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Greek Literature and the Roman Empire

The Politics of Imitation

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Greek Literature and the Roman Empire by Tim Whitmarsh
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Greek Literature and the Roman Empire uses up-to-date literary and cultural theory to make a major and original contribution to the appreciation of Greek literature written under the Roman Empire during the second century CE (the so-called 'Second Sophistic'). This literature should not be dismissed as unoriginal and mediocre. Rather, its central preoccupations, especially mimesis and paideia, provide significant insights into the definition of Greek identity during the period. Focusing upon a series of key texts by important authors (including Dio Chrysostom, Plutarch, Philostratus, Lucian, Favorinus, and the novelists), Whitmarsh argues that narratives telling of educated Greeks' philosophical advice to empowered Romans (including emperors) offer a crucial point of entry into the complex and often ambivalent relationships between Roman conquerors and Greek subjects. Their authors' rich and complex engagement with the literary past articulates an ingenious and sophisticated response to their present socio-political circumstances.

Author Biography

Tim Whitmarsh is Fellow and College Lecturer, St John's College, Cambridge
Release date NZ
January 1st, 2001
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
392
Dimensions
148x222x27
ISBN-13
9780199240357
Product ID
2246088

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