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Alma Parens Originalis?

The Receptions of Classical Literature and Thought in Africa, Europe, the United States, and Cuba

John Hilton and Anne Gosling

This original collection of articles, derived in part from the papers presented at the twenty-sixth biennial conference of the Classical Association of South Africa held at Durban and Pietermaritzburg 5-7 July 2005, explores a wide range of receptions of Classical ideas in the fiction, drama, poetry, history, opera, and popular culture of a number of countries from South Africa to Cuba. There is a strong emphasis on the use of Greek and Roman tragedy, especially Aeschylus Seven against Thebes, the Electra plays of Sophocles and Euripides, various reworkings of the figures of Antigone and Medea, and the dramatic style of Seneca, but the compendium also includes chapters on Platonism, Horatian Satire, Mythology, Roman Civilization, Roman Historiography, and Greek erotic spells. Chronologically, the scope of reception extends from the contemporary (the problem of HIV/AIDS in South Africa), to the twentieth century (Soyinka, Walcott, Forster, Seth, Campbell), and the Renaissance (Daniel Heinsius). The book illustrates the depth, diversity, and complexity of the interconnections between the Classical past and the present. It provides a refreshingly different perspective on a vitally important and vibrant field of research.
Contents: John Hilton: Introduction – Lorna Hardwick: Contests and Continuities in Classical Traditions: African Migrations – Betine van Zyl Smit: Medea in Afrikaans – William J. Dominik: Writing Power and Politics in Classically Derived Afrikaans Drama – Michael Lambert: Dr Mama Zainabu, Dr. Swadik, and Ancient Greek Curses and Spells – John Hilton: The Sacred Cities of the Mind: Roy Campbell and the Classics – Johnson O. Ige: Chief Bola Ige: The Making of a Classical Orator in Nigeria – Nikolai Endres: Plato, Platotude, and Blatancy in E. M. Forster’s Maurice – Anne Gosling: Dolphin Song: Poetry, Power, and Point in the Myth of Arion – Jan Bloemendal: Daniel Heinsius’s Herodes Infanticida (1632) as a Senecan Drama – Marianne Dircksen: Tacitean ‘Truth’: Quot Homines, Tot Sententiae – Bernhard Kytzler: Vive Precor: On the Nachleben of the Sphragis in Statius’ Thebaid – Anton van Hooff: From Voluntary Death to Self-murder: The Dialogue on Self-killing between Antiquity and Christian Europe – Isabelle Torrance: Brothers at War: Aeschylus in Cuba – Elke Steinmeyer: Elektra in the Marvel Universe.