Greek Literature and the Roman Empire: The Politics of Imitation

Paperback | February 16, 2004

byTim 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 bedismissed 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. Theirauthors' rich and complex engagement with the literary past articulates an ingenious and sophisticated response to their present socio-political circumstances.

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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 bedismissed as unoriginal and mediocre. Rather, i...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:February 16, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199271372

ISBN - 13:9780199271375

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IntroductionPart One: The Politics of Imitation1. Repetition: The Crisis of Posterity2. Education: Strategies of Self-makingPart Two: Greece and Rome3. Rome Uncivilized: Exile and the Kingdom4. Civilizing Rome: Greek Pedagogy and the Roman Emperor5. Satirizing Rome: LucianConclusionAppendix One: Translation of Favorinus, `On Exile'Appendix Two: The Performative Context of Dio's `Kingships'Bibliography

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`essential reading for anyone attempting to grapple with the issues involved in reading or interpreting Greek imperial literature.'Bryn Mawr Classical Review