Characterization in Ancient Greek Literature is the fourth volume in the series Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative. The book deals with the narratological concepts of character and characterization and explores the textual devices used for purposes of characterization by ancient Greek authors spanning a large historical period (from Homer to Heliodorus) and a variety of literary genres (epic, elegy, historiography, choral lyric, drama, oratory, philosophy, biography, and novel). The book's aim is not only to describe these devices, but also to investigate their effects and the implications of their use for our interpretation of the texts.
Koen De Temmerman, Ph.D. (2006) in Classics, Ghent University, is Professor of Classics at that university. He held research fellowships at Stanford and Princeton University and is a visiting member of the Classics Centre at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He has published extensively on (characterization in) ancient fiction, is the author of Crafting Characters: Heroes and Heroines in the Ancient Greek Novel (OUP, 2014), the co-editor of Writing Biography in Greece and Rome. Narrative Technique and Fictionalization (CUP, 2016) and the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Biography (OUP, forthcoming). He is also a co-editor of L'Antiquite Classique.
Evert van Emde Boas completed his DPhil at the University of Oxford (Corpus Christi College, 2011), before going on to hold various teaching and research positions at the University of Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam, the University of Groningen, Leiden University, and the Calleva Research Centre at Magdalen College, Oxford. He currently serves as Leventis Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford. His research focuses primarily on the application of modern linguistic and cognitive approaches to ancient Greek literature. He is the author of Language and Character in Euripides' Electra (OUP, 2017) and the lead author of the Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek (CUP, 2017).
Contributors are: Mathieu de Bakker, Angus Bowie, Peter Brown, Bruno Currie, Kristoffel Demoen, Koen De Temmerman, Evert van Emde Boas, Annette Harder, Jan-Willem van Henten, Owen Hodkinson, Luuk Huitink, Irene de Jong, Dimitri Kasprzyk, Jacqueline Klooster, Hugo Koning, Michael Lloyd, John Morgan, Kathryn Morgan, Judith Mossman, Luke Pitcher, Maria Pretzler, Tim Rood, and Nancy Worman.