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RA-20186-97
NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships at American Academy in Rome
Lester Little, American Academy in Rome

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Shaping a Monastic Identity: Liturgy and History at the Imperial Abbey of Farfa, 1000-1125 (Book) [show prizes]
Title: Shaping a Monastic Identity: Liturgy and History at the Imperial Abbey of Farfa, 1000-1125
Author: Susan Boynton
Abstract: During the eleventh and early twelfth centuries, the imperial abbey of Farfa was one of the most powerful institutions on the Italian peninsula. In this period many of the lands of central Italy fell under its sway, and it enjoyed the protection of the emperor until the 1120s, when it passed gradually into the control of the papacy. At the same time, the monastery was an influential religious center, and the monks of Farfa filled their days with the celebration of the liturgy through prayers, processions, sermons, chants, and hymns.Susan Boynton, a historian of medieval music, addresses several of the major themes of present-day medieval historiography through a close study of the liturgical practices of the abbey of Farfa. Boynton's findings are a striking demonstration of the local nature of liturgical practices in the centuries before church ritual was controlled and codified by the papacy. Boynton shows that the liturgy was highly flexible, continually adapting to the monastery's changing circumstances. The monks regularly modified traditional forms to reflect new realities, often in the service of Farfa's power and prestige. Equally fascinating is Boynton's examination of the process by which Farfa, like other monasteries, cathedral chapters, and royal houses, constantly rewrote its history—particularly the stories of its founding—as part of the continuous negotiation of power that was central to medieval politics and culture.
Year: 2006
Primary URL: http://www.worldcat.org/title/shaping-a-monastic-identity-liturgy-and-history-at-the-imperial-abbey-of-farfa-1000-1125/oclc/60839289&referer=brief_results
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Publisher: Cornell University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780801443817
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes

Music in Roman Comedy (Book)
Title: Music in Roman Comedy
Author: Timothy Moore
Abstract: The plays of Plautus and Terence were profoundly musical: large portions of all the plays were sung to accompaniment, and variations in melody, rhythm and dance were essential elements in bringing both pleasure and meaning to their performance. This book explains the nature of Roman comedy's music: the accompanying tibia, the style of vocal performance, the importance of dance, characteristics of melody, the relationship between meter and rhythm, and the effects of different meters and of variations within individual verses. It provides musical analyses of songs, scenes and whole plays and draws analogies between Roman comedy's music and the music of modern opera, film and musical theatre. The book will change our understanding of the nature of Roman comedy and will be of interest to students of ancient theatre and Latin literature, scholars and students working on the history of music and theatre and performers working with ancient plays.
Year: 2012
Primary URL: http://www.worldcat.org/title/music-in-roman-comedy/oclc/768417916&referer=brief_results
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Secondary URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/classical-studies/classical-literature/music-roman-comedy?format=HB
Secondary URL Description: Publisher's website
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9781107006485
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes

Kinship & Conquest: Family Strategies in the Principality of Salerno During the Norman Period, 1077-1194 (Book)
Title: Kinship & Conquest: Family Strategies in the Principality of Salerno During the Norman Period, 1077-1194
Author: Joanna H. Drell
Abstract: In Kinship and Conquest, Drell challenges historians to modify their views on the nature of medieval family structure. Complicated ties of blood and marital kinship enabled the Norman kings to solidify their central authority in the Kingdom of Southern Italy and Sicily. The author finds that in the principality a broad range of kin participated in the management of family property, and that kinship networks remained highly flexible. Drell mines the Cava archive to illuminate not only the composition of the noble families and the nature of kinship networks, but also the extent of genealogical memory, the depth of Norman cultural influence, and the strategies the families used to transfer patrimonial holdings and, hence, political power. One of the first books to integrate the Italian South into the larger history of Medieval Europe, Kinship and Conquest is a novel contribution to the rich historiography on kinship and political power in western Europe.
Year: 2002
Primary URL: http://www.worldcat.org/title/kinship-conquest-family-strategies-in-the-principality-of-salerno-during-the-norman-period-1077-1194/oclc/48588389&referer=brief_results
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780801438783
Copy sent to NEH?: No


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