In this volume distinguished scholars from both sides of the Atlantic explore the work of Tacitus in its historical and literary context and also show how his text was interpreted in the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. Discussed here, for example, are the ways predilections of a particular age color one's reading of a complex author and why a reexamination of these influences is necessary to understand both the author and those who have interpreted him. All of the essays were first prepared for a colloquium on Tacitus held at Princeton University in March 1990. The resulting volume is dedicated to the memory of the great Tacitean scholar Sir Ronald Syme. The contributors are G. W. Bowersock ("Tacitus and the Province of Asia"), T. J. Luce ("Reading and Response in the Dialogus"), Elizabeth Keitel ("Speech and Narrative in Histories 4"), Christopher Pelling ("Tacitus and Germanicus"), Judith Ginsburg ("In maiores certamina: Past and Present in the Annals"), A. J. Woodman ("Amateur Dramatics at the Court of Nero"), Mark Morford ("Tacitean Prudentia and the Doctrines of Justus Lipsius"), Donald R. Kelley ("Tacitus Noster: The Germania in the Renaissance and Reformation"), and Howard D. Weinbrot ("Politics, Taste, and National Identity: Some Uses of Tacitism in Eighteenth-Century Britain"). Originally published in 1993. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
A path-breaking work at last available in paper, History, Medicine, and the Traditions of Renaissance Learning is Nancy G. Siraisi’s examination of the intersections of medically trained authors and history from 1450 to 1650. Rather than studying medicine and history as separate traditions, Siraisi calls attention to their mutual interaction in the rapidly changing world of Renaissance erudition. With remarkably detailed scholarship, Siraisi investigates doctors’ efforts to explore the legacies handed down to them from ancient medical and anatomical writings.
History casts a spell on our minds more powerful than science or religion. It does not root us in the past at all. It rather flatters us with the belief in our ability to recreate the world in our image. It is a form of self-assertion that brooks no opposition or dissent and shelters us from the experience of time. So argues Constantin Fasolt in The Limits of History, an ambitious and pathbreaking study that conquers history's power by carrying the fight into the center of its domain. Fasolt considers the work of Hermann Conring (1606-81) and Bartolus of Sassoferrato (1313/14-57), two antipodes in early modern battles over the principles of European thought and action that ended with the triumph of historical consciousness. Proceeding according to the rules of normal historical analysis—gathering evidence, putting it in context, and analyzing its meaning—Fasolt uncovers limits that no kind of history can cross. He concludes that history is a ritual designed to maintain the modern faith in the autonomy of states and individuals. God wants it, the old crusaders would have said. The truth, Fasolt insists, only begins where that illusion ends. With its probing look at the ideological underpinnings of historical practice, The Limits of History demonstrates that history presupposes highly political assumptions about free will, responsibility, and the relationship between the past and the present. A work of both intellectual history and historiography, it will prove invaluable to students of historical method, philosophy, political theory, and early modern European culture.
Through a commanding view extending over 5,000 years, Jan Assmann explores the connections between religion, culture and memory in ten essays.
Mit dem vorliegenden Band widmet sich Dieter Flach dem Dialogus des Cornelius Tacitus. In einer ausfuehrlichen Einleitung ordnet der Herausgeber den Text in das Gesamtwerk seines Verfassers ein. Flach arbeitet das Anliegen des Tacitus heraus, das er mit seiner Schrift verfolgt, und die Rollen, die er den Teilnehmern des Streitgesprachs zuweist. In der Textausgabe vermeidet Flach alle tiefen und unnotigen Eingriffe in das Werk. Zahlebige Deutungsfehler werden berichtigt und behutsame Verbesserungen vorgeschlagen, die Flach im Fuanotenapparat und in knappen Zusatzen zu seiner Ubersetzung erlautert und begruendet. Nachvollziehbar klart er Streit- und Zweifelsfragen in der deutschen Wiedergabe des lateinischen Wortlauts.
Nicht nur Individuen, sondern auch Kulturen bilden ein Gedächtnis aus, um Identitäten herzustellen, Legitimation zu gewinnen und Ziele zu bestimmen. Aleida Assmann fragt nach den verschiedenen Aufgaben kultureller Erinnerung, ihren Medien (wie Schrift, Bilder oder Denkmäler) sowie nach den Formen des Umgangs mit gespeicherten Wissen, bei denen neben Politik und Wissenschaft auch der Kunst eine wachsende Bedeutung zukommt. „Bei ihrem reichhaltigen Streifzug durch die Kulturgeschichte zeichnet Aleida Assmann die Bedeutung von Erinnerung bei Projekten der Identitätsbildung nach. ... Der emotional ergreifendste, aber auch politisch brisanteste Aspekt dieses Rundgangs taucht auf jenen Seiten auf, wo die Nähe von Erinnerung und Situationen des Schocks oder Katastrophen ausgeleuchtet wird.“ Elisabeth Bronfen, Süddeutsche Zeitung
Ein literarhistorischer Versuch.

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