Iusti Lipsii Saturnalium Sermonum Libri Duo, Qui de Gladiatoribus

Iusti Lipsii Saturnalium Sermonum Libri Duo, Qui de Gladiatoribus : Lipsius' Saturnaliengesprache, eine Textkritische Ausgabe mit Ubersetzung, Einfuhrung und Anmerkungen

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In the Saturnalian dialogues (1582) Lipsius describes all aspects of the gladiatorial combats. This theme fits perfectly well into his other historiographical works about roman customs and institutions, but above all he presents the gladiators as enlightening examples in his stoic ethical theory. Lipsius bespricht in den Saturnaliengesprache (1582) hauptsachlich die Gladiatorenspiele. Dieses Thema schliesst an bei Lipsius' anderen historiographischen Werken uber romische Gebrauche und Einrichtungen, vor allem aber verwendet er die Gladiatoren als leuchtende Vorbilder um seiner stoischen Lehre Nachdruck zu verleihen.

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  • Hardback | 476 pages
  • 164 x 248 x 32mm | 920.79g
  • 30 Aug 2011
  • Brill
  • Leiden
  • English, German, Latin, Multiple languages
  • New.
  • 9004201521
  • 9789004201521

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Andrea Steenbeek, Master's in Altphilologie und Philosophie, Promotion in 1994 (Erasmus'Apologia against Jacques Lefevre d' Etaples, ASD IX,3) in Theologie, Universitat Leiden, publizierte verschiedene Artikel uber intellectuelle Ideen von Erasmus, Lefevre und Lipsius. Andrea Steenbeek, Master's in Classics and Philosophy, Ph.D. (1994 Erasmus' Apologia against Jacques Lefevre d' Etaples, ASD IX,3) in Theology, University of Leiden, has published several articles on the intellectual ideas of Erasmus, Lefevre and Lipsius.

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This edition is to be welcomed for presenting an important Neo-Latin text in a modern dress, along with a good translation and useful explanatory remarks. Marc Laureys, Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 65, No. 2, pp. 506-508.

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Thema von Lipsius "Saturnaliengespr che" (1582) sind die Gladiatorenspiele. Alle Aspekte werden beleuchtet, zum Beispiel, welche Arten Gladiatoren es gab: da waren Kriminelle, aber auch hohe Beamte dabei, die manchmal freiwillig als Gladiatoren funktionierten. Die detaillierte Beschreibung schlie t gut an bei seinen anderen historiographischen Werken, wie "De Amphitheatro" (1584). Am Ende der "Saturnaliengespr che" steht eine schwungvolle Rede ber die bewundernswerten Best ndigkeit der Gladiatoren. Lipsius spricht in verschiedenen Briefen ber sie als leuchtende Vorbilder. Das passt zu seinem Vorhaben, die Stoa von Neuem bekannt zu machen. Er hatte dabei Erfolg, denn seine stoische Lehre erhielt viel Zuh rerschaft. "De Constantia," das er 1584 zum ersten Mal publizierte, erfuhr zahllose Auflagen und bersetzungen. In his "Saturnalian dialogues" (1582) Lipsius describes all aspects of gladiatorial combat, for example, that a great variety of people criminals but also highly placed officials took part in the combats, sometimes as volunteers. This detailed description fits into Lipsius other historiographical works, such as "De Amphitheatro," published in 1584. After an elaborate exposition about gladiators, in the last chapter of the "Saturnalian dialogues" he gives an impassioned speech about their admirable constancy despite extremely hard circumstances. In several letters he also refers to them as proper models to be imitated. Lipsius main aim was the promotion of his Stoic ethic. His attempts were successful: "De Constantia," first published in 1584, has gone through a large number of reprints, editions and translations.

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