's letters, contrasting this naturalistic language with the fantasies of Plautus and the formalization of Cicero's speeches. A separate chapter on the de Oratore shows how the thematic and structural use of metaphor and analogy provide balance and continuity, giving Latin prose imagery its full role in a mature classical work of art. Numerous illustrative passages from Greek New Comedy, Terence, Plautus, and Cicero are reproduced in the text
Literary and educational writings by Desiderius Erasmus( Book )

4 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Emperor Nero : a guide to the ancient sources by Anthony A Barrett( )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nero's reign (AD 54-68) witnessed some of the most memorable events in Roman history, such as the rebellion of Boudica and the first persecution of the Christians--not to mention Nero's murder of his mother, his tyranny and extravagance, and his suicide, which plunged the empire into civil war. The Emperor Nero gathers into a single collection the major sources for Nero's life and rule, providing students of Nero and ancient Rome with the most authoritative and accessible reader there is. The Emperor Nero features clear, contemporary translations of key literary sources along with translations and explanations of representative inscriptions and coins issued under Nero. The informative introduction situates the emperor's reign within the history of the Roman Empire, and the book's concise headnotes to chapters place the source material in historical and biographical context. Passages are accompanied by detailed notes and are organized around events, such as the Great Fire of Rome, or by topic, such as Nero's relationships with his wives. Complex events like the war with Parthia--split up among several chapters in Tacitus's Annals--are brought together in continuous narratives, making this the most comprehensible and user-friendly sourcebook on Nero available."--Publisher's description
The Oxford encyclopedia of ancient Greece and Rome( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome is the clearest and most accessible guide to the world of classical antiquity ever produced. This multivolume reference work is a comprehensive overview of the major cultures of the classical Mediterranean world--Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman--from the Bronze Age to the fifth century CE. It also covers the legacy of the classical world and its interpretation and influence in subsequent centuries. The Encyclopedia brings the work of the best classical scholars, archaeologists, and historians together in an easy-to-use format. The articles, written by leading scholars in the field, seek to convey the significance of the people, places, and historical events of classical antiquity, together with its intellectual and material culture. Broad overviews of literature, history, archaeology, art, philosophy, science, and religion are complimented by articles on authors and their works, literary genres and periods, historical figures and events, archaeologists and archaeological sites, artists and artistic themes and materials, philosophers and philosophical schools, scientists and scientific areas, gods, heroes, and myths. - Publisher
De bello civili by Marcus Annaeus Lucanus( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2002 in English and Latin and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this edition Professor Fantham offers the first full-scale commentary on the neglected second book of Lucan's epic poem on the war between Caesar and Pompey: De bello civili. Book II presents all three leading figures - Cato, Caesar and Pompey - in speech and action. It expresses the moral and political dilemma of civil war and portrays Pompey's loss of authority during his withdrawal from Italy in language designed to evoke and cancel Virgil's heroic presentation of the foundation myth of Aeneas. It is a book rich in the history and geography of Roman Italy, including the retrospective narrative of Marius' and Sulla's reigns of civil terror at Rome, an unusual wedding scene, a verbal map of Italy, and a swift-paced narrative of Caesar's blockade and Pompey's Dunkirk-like evacuation of the republican forces from Brundisium." "In her introduction Professor Fantham gives a general account of Lucan's life and work, and continues with a discussion of his narrative and interpretation of Caesar's military 'invasion' of Italy covering books I and II, a survey of language, style and metre, and a brief history of the text."--Jacket
Fasti by Ovide( Book )

20 editions published in 1998 in 3 languages and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ovid's Fasti, begun in or soon after AD I, was to have celebrated the calendar and associated legends of the Roman year, but probably had reached no further than June before his exile in AD 8. Book IV, the book of April, honours the festivals of Venus, Cybele, Ceres and their cult, as well as the traditional date of the foundation of Rome and many religious and civic anniversaries. Elaine Fantham accompanies her commentary with a revised text and a deliberately extended introduction. Besides including surveys of language, style, versification and textual transmission, the introduction looks at the shifting generic traditions of Greek and Roman elegy, and situates Ovid's composite poem in its Augustan literary and historical context
Vergil's Aeneid : Augustan epic and political context by Hans-Peter Stahl( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of 14 papers in which contributors use diverging critical methods on a selection of extracts from Vergil's epic, with the examination of political references in the work being prominent, as well as the question of the Aeneid's central meaning. -- Amazon.com
Roman literary culture : from Plautus to Macrobius by Elaine Fantham( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Added chapters in this edition extend the time of coverage both forward and backward, though the bulk of the bulk still covers Latin literature from 50 BCE to 150 CE
 
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Women in the classical world : image and text
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Ovid's MetamorphosesLetters from a Stoic : Epistulae morales ad LuciliumRoman readings : Roman response to Greek literature from Plautus to Statius and QuintilianLatin poets and Italian godsThe Roman world of Cicero's De oratoreVirgil's GeorgicsRoman literary culture : from Cicero to ApuleiusJulia Augusti : the Emperor's daughter
Alternative Names
Elaine Fantham britische Klassische Philologin

Elaine Fantham British classical philologist

Elaine Fantham Brits klassiek filologe

Elaine Fantham filologa, latinista e critica letteraria inglese

Fantham, E.

Fantham, E. 1933-

Fantham E. 1933-2016

Fantham, E. (Elaine), 1933-2016

Fantham, Elaine

Fantham, R. Elaine

Fantham, R. Elaine 1933-

Fantham R. Elaine‏ 1933-2016

Fantham, R. Elaine (Rosamund Elaine), 1933-2016

Fantham, Rosamund Elaine

Fantham, Rosamund Elaine 1933-

Fantham Rosamund Elaine‏ 1933-2016

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