Symbolae Philologorum Posnaniensium, 2012, nr XXII/2

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    Rasgos del lenguaje coloquial en Apocolocyntosis de Séneca el Joven
    (Wydawnictwo Poznańskiego Towarzystwa Przyjaciół Nauk, 2012) Berger, Łukasz
    The article reviews fragments of the Senecan satire Apocolocyntosis in search of colloquial style. The analysis of some lexical, syntactic and textual phenomena attempts to highlight some linguistic strategies of the author to stylize the literary texts into an oral-like discourse.
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    Techniki siebie według Seneki
    (Wydawnictwo Poznańskiego Towarzystwa Przyjaciół Nauk, 2012) Budzowska, Małgorzata
    In the article the technologies of self-reflection described by Seneca in his moral essays are discussed. The analysis is based on Foucault’s distinction between two conceptions of technologies of the self created in Antiquity and Early Christianity. One of them is related to an idea of self-studying and auto-creation with reference to social (or religious) rules, what was the main principle in Christian system. Different conception concerns technologies of the self understood as a care of the self in absolute meaning. It is an idea in which happiness and good of an individual are formulated from the subjective point of view. Senecan concept of selfworking is the specific fusion of these two conceptions. Mnemonic technologies discovering Nature’s order in a human being are connected with independence on external world of objects. This stoic view modified by Seneca, who had focused his attention on a role of will and conscience in an examination of the self, is the main issue discussed in this article.
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    Quid est praecipuum? Status and uses of physics in the Naturales Quaestiones of Seneca the Younger.
    (Wydawnictwo Poznańskiego Towarzystwa Przyjaciół Nauk, 2012) Komorowska, Joanna
    The essay analyses the position of physics as defined in Seneca’s Naturales quaestiones: the lore of the universe, the theoretical serach for the ultimate cause, the serach for necessary truth. This intellectual, infiniti (at least where humans are concerned) quest appears not only as a fulfillment of the human duty, but results necessary for (and coextensive with) the acquisition of ethical stand so admired by the Stoics.
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    Autorytet Seneki w argumentacji wczesnochrześcijańskiej
    (Wydawnictwo Poznańskiego Towarzystwa Przyjaciół Nauk, 2012) Nehring, Przemysław
    The paper deals with the authority of Seneca employed by the eminent early Christian writers in their apologetic as well as polemical works.
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    Visitors from the realm of death
    (Wydawnictwo Poznańskiego Towarzystwa Przyjaciół Nauk, 2012) Pypłacz, Joanna
    or influence events from backstage. Sometimes they suddenly come to haunt living relatives as phantoms or hallucinations. Their influence on the actions of the dramatis personae is considerable and, in most cases, negative or even destructive. Thanks to the fact that Seneca chose to unleash his imagination rather than cling to the technical requirements of the ancient theatre, he could permit himself the luxury of filling his plays with supernatural beings who contribute to the atmosphere of metaphysical awe that makes Seneca’s tragedies so unique and that has become their hallmark.
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    Lustrzane odbicia
    (Wydawnictwo Poznańskiego Towarzystwa Przyjaciół Nauk, 2012) Skrzynecka, Joanna
    In Natural Question 1 Seneca presents the survey of the rainbow theories and declares himself in favour of the mirror theory drawn from Posidonius. He pronounces the rainbow to be the reflection of the sun in a moist, hollow cloud. This reflection is distorted due to the defectiveness of the natural mirror which is the above mentioned cloud. The scientific argument in Natural Question 1 is closed by the tale about Hostius Quadra, a sexual deviant who sees pleasures in watching his bodily acts in magnifying mirrors. The link between the scientific discourse and the Hostius episode is supplied by the theme of the rainbow or precisely the mirror and its wrong application by humans. Thus Seneca refers the catoptrical inquiry in the nature to the debate over the moral condition of the Roman society.
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    „Listy, które czyta wielu”. Pseudokorespondencja św. Pawła z Seneką
    (Wydawnictwo Poznańskiego Towarzystwa Przyjaciół Nauk, 2012) Szarmach, Marian
    The apocryphal correspondence between St. Paul and Seneca, that is hardly touched upon in the scholarly literature, is an interesting example of a Christian „epistolographical novel” composed by poorly trained rhetorician.
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    De philosophis et rhetoribus inter se aemulantibus
    (Wydawnictwo Poznańskiego Towarzystwa Przyjaciół Nauk, 2012) Stroh, Wilfried
    From the time of Isocrates, who first made fun of some philosophers, and Plato, who in his Gorgias despised the orators and denied rhetoric being an art, up to the end of antiquity there was a vehement fight between rhetoricians and philosophers as educators of young people. But for a long time in this dispute we only hear the voice of philosophy, since rhetoric whose utility seemed beyond doubt not thought it necessary to defend herself. Cicero was the first of all writers we know who justified rhetoric and blamed Socrates for having separated the arts of speaking and thinking. Also in imperial time rhetoricians had to apologize, for then we first hear about men who deserted from rhetoric to philosophy.
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    O kilku frontyspisach XVII-wiecznych wydań dzieł Seneki
    (Wydawnictwo Poznańskiego Towarzystwa Przyjaciół Nauk, 2012) Brusewicz, Alicja
    The article presents frontispieces of several seventeenth-century editions of Seneca’s works whose title pages draw a particular attention of a reader because they have a very interesting graphic layout. Presented are title pages of books published in Antwerp in 1605 and 1632, in Paris in 1607 and in 1627 and in Toruń in 1696. The attention was drawn to differences in a frontispieces’ composition of Antwerp’s editions which have a title in an ornamental frame, and in Paris and Toruń publications title pages have only an image of the author. The presented copies of Seneca’s works are a part of the collection of Kopernikańska Library in Toruń.
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    Formula vitae honestae Marcina z Bragi i „zaginione” pismo Seneki De quattuor virtutibus
    (Wydawnictwo Poznańskiego Towarzystwa Przyjaciół Nauk, 2012) Wyszomirski, Sławomir
    There are obvious similarities between the language of Formula vitae honestae by Martin of Braga and preserved letters of Lucius Annaeus Seneca. However, it cannot be proved, despite numerous speculations, that Formula vitae honestae is a summary or rather an extract of some non-preserved Seneca’s paper. The article emphasises the fact that there are not only language and stylistic similarities between these two writers but also there are similarities in the way of understanding and defining so called cardinal virtues, i.e. prudentia, fortitudo (magnanimitas – by Martin of Braga), temperantia (continentia – by Martin of Braga) and iustitia.
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