March 3, 2009

BMCR Items of Interest

One of the Books Received from the Bryn Mawr Classical Review this month that looks really interesting to me - Hannah, Robert. Time in antiquity. Sciences of antiquity. London; New York: Routledge, 2009. xiii, 206 p. $39.95 (pb). ISBN 9780415331562. Another one also received that I'd settle for a synopsis of - Nichols, Mary P. Socrates on friendship and community: reflections on Plato's Symposium, Phaedrus, and Lysis. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. viii, 229 p. $80.00. ISBN 9780521899734.

Obviously, I'd devour every page of a comprehensive take on the first topic. Time isn't only central to chronology but to storytelling, ancient and current.

Of the second book, I mainly want to know if either Nichols or Plato make any distinction for "friendship" working differently depending on status and income. What I'd really love to see is someone thinking Ruby Payne's type of thoughts a la M.I.Finley's Ancient Economy. Something like "A Framework for Understanding Poverty (and Wealth) in Antiquity". Payne's book is eye opening stuff to how "hidden rules of wealth and class" impact everything we do in daily life. Finley showed that was true for ancient economics. Who's doing that for the rest of ancient life?

If you know... and I don't... please do tell.

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