The Praise Singer

Publisher : Hachette UK
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ISBN : 1405526246
Pages : 288 pages
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Download or read book The Praise Singer written by Mary Renault and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2015-08-06 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 'Mary Renault's portraits of the ancient world are fierce, complex and eloquent, infused at every turn with her life-long passion for the Classics. Her characters live vividly both in their own time, and in ours' MADELINE MILLER Mary Renault is a shining light to both historical novelists and their readers. She does not pretend the past is like the present, or that the people of ancient Greece were just like us. She shows us their strangeness; discerning, sure-footed, challenging our values, piquing our curiosity, she leads us through an alien landscape that moves and delights us' HILARY MANTEL In the story of the great lyric poet Simonides, Mary Renault brings alive a time in Greece when tyrants kept an unsteady rule and poetry, music, and royal patronage combined to produce a flowering of the arts. Born into a stern farming family on the island of Keos, Simonides escapes his harsh childhood through a lucky apprenticeship with a renowned Ionian singer. As they travel through 5th century B.C. Greece, Simonides learns not only how to play the kithara and compose poetry, but also how to navigate the shifting alliances surrounding his rich patrons. He is witness to the Persian invasion of Ionia, to the decadent reign of the Samian pirate king Polykrates, and to the fall of the Pisistratids in the Athenian court. Along the way, he encounters artists, statesmen, athletes, thinkers, and lovers, including the likes of Pythagoras and Aischylos. Using the singer's unique perspective, Renault combines her vibrant imagination and her formidable knowledge of history to establish a sweeping, resilient vision of a golden century. 'There's much to say about her interweaving of myth and history and, just as interestingly, there's much to wonder at in the way she fills in the large dark spaces where we know next to nothing about the times she describes . . . an important and wonderful writer . . . she set a course into serious-minded, psychologically intense historical fiction that today seems more important than ever' - Sam Jordison, Guardian

The Praise Singers and Other Plays

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Pages : 92 pages
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Download or read book The Praise Singers and Other Plays written by Pierre Eugène Meunier and published by . This book was released on 1992 with total page 92 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

The Praise Singer

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Pages : 312 pages
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Download or read book The Praise Singer written by Mary Renault and published by Pantheon. This book was released on 1978 with total page 312 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In the story of the great lyric poet Simonides, Mary Renault brings alive a time in Greece when tyrants kept an unsteady rule and poetry, music, and royal patronage combined to produce a flowering of the arts. Born into a stern farming family on the island of Keos, Simonides escapes his harsh childhood through a lucky apprenticeship with a renowned Ionian singer. As they travel through 5th century B.C. Greece, Simonides learns not only how to play the kithara and compose poetry, but also how to navigate the shifting alliances surrounding his rich patrons. He is witness to the Persian invasion of Ionia, to the decadent reign of the Samian pirate king Polykrates, and to the fall of the Pisistratids in the Athenian court. Along the way, he encounters artists, statesmen, athletes, thinkers, and lovers, including the likes of Pythagoras and Aischylos. Using the singer's unique perspective, Renault combines her vibrant imagination and her formidable knowledge of history to establish a sweeping, resilient vision of a golden century.

Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-singers

Publisher : University of Virginia Press
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ISBN : 0813933862
Pages : 213 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (813 users)

Download or read book Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-singers written by Wyatt MacGaffey and published by University of Virginia Press. This book was released on 2013 with total page 213 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Colonial anthropology and historical reconstruction -- Drum chant and the political uses of tradition -- Tindanas and chiefs : ethnography -- Chiefs and tindanas : making 'nam' -- Tamale : the Dakpema, the Gulkpe'Na, the Bugulana, and the law of the land -- Chiefs in the national arena.

The Praise Singer

Publisher : Virago Press
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ISBN : 9781844089604
Pages : 288 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (89 users)

Download or read book The Praise Singer written by Mary Renault and published by Virago Press. This book was released on 2015-08-06 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In the story of the great lyric poet Simonides, Mary Renault brings alive a time in Greece when tyrants kept an unsteady rule and poetry, music, and royal patronage combined to produce a flowering of the arts. Born into a stern farming family on the island of Keos, Simonides escapes his harsh childhood through a lucky apprenticeship with a renowned Ionian singer. As they travel through 5th century B.C. Greece, Simonides learns not only how to play the kithara and compose poetry, but also how to navigate the shifting alliances surrounding his rich patrons. He is witness to the Persian invasion of Ionia, to the decadent reign of the Samian pirate king Polykrates, and to the fall of the Pisistratids in the Athenian court. Along the way, he encounters artists, statesmen, athletes, thinkers, and lovers, including the likes of Pythagoras and Aischylos. Using the singer's unique perspective, Renault combines her vibrant imagination and her formidable knowledge of history to establish a sweeping, resilient vision of a golden century.

A Symposion of Praise

Publisher : Univ of Wisconsin Press
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ISBN : 0299207439
Pages : 344 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (299 users)

Download or read book A Symposion of Praise written by Timothy Johnson and published by Univ of Wisconsin Press. This book was released on 2005-03-07 with total page 344 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Ten years after publishing his first collection of lyric poetry, Odes I-III, Horace (65 B.C.-8 B.C.) returned to lyric and published another book of fifteen odes, Odes IV. These later lyrics, which praise Augustus, the imperial family, and other political insiders, have often been treated more as propaganda than art. But in A Symposion of Praise, Timothy Johnson examines the richly textured ambiguities of Odes IV that engage the audience in the communal or "sympotic" formulation of Horace's praise. Surpassing propaganda, Odes IV reflects the finely nuanced and imaginative poetry of Callimachus rather than the traditions of Aristotelian and Ciceronian rhetoric, which advise that praise should present commonly admitted virtues and vices. In this way, Johnson demonstrates that Horace's application of competing perspectives establishes him as Pindar's rival. Johnson shows the Horatian panegyrist is more than a dependent poet representing only the desires of his patrons. The poet forges the panegyric agenda, setting out the character of the praise (its mode, lyric, and content both positive and negative), and calls together a community to join in the creation and adaptation of Roman identities and civic ideologies. With this insightful reading, A Symposion of Praise will be of interest to historians of the Augustan period and its literature, and to scholars interested in the dynamics between personal expression and political power.

Landscapes, Sources and Intellectual Projects of the West African Past

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ISBN : 9004380183
Pages : 537 pages
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Download or read book Landscapes, Sources and Intellectual Projects of the West African Past written by and published by BRILL. This book was released on 2018-08-13 with total page 537 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Landscapes, Sources and Intellectual Projects of the West African Past outlines new directions in the historiography of West Africa. Its chapters explore new trends across regional and disciplinary fields with a focus on how political conjunctures influence source production and circulation.

In Praise of Black Women: Ancient African queens

Publisher : Univ of Wisconsin Press
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ISBN : 9780299172503
Pages : 170 pages
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Download or read book In Praise of Black Women: Ancient African queens written by Simone Schwarz-Bart and published by Univ of Wisconsin Press. This book was released on 2001 with total page 170 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Folk legends, oral tradition, stories, songs, and poems help recount the experiences of African women warriors from prehistory to the nineteenth century.

Praise Singer

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Download or read book Praise Singer written by and published by . This book was released on with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Ed Stephan presents a synopsis of "The Praise Singer," written by English author Mary Renault and originally published by Pantheon. The resource describes the people, animals, places, coins, and art used in ancient Greece, as well as provides maps of areas discussed in the novel.

The Cultural Context of Therapeutic Choice

Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
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ISBN : 9789027713445
Pages : 212 pages
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Download or read book The Cultural Context of Therapeutic Choice written by C. Sargent and published by Springer Science & Business Media. This book was released on 1982-03-31 with total page 212 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book examines the factors influencing women's choices of obstetrical care in a Bariba community in the People's Republic of Benin, West Africa. When selecting a research topic, I decided to investigate health care among the Bariba for several reasons. First, I had served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Benin (then Dahomey) and had established a network of contacts in the region. In addition, I had worked for a year as assistant manager of a pharmacy in a northern town and had become interested in the pattern of utilization of health care services by urban residents. This three-year residence proved an invaluable asset in preparing and conducting research in the northern region. In particular, I was able to establish relationships with several indigenous midwives whose families I already knew both from prior research experience and mutual friend ships. These relationships enabled me to obtain detailed information regarding obstetrical practice and thus form the foundation of this book. The fieldwork upon which the book is directly based was conducted between June 1976 and December 1977 and sponsored by the F ord-Rockefeller Popula tion Policy Program, the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, and the FUlbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Program. The Ford-Rockefeller Population Policy Program funded the project as a collab oration between myself and Professor Eusebe Alihonou, Professor Agrege (Gynecologie-Obstetrique) at the National University of Benin.

Engaging with a Legacy: Nehemia Levtzion (1935-2003)

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1317980905
Pages : 424 pages
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Download or read book Engaging with a Legacy: Nehemia Levtzion (1935-2003) written by E. Ann McDougall and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2014-06-11 with total page 424 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Engaging with a Legacy shows how Nehemia Levtzion shaped our understanding of Islam in Africa and influenced successive scholarly generations in their approach to Islamization, conversion and fundamentalism. The book illuminates his work, career and family life – including his own ‘life vision’ on the occasion of his 60th birthday. It speaks to his relationship with researchers at home and abroad as mentor, colleague and provocateur; in one section, several authors reflect on those dynamics in terms of personal and professional development. Levtzion’s contemporaries also speak of interactions with him (and his life-long companion, wife Tirza) in the 1950s and 1960s; we see in these writings the birth of West African historical studies. Levtzion’s arrival as Israeli graduate-student in Nkrumah’s Egyptian-leaning Ghana, and the debate over what ‘African Studies’ should mean in an environment that included the personal intervention of W.E.B. Du Bois, are stories told for the first time. Most poignant is the account of Levtzion’s commitment to building African Studies, complete with emphasis on Islam, in the heart of the Jewish state at The Hebrew University. His never-ending defence of the program reflected his determination to be both ‘engaged historian’ and ‘engaged Israeli’ – a legacy he chose for himself. Finally, an ‘Epilogue’ to the original publication shows how one aspect this legacy, Levtzion’s growing preoccupation with the ‘public sphere in Muslim societies’, has become even more relevant in ‘post-Arab Spring’ Africa and the Middle East. This book was published as a special issue of the Canadian Journal of African Studies.

The African Guardian

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Download or read book The African Guardian written by and published by . This book was released on 1986-07 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

New African

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Pages : 580 pages
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Download or read book New African written by and published by . This book was released on 2000 with total page 580 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Nigeria's Diverse Peoples

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ISBN : 1576076822
Pages : 291 pages
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Download or read book Nigeria's Diverse Peoples written by April A. Gordon and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2003-01-01 with total page 291 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Traces the cultural history of Nigeria, discussing social, religious, and economic struggles providing the past and present ethnic situation.

The Qualities of Time

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ISBN : 1000325342
Pages : 392 pages
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Download or read book The Qualities of Time written by Wendy James and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2020-08-19 with total page 392 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book explores the relevance of classical ideas in the anthropology of time tothe way we understand history, participate in the events around us, and experienceour lives. Time is not just an abstract principle we live by or a local cultural construct: it is shaped, punctuated, organized, and suffered in complex ways by real people negotiating their lives and relations with others. Space may be opened up for politics, violence or revolutionary change within the framework of ceremonial markers of social time: holy days, festivals and carnivals. People create and recreate patterns in the way they imagine the past, present and future at such moments, through material objects, language, symbolic action and bodily experience. The rhythms of social life, including periodic episodes of sacred or special time, interact with 'historical events' in strange ways. They are fundamental not only to the human condition but to the making andremembering of history, as well as to what we recognize as the unexpected or abnormal. The Qualities of Time brings anthropologists and archaeologists together in a new conversation about the 'patterns' of our understanding and experience of time. The authors reflect on how we should interpret evidence about the distant past, andhow far the structuring of social time is a human universal. They also consider whether anthropology itself has been so oriented to the present it has still to develop ways of dealing with temporality. The interactions of time-structures, ceremonials, and specific historical events, including violence inspired by the millennium, are interrogated. The experience of individuals who feel the times are for them 'out of joint' is also examined. By combining socio-cultural, philosophical and historical approaches, thisthought-provoking book moves anthropological debates about time's qualities wellbeyond existing studies.This book explores the relevance of classical ideas in the anthropology of time toth

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PRESIDENT

Publisher : Author House
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ISBN : 1491893966
Pages : 485 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (491 users)

Download or read book A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PRESIDENT written by Armiyao Harruna (Folio 48) and published by Author House. This book was released on 2014-03 with total page 485 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This is a story that spans from 1955 to sometime about 2045. It is a four-part story of a family originating from Cape Coast and Dowyaaniyili in the Northern Region, the story of a northern prince Dowbia Zangina that marries a German/Fante screen idol called Mercedes Huntman who loves him dearly and agree to move with him to the Dowyaaniyili, where he becomes chief after the death of his father. A military government throws him into Nsawam Medium Prison for allegedly collaborating with his journalist friend Ernest Dzigbordi to overthrow the military junta, and regains his freedom when a democratically elected government takes over. Their Granddaughter Raabia Sedzro goes into politics and becomes the first woman president of her country. She is a successful president and all her good works are cut short when she is assassinated in 2031. The story of President Lankwei Addison takes the reader into campaign travels to the hinterland of Ghana, including some factual events in the governments of Presidents Rawlings, Kufuor, and Atta Mills. Part Four of the story is drum narrations of historical occurrences not told in the first three parts. As recorded by a media guru Dowbia Yousif, the grandson of Mercedes Huntman.

Laughing in the Face of Terrorism

Publisher : BAHADUR TEJANI
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ISBN : 1419699156
Pages : 438 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (419 users)

Download or read book Laughing in the Face of Terrorism written by Bahadur Tejani and published by BAHADUR TEJANI. This book was released on 2009 with total page 438 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF TERRORISM is a collection of five books under a new title making the works affordable and a bargain for teachers and students of literature, culture, diversity seekers and the general public. The search for harmony is a main theme in Tejani's work and here he speaks of it in words destined to be classic: Music has the sweetness of the September sun, the tenderness of a bird call in the woods, the depth of unknown oceans and the serenity of the earth's swift strong glide across space. You will marvel at the incredibly comic mission of the new Indian immigrant in America to teach Americans how to speak English properly. Or rejoice in the friendship between Washington, America's First President and a Muslim boy on Mount Rushmore. Even wonder at Shakespeare committing suicide on the stage. For variety, Tejani teases the women of the world by comparing their scent to the aroma of rain on earth; and exposes the vulnerability of men with satire on their pre-occupation with the 'thermostat between their legs'. In this collection Ba Tejani has set out with mischief in his heart, irreverent wisdom in his hands and a tickling, teasing imagination which carries you on with a smile and a large question. Just what is he upto? What gifts of humanist synthesis does he have in his heart that we emerge refined and delighted and not peeved after reading one of his stories or watching his play? 451 Pages