From Polypragmon to Curiosus: Ancient Concepts of Curious, Meddlesome, and Exaggerated Behaviour

Hardcover | May 30, 2013

byMatthew Leigh

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From Polypragmon to Curiosus is a study of how Greek and Latin writers describe curious, meddlesome, and exaggerated behaviour. Founded on a detailed investigation of a family of Greek terms, often treated as synonymous with each other, and of the Latin words used to describe them, openingchapters survey how they were used in Greek literature from the 5th and 4th centuries BC, moving onto their Latin usage and relationship to that of Hellenistic and imperial Greek. Other chapters adopt a more thematic approach and consider how words, such as polypramon, periergos, philopragmon, andcuriosus, are employed in descriptions of the world of knowledge opened up by empire - in discourses of pious and impious curiosity, in reflections on what constitutes useful and useless learning, and in descriptions of style. The themes which the volume addresses remain alive throughout the literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, most obviously through emblematic figures of human curiosity, such as Dante's Ulisse and Marlowe's Dr Faustus.

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From Polypragmon to Curiosus is a study of how Greek and Latin writers describe curious, meddlesome, and exaggerated behaviour. Founded on a detailed investigation of a family of Greek terms, often treated as synonymous with each other, and of the Latin words used to describe them, openingchapters survey how they were used in Greek lit...

Matthew Leigh is Fellow and Tutor in Classical Languages and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford. He is author of Lucan: Spectacle and Engagement (1997) and Comedy and the Rise of Rome (2004), as well as numerous articles on Greek and Latin literature and culture.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:May 30, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199668612

ISBN - 13:9780199668618

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AbbreviationsPrefaceIntroduction1. Polypragmosyne and Periergia from Thucydides to Theophrastus2. Translating Polypragmosyne3. Polypragmosyne and Empire4. Polypragmosyne and the Divine5. Polypragmosyne, Periergia, and the Language of CriticismConclusionBibliographyIndex Rerum et NominumIndex Locorum