Being Greek Under Rome: Cultural Identity, The Second Sophistic And The Development Of Empire by Simon GoldhillBeing Greek Under Rome: Cultural Identity, The Second Sophistic And The Development Of Empire by Simon Goldhill

Being Greek Under Rome: Cultural Identity, The Second Sophistic And The Development Of Empire

EditorSimon Goldhill

Paperback | January 29, 2007

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These especially commissioned essays open up a fascinating and novel perspective on a crucial era of Western culture. In the second century CE the Roman empire dominated the Mediterranean, but Greek culture maintained its huge prestige. At the same time, Christianity and Judaism were vying for followers against the lures of such an elite cultural life. This book looks at how writers in Greek from all areas of Empire society responded to their political position, to intellectual authority, to religious and social pressures.
Title:Being Greek Under Rome: Cultural Identity, The Second Sophistic And The Development Of EmpireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:404 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.91 inPublished:January 29, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521030870

ISBN - 13:9780521030878

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Table of Contents

List of contributors; Introduction: setting an agenda - 'everything is Greece to the wise' Simon Goldhill; Part I. Subjected to Empire: 1. From Megalopolis to Cosmopolis: Polybius, or there and back again John Henderson; 2. Mutilated messengers: body language in Josephus Maud Gleason; 3. Roman questions, Greek answers: Plutarch and the construction of identity Rebecca Preston; Part II. Intellectuals on the Margins: 4. Describing self in the language of the other: Pseudo (?) Lucian at the temple of Hierapolis Jas Elsner; 5. The erotic eye: visual stimulation and cultural conflict Simon Goldhill; 6. Visions and revisions of Homer Froma I. Zeitlin; Part III. Topography and the Performance of Culture: 7. 'Greece is the world': exile and identity in the Second Sophistic Tim Whitmarsh; 8. Local heroes: athletics, festivals, and elite self-fashioning in the Roman East Onno van Nijf; 9. The Rabbi in Aphrodite's bath: Palestinian society and Jewish identity in the High Roman Empire Seth Schwartz; List of works cited; Index of major passages discussed; General index.

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"The articles [are] persuasive, and the volume as a whole a considerable stimulant for my own researches and teaching....[It provides] useful information and perspectives that need to be engaged by anyone who studies the literature, culture or history of the periods in question. And for those who wish to learn more about thses approaches and this area of study, this volume is very useful indeed." Classical Bulletin