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Lectio (LECTIO 7)

Concepts of Ideal Rulership from Antiquity to the Renaissance

G. Roskam, S. Schorn (eds.)
approx. 350 p., 156 x 234 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-58077-7
Languages: English, French, German
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Ancient works On Kingship have received a great deal of attention in recent scholarship, where the focus is usually on the classic texts. In this volume, we deliberately turn to the periphery, to authors who deal with analogous problems in other contexts, authors who also address powerful rulers or developed ideals of right rulership but who choose very different literary genres to do so, or works on kingship that have almost been forgotten. The selection of peripheral texts from Antiquity to the Renaissance also reveals patterns in the long evolution of the tradition.
Ancient works On Kingship have received a lot of attention in recent scholarship, where the main focus is usually on classic works such as Seneca’s On Clemency, Isocrates’ Cyprian Orations or Dio of Prusa’s Kingship Orations. In this volume, we deliberately turn to the periphery, to the grey zone where matters usually prove more complicated. This volume focuses on authors who deal with analogous problems and raise similar questions in other contexts, authors who also address powerful rulers or developed ideals of right rulership but who choose very different literary genres to do so, or works on kingship that have almost been forgotten. Departing from well-trodden paths, we hope to contribute to the scholarly debate by bringing in new relevant material and confront it with well-known and oft-discussed classics. This confrontation even throws a new light upon the very notion of ‘mirrors for princes’. Moreover, the selection of peripheral texts from Antiquity to the Renaissance reveals several patterns in the evolution of the tradition over a longer period of time.

Geert Roskam teaches ancient Greek literature at KU Leuven (Belgium). He has published several books on Hellenistic and Imperial philosophy.

Stefan Schorn teaches Ancient History at KU Leuven (Belgium). He is editor-in-chief of “Die Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker IV: Biography and Antiquarian Literature”.
Interest Classification:
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
Linguistics

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