Volume 2 Issue 2
1. G. Ziethen, “Sweets without taboo – about food at the human and celestial table.” (2014) Vol. 2, Iss. 2 pp. 1-10
This article deals with the subject of history of nutrition in Antiquity as well as with surviving traditions of preparing special sweets in Mediterranean and Near Eastern practices. Especially in case of sweets named “halwa” we can find Mediterranean, Arabian and Indian traditions by using ingredients which are defined by special nutrition factors as well as by special religious meaning. Mentioned as components of the so-called antique symposia such sweets survived until modern times thanks to their former religious importance as food without taboo that could be enjoyed regardless of individual religious believes or preferences.
2. D. Štrmelj “WHERE WERE PSEUDO-SKYLAX’S TRIERAS HEADING? Conflict and trade in the Eastern Adriatic during the first millennium B.C.” (2014) Vol. 2, Iss. 2 pp.11-27
The aim of this paper is to investigate one passage from Pseudo-Skylax’s Periplus that explains that the Naro River is navigable for trieras. Through the critique of archaeological and written evidence and the use of deductive reasoning, the author reconstructs the relations between various polities on the South-eastern Adriatic from Archaic to Hellenistic period and the political and economic context of Periplus.. According to the new interpretations of the Periplusthat emphasize the authenticity of presented data, the author concludes that this information pertains to times of ‘pre-colonial’ encounters or perhaps even from times of early colonization (i.e. from 5th till mid 4th century BC), thus the mentioned trieras were probably Corcyran or Syracusian.
3. D. Elsalam, “Appropriation of Mythology in Ibrahim Abd Elmeguid’s Clouds over Alexandria: An Intertextual Analysis”, (2014) Vol. 2, Iss. 2, pp. 28-42
This paper gives an intertextual analysis of Ibrahim Abd Elmeguid’s novel Clouds over Alexandria, which happens to be the last novel of his trilogy about his hometown Alexandria. An intertextual analysis of a text often entails examining its meaning in light of other texts which are incorporated in it through parody, pastiche, citation, paraphrase, allusion, imitation, translation, to name but a few. The incorporated texts could be anything ranging from written works to fables, myth, paintings, songs, or movies since the word “text” has become an inclusive term of late. In his historical novel Clouds over Alexandria, which happens to be the last of his Alexandrian trilogy, Ibrahim Abd Elmeguid historicizes an important socio-political juncture in the history of the city, albeit a sad one which signals the downfall of the once cosmopolitan city and the rise of a less tolerant and colourful entity in its place during the Sadat regime in the seventies. Being a historical novel, Clouds over Alexandria understandably incorporates political and cultural elements. Interestingly, it is also infused with mythical overtones, the latter being a clear reference to the Hellenistic origin of the city and its Graeco-Roman heritage. Zeus, Europa, Antaeus, Hercules, Gaia and Alexander the Great permeate the fabric of the novel through mythological tales narrated lovingly and reverently by the characters. It is the aim of this paper to give an intertextual analysis of the artistic and ideological appropriation of those myths in an attempt to determine their significance or otherwise to the novel and the extent to which they are integrated into its structure.
4. M. Fontaine, review: Beard, Mary. Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up”, Vol. 2, Iss. 2 (2014) 43-47
Beard, Mary. Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up. Sather Classical Lectures, 71.Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2014. Pp. 336. Binding: Hardcover. ISBN: 978-0520277168