Tucidide

Author: Luciano Canfora
Editor: Gius.Laterza & Figli Spa
ISBN: 8858124995
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Chi è Tucidide? Il bravo generale punito da Ateniesi esasperati e folli? Oppure un uomo che mente e sapientemente occulta le proprie responsabilità? Luciano Canfora attacca la leggenda tucididea per ricostruire la vera figura e la vera sorte che toccò al padre della storiografia, così come oggi la conosciamo. Tucidide – uomo politico ateniese, comandante militare, appaltatore delle miniere d'oro che Atene occupava in Tracia – è stato il principale testimone e narratore della 'grande guerra' che oppose Atene a Sparta (431-404 a.C.): un immane conflitto che segnò l'inizio del declino della Grecia classica. Tucidide non amava la democrazia ma seppe convivere col secolare regime democratico, fino al momento in cui, nel 411 a.C., un sanguinoso colpo di Stato portò al potere i suoi amici oligarchi. Cosa accadde allora a Tucidide? Si schierò con l'oligarchia? Dovette eclissarsi al crollo del breve regime oligarchico? Certo è che, proprio con i fatti di quel terribile 411 a.C., la sua Storia – narrazione giorno per giorno della lunga guerra tra Spartani e Ateniesi – si interrompe. Questa coincidenza è il punto di partenza, e forse la chiave, per dipanare la sua vera vicenda biografica, offuscata da una massiccia leggenda che fa di lui o un incompetente mentitore o la vittima di una colossale, inspiegabile ingiustizia, culminata in una improbabile condanna a morte. L'opera di Tucidide rimase incompiuta o meglio per alcune parti solo abbozzata. Ma si salvò: perché finì nelle mani di un avventuriero di genio, Senofonte, anche lui ateniese, che in politica s'era trovato dalla stessa sua parte. È a costui che dobbiamo la salvezza di un racconto che ha sancito per millenni come si scrive la storia. «Di tutta la storiografia antica a noi giunta, l'opera di Tucidide ateniese è la sola che racconti quasi esclusivamente fatti contemporanei, visti – com'egli rivendica – e verificati, storia vivente. È la storia di una lunga guerra, di una rovinosa 'guerra generale' che coinvolse gran parte del mondo greco. Impresa titanica, se si considera, oltre che la durata del conflitto, l'ampiezza del teatro di operazioni. Tucidide racconta la vicenda bellica via via nel suo farsi, con attenzione costante anche agli effetti dirompenti della guerra nella politica interna soprattutto di Atene. Tucidide, cui dobbiamo l'invenzione della storiografia quale tuttora la pratichiamo, fu innanzi tutto un ricco e potente signore. La sua forza erano solidi interessi economici e rapporti politici nel Nord della Grecia: in Tracia, zona nevralgica per l'impero ateniese.»

Democracy In Europe

Author: Luciano Canfora
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405154594
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This history traces the development of democracy in Europe from its origins in ancient Greece up to the present day. Considers all the major watersheds in the development of democracy in modern Europe. Describes the rediscovery of Ancient Greek political ideals by intellectuals at the end of the eighteenth century. Examines the twenty-year crisis from 1789 to 1815, when the repercussions of revolution in France were felt across the European continent. Explains how events in France led to the explosion of democratic movements between 1830 and 1848. Compares the different manifestations of democracy within Eastern and Western Europe during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Considers fascism and its consequences for democracy in Europe during the twentieth century. Demonstrates how in the recent past democracy itself has become the object of ideological battles.

Julius Caesar

Author: Luciano Canfora
Editor:
ISBN: 9780748619368
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This book is a splendid profile of an extraordinary man, and a radically new interpretation of one of the most controversial figures in history.Caesar played a leading role in the politics and culture of a world empire, dwarfing his contemporaries in ambition, achievement and appetite. For that, he has occupied a central place in the political imagination of Europe ever since. Yet he remains something of an enigma, struck down by his own lieutenants because he could be neither comprehended nor contained. In surviving evidence he emerges as incommensurate and nonpareil, just beyond the horizons of contemporary political thought and understanding.The result of Luciano Canfora's many years of research is a fascinating portrait of the Roman dictator, combining the evidence of political history and psychology. The product of a comprehensive study of the ancient sources, it paints an astonishingly detailed portrait of a complex personality whose mission of 'Romanisation' lies at the root of modern Europe.Key Features* Easy, engaging and pleasurable to read* About 42 chronological studies of events create a full portrait of Caesar and the contemporary Roman background* Space is devoted to the details surrounding his assassination

Sociologia E Antisociologia

Author: Salvatore Palidda
Editor: libreriauniversitaria.it Edizioni
ISBN: 8862927452
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The Vanished Library

Author: Luciano Canfora
Editor: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520072558
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Recreates the world of ancient Egypt, describes how the Library of Alexandria was created, and speculates on its destruction

Die Get Uschte Wissenschaft

Author: Andreas E. Müller
Editor: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISBN: 3847007149
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Konstantinos Simonides (1820/1824–1867?) war ein griechischer Fälscher, der nicht nur jahrhundertealte Handschriften abschrieb und nachbildete. Er erfand auch antike Autoren und veröffentlichte deren vermeintliche Werke, in denen er die Griechen das Papier, die Fotografie und sogar das U-Boot erfinden ließ. Wie ein Orkan fuhr er durch die Welt der klassischen Altertumswissenschaften und stellte alles, was darin wohlgeordnet schien, gehörig auf den Kopf. Bis heute stellt sich die Frage: Will die Welt betrogen sein? Die hier versammelten Texte sind der detailreiche wie breit angelegte Versuch einer Gruppe internationaler Forscher, sich diesem und weiteren Aspekten einer faszinierenden Fälschertätigkeit zu stellen und dem Wirken und Leben des Simonides auf die Spur zu kommen. Konstantinos Simonides (1820/1824–1867?) was a Greek forger. Not only did he copy and replicate century-old manuscripts, he also invented authors from antiquity and published their supposed works, according to which he had the Greeks inventing paper, photography and even the submarine. He wreaked havoc throughout the world of classical antiquity – like a hurricane, upturning everything that was in good order along the way. To this day, the question remains: does the world want to be deceived? This collection of writings shows the detailed and broad-based attempt of a group of international researchers to confront this and many other aspects of the fascinating work of a forger, as well as to trace the work and life of Simonides himself.

Private Renaissance

Author: Maria Bellonci
Editor: William Morrow
ISBN:
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Sumptuous novel centering on the life of sixteenth-century Italian Isabella D'Este.

The Manuscript Found In Saragossa

Author: Jan Potocki
Editor: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141914130
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Alphonse, a young Walloon officer, is travelling to join his regiment in Madrid in 1739. But he soon finds himself mysteriously detained at a highway inn in the strange and varied company of thieves, brigands, cabbalists, noblemen, coquettes and gypsies, whose stories he records over sixty-six days. The resulting manuscript is discovered some forty years later in a sealed casket, from which tales of characters transformed through disguise, magic and illusion, of honour and cowardice, of hauntings and seductions, leap forth to create a vibrant polyphony of human voices. Jan Potocki (1761-1812) used a range of literary styles - gothic, picaresque, adventure, pastoral, erotica - in his novel of stories-within-stories, which, like the Decameron and Tales from the Thousand and One Nights, provides entertainment on an epic scale.

Mediterraneo Una Storia Di Conflitti

Author: Luciano Canfora
Editor: LIT EDIZIONI
ISBN: 8869448444
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Platone scrive, in un passo famosissimo del Fedone, che il Mediterraneo è solo una piccola parte della terra, in cui abitiamo come formiche o rane intorno a uno stagno. Le rane intorno al Mediterraneo rappresentano il conflitto permanente che si snoda e si sviluppa in quest'area del mondo.

Vivid Faces The Revolutionary Generation In Ireland 1890 1923

Author: R. F. Foster
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393245926
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A masterful history of Ireland’s Easter Rising told through the lives of ordinary people who forged a revolutionary generation. On Easter Monday, 1916, Irish rebels poured into Dublin’s streets to proclaim an independent republic. Ireland’s long struggle for self-government had suddenly become a radical and bloody fight for independence from Great Britain. Irish nationalists mounted a week-long insurrection, occupying public buildings and creating mayhem before the British army regained control. The Easter Rising provided the spark for the Irish revolution, a turning point in the violent history of Irish independence. In this highly original history, acclaimed scholar R. F. Foster explores the human dimension of this pivotal event. He focuses on the ordinary men and women, Yeats’s “vivid faces,” who rose “from counter or desk among grey / Eighteenth-century houses” and took to the streets. A generation made, not born, they rejected the inherited ways of the Church, their bourgeois families, and British rule. They found inspiration in the ideals of socialism and feminism, in new approaches to love, art, and belief. Drawing on fresh sources, including personal letters and diaries, Foster summons his characters to life. We meet Rosamond Jacob, who escaped provincial Waterford for bustling Dublin. On a jaunt through the city she might visit a modern art gallery, buy cigarettes, or read a radical feminist newspaper. She could practice the Irish language, attend a lecture on Freud, or flirt with a man who would later be executed for his radical activity. These became the roots of a rich life of activism in Irish and women’s causes. Vivid Faces shows how Rosamond and her peers were galvanized to action by a vertiginous sense of transformation: as one confided to his diary, “I am changing and things around me change.” Politics had fused with the intimacies of love and belief, making the Rising an event not only of the streets but also of the hearts and minds of a generation.