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'One stupendous starburst of untamed brilliance' SIMON SCHAMA 'Aphoristic and acutely provocative: a crash path in civilization' J. M. COETZEE equipped from A via Z, and containing over a hundred essays, Cultural Amnesia is the final word consultant to the 20 th century. 'This is a gorgeous booklet. James proves himself not just to be in ownership of a towering mind, yet a unique skill to speak his passions' Observer 'Witty, insightful and unashamedly erudite, the e-book is an excellent miscellany of 20th-century cultural and political subjects' The Sunday occasions 'Over the previous 40 years James has been scribbling notes within the margins of the books he has learn ...and this is often the outcome. smart, contentious and funny' parent 'An eclectic trip in the course of the twentieth century, as Clive James explores the careers of luminaries corresponding to Charles de Gaulle and Charlie Chaplin' day-by-day convey

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Athletics indeed remained a popular literary theme even after the agonistic circuit had fallen apart. Boxers, pankratiasts, contest presidents, or stadia, however, figure mostly in metaphorical images. 46 Because most metaphors are general and vague, attempts to use them as historical evidence have led to few new insights on the later history of athletics. Thanks to their classical education, the literate upper class could use and understand a set of references even without personal experience with agones.

The Codex Theodosianus and the Codex Iustinianus collect imperial constitutions, the former covering the period 313–437, the latter the period from Hadrian to 534. Most interesting for this study are the constitutions issued from Diocletian onward. When using these laws as evidence for the period in which they were promulgated, it is important to keep in mind how they came into existence. Even if they were theoretically valid for everyone in the Empire, they were not really issued as general rules, nor were there means to enforce them as such.

The Codex Theodosianus and the Codex Iustinianus collect imperial constitutions, the former covering the period 313–437, the latter the period from Hadrian to 534. Most interesting for this study are the constitutions issued from Diocletian onward. When using these laws as evidence for the period in which they were promulgated, it is important to keep in mind how they came into existence. Even if they were theoretically valid for everyone in the Empire, they were not really issued as general rules, nor were there means to enforce them as such.

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