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The Language of Ruins (inbunden)

The Language of Ruins

Greek and Latin Inscriptions on the Memnon Colossus

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The first critical assessment of all the inscriptions discovered at the Memnon colossus considered in their social, cultural, and historical context.
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Campbell Price, Ancient Egypt Magazine A very readable account of a well-researched but relatively little-known subject area... This book is to be very highly recommended, blending as it does the Egyptian, Greek and Roman religious ideas and experiences.

Verity Platt, Cornell University In this brilliant study, one of antiquity's most exciting collections of inscriptions finally receives the thoughtful, comprehensive analysis it deserves, complete with a full text and translation. Patricia Rosenmeyer brings her deep knowledge of Greek literature to bear on the religious, poetic, and historical dimensions of the Memnon corpus, paying special attention to the role of women as authors and pilgrims, and to post-classical receptions of the monument. An
invaluable contribution to the history of cultural exchange during the Roman Empire.

Deborah Steiner, Columbia University Patricia Rosenmeyer's reading of the sources addresses issues that range from sacred tourism in the Roman Empire and the motives, status, and cultural conditioning of the Greek and Roman visitors to the site to the poetics of inscription, relations between the fragmentary and the colossal, and the erasure of Egypt in the extant sources. The final chapter updates this fascinating story, treating the rediscovery of the image by travelers of the eighteenth and
nineteenth centuries and the place it claimed in the European imaginary.

Froma Zeitlin, Princeton University The statue of Memnon in Egypt, whose voice, it is said, was heard at sunrise from its absent head, was a popular tourist site under the Empire, and an irresistible opportunity for inscription, ranging from graffiti to literary composition. Rosenmeyer, with charm and skill, follows the many traces of this uncanny story, from ancient to modern times.

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Patricia A. Rosenmeyer is Charles L. Paddison Professor of Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. .


List of Illustrations and Tables Acknowledgments Preface 1. Reading the Colossus: The Memnon Inscriptions 2. Worshipping the Colossus: Sacred Tourism at Thebes 3. Talking with the Colossus: The Rhetoric of Address 4. Homeric Memnon 5. Sapphic Memnon 6. Modern Memnon Appendices Bibliography Indexes