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A. D. Morrison

The letter collections of Greco-Roman antiquity dwarf in total size all of ancient drama or epic combined, but they have received far less attention than (say) the plays of Euripides or the epics of Homer or Virgil. Although classicists have long realised the crucial importance of the order and arrangement of poems into ‘poetry books’ for the reading and reception both of individual poems and the collection as a whole, the importance of order and arrangement in collections of letters and the consequences for their interpretation have long been neglected. This piece explores some of the most important Greek letter collections, such as the Letters attributed to Plato, and examines some of the key problems in studying and editing collections of such ancient letters.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
The pedagogical avant-gardism of Massine
Karlien van den Beukel

-reflexive dramatization of the creative process.’9 Olson, drawing on his own formative education in dance, begins composing dance plays – King of the Wood, The Born MUP_Herd_Printer.indd 287 21/11/2014 12:39 288 Section V: Space Dancer and Apollonius of Tyana – for students (both male and female) to perform at the College. Olson’s teaching thus becomes projected into a collaborative practice where the interpretative study of the plays would generate poetic knowledges even as the dance performance would be creatively engendered by the body of Black Mountain students themselves. The

in Contemporary Olson
Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff
Robert Hampson

projectors of that more chthonic, archaic thing which we, perhaps more than any two living beings, are living out, pushing the arc of, ahead’.68 As well as seeking to draw on chthonic energies, Olson also had to devise a method to deal with ‘that immediate past’. In his letter of 6 July, he had outlined the problem: ‘to devise some other method to accomplish coverage of the whole field of knowledge’.69 In his letter of 14 July, he introduced his ‘new friend, Apollonius of Tyana’ and the solution he embodied: ‘get back to yr local hero-god, take yr power up here, don’t buy

in Contemporary Olson
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The gendering of witchcraft
Lara Apps and Andrew Gow

overemphasis on women in ancient literary texts, which are far more likely to have been known to early modern authors than curse tablets, it is all the more striking to find Jean Bodin citing many ancient examples of male magic-users. In his preface to De la demonomanie des sorciers , Bodin lists, as sorciers , Orpheus, Aristeas the Proconnesian, Cleomedes the Astypalian, Hermotimus of Clazomenae, Apollonius of Tyana, and Romulus

in Male witches in early modern Europe