The Vomeronasal Organ is an olfactory structure in the nose, originally described in 1813 by the Danish court veterinarian Ludwig Jacobson. After some 150 years interest in it was reawakened, following the discovery of its key role in social and sexual responses. The organ serves to alert the emotional brain to the presence of specific semiochemicals, or signal molecules, which identify sex or status. Typically, such scents elicit responses at a non-conscious level -- altering internal chemistry (hormones) in reaction to odours from the social environment (pheromones). The importance of vomerolfaction has recently been confirmed by findings on the genetic basis of smell.This book surveys the biology of the "Organ of Jacobson" from toads to tamarins. It provides an analysis of the neural pathway which processes pheromonal information delivered by the 'second nose' to the brain. Vomeronasal olfaction is examined in its evolutionary perspective, from molecular capture of scents to the consequent changes in reproductive activity.The treatment integrates structural and functional aspects with the system's development, and considers the implications of its unique genome. The student or researcher is lead up to the edge of contemporary thinking by an overview of vomerolfactory contributions to individual survival and to population dynamics. The issues raised by recent research are evaluated in relation to the properties of primary olfaction. Questions posed by the persistence of vomerolfaction as a distinct sense are explored for man and other higher primates.
A Handbook to the Reception of Greek Drama presents a comprehensive overview of the global reception of ancient Greek tragedies and comedies from antiquity to the present day. Featuring contributions from a variety of international scholars and top experts in the field, essays cover the evolution of Greek drama and its translation, transmission, and adaptation across the centuries and throughout the world. Chapters cover Greek drama's reception across cultures and continents, featuring sections on Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, North America, South America, and the South Pacific. A series of essays also covers the rediscovery of the great works of the ancient Greeks in Italy, France, and England between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. Chapters go on to discuss the global spread of Greek drama from the eighteenth century to the present, exploring the myriad ways the tragedies, dramas, and comedies of the ancient Greeks have been staged, translated, and adapted throughout the modern world. A final set of essays focuses at operas adapted from Greek drama, along with films around the world based on the plays of the ancient Greeks. Illuminating and thought-provoking, A Handbook to the Reception of Greek Drama offers insights into the contributions of an ancient civilization with an enduring legacy.
A Handbook to the Reception of Thucydides offers an invaluable guide to the reception of Thucydides, with a strong emphasis on comparing and contrasting different traditions of reading and interpretation.
? Presents an in-depth, comprehensive overview of the reception of the Greek historian Thucydides
? Features personal reflections by eminent scholars on the significance and perennial importance of Thucydides? work
? Features an internationally renowned cast of contributors, including established academics as well as new voices in the field
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