Greek Literature and the Roman Empire by Tim Whitmarsh
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Greek Literature and the Roman Empire
By Tim Whitmarsh

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199271375
ISBN-10: 0199271372
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 138mm x 21mm)
Pages: 392
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 5-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Tim Whitmarsh

Tim Whitmarsh is Leverhulme Lecturer in Hellenistic Literature, University of Exeter.

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