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James Jope, independent scholar in Classics



For my profile, click here. For my complete bibliography, click here.

 

A sourcebook for Roman civilisation?

A retrospective review of Henri Bardon, Le génie latin, Latomus Collection vol. LXV Revue d’Études latines, 1963

This erudite popularization of Roman civilization offers an interpretation of the Roman mentality and values: love of the land, patriotism, fluctuation between Reason and the irrational, humanitas, and a melancholic obsession with death. The shift of focus from political history to more serious matters was progressive, but it is not the book’s most important feature today. Read my review here.

A series relating science and Classics:


Climate change, DNA, and the Roman Empire—these are the subjects of two works: I review Walter Scheidel, The Science of Roman History (2018) and post the complete text of M. Eleanor Irwin, The olive as an indicator of climate change in the Roman agricultural writers, a paper submitted to the 2018 annual meeting of the CAC. Read them both here.

I've reviewed Richard Carrier's The Scientist in the Early Roman Empire for classicists here.

"Aristotle and Biology" is a comparative review of two very different recent publications on this subject, one by philosophers and the other by a biologist.. See it here.


Featured papers


My contribution on ancient philosophy, Platonic and Roman Influence on Stoic and Epicurean Sexual Ethics, appears in Blackwell's Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities

Authenticity of the Lucianic Erotes: This paper, which began with a presentation at a conference on the Second Sophistic at Laval University in 2007, argues for the authenticity of the work by Lucian. It is published in the Spring 2011 issue of Helios. You can also read it here.

My Helios article on "Lucian's Triumphant Cinaedus and Rogue Lovers" is here.

 "A Latinist looks at Botanical Latin": Text of a paper read at the APA annual meeting in 2005. To read this, please click here.

“Lucretius’ Psychoanalytic insight: his notion of Unconscious Motivation”, Phoenix 37 (1983) 224-238: A special version of this article with translations of the Latin is posted on this site. Click here.



Featured Book Reviews


The review of James Davidson "The Greeks and Greek Love" published under my name in Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide May 2008 was so badly distorted by editorial interference that it does not reflect my view and I disavow it. To read my actual review of Davidson, click here.

My review of Werner Krenkel’s collected papers, Naturalia non turpia, is published in Mouseion Series III, vol. 7, 2007, no. 3, 277-282.  It is available at “Project Muse”, but can also be seen here.

My review of Arnold A. Lelis, William A. Percy, and Beert C. Verstraete, The Age of Marriage in Ancient Rome, (here). 


My review of G.E.R. Lloyd, The Delusions of Invulnerability: Wisdom and Morality in Ancient Greece, China and Today, is published online in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review. This review was written in collaboration with sinologist H. Lyman Miller. To read it, click here.

My review of Geert Roskam, Live Unnoticed (Lathe biosas): On the Vicissitudes of an Epicurean Doctrine, is published in Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews. To read it, click here.

My review of Adam Bartley, A Lucian for Our Times, is published in Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews. To read it, click
here.

My review of Wolfgang Kullmann, Naturgesetz in der Vorstellung der Antike, besonders der Stoa: eine Begriffsuntersuchung. Philosophie der Antike can be read here.


Donald Lateiner et al., Roman Literature, Gender and Reception (Festschrift for Judith Hallett) is reviewed here.

Rosario Moreno Soldevila, Juan Martos (ed.), Amor y sexo en la literatura latina. Suplementos de Exemplaria Classica, 4. is reviewed here.


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