The Authors Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity

Hardcover | October 19, 2013

EditorAnna Marmodoro, Jonathan Hill

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What significance does the voice or projected persona in which a text is written have for our understanding of the meaning of that text? This volume explores the persona of the author in antiquity, from Homer to late antiquity, taking into account both Latin and Greek authors from a range ofdisciplines. The thirteen chapters are divided into two main sections, the first of which focuses on the diverse forms of writing adopted by various ancient authors, and the different ways these forms were used to present and project an authorial voice. The second part of the volume considersquestions regarding authority and ascription in relation to the authorial voice. In particular, it looks at how later readers - and later authors - may understand the authority of a text's author or supposed author. The volume contains chapters on pseudo-epigraphy and fictional letters, as well as the use of texts as authoritative in philosophical schools, and the ancient ascription of authorship to works of art.

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What significance does the voice or projected persona in which a text is written have for our understanding of the meaning of that text? This volume explores the persona of the author in antiquity, from Homer to late antiquity, taking into account both Latin and Greek authors from a range ofdisciplines. The thirteen chapters are divide...

Anna Marmodoro is a Fellow in Philosophy at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. She has a background in ancient and medieval philosophy, and a strong research interest in metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of religion. She has published journal articles in all these areas, and edited two collections of e...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:456 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:October 19, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Ewen Bowie: ForewordList of IllustrationsList of ContributorsAnna Marmodoro and Jonathan Hill: IntroductionPart 1: The author's voice: presentation and functionSection 1.1 The author's voice in the third person1. Barbara Graziosi: The poet in the Iliad2. Christopher Pelling: Xenophon's and Caesar's third-person narratives or are theya?Section 1.2: The author's voice in dialogue3. William Allan and Adrian Kelly: Listening to many voices: Athenian tragedy as popular art4. Sarah Culpepper Stroup: When I read my Cato, it is as if Cato speaks: the birth and evolution of Cicero's dialogic voice5. Stephen Harrison: Author and speaker(s) in Horace's Satires 2Section 1.3: The author's voice in the first person6. Georgina Longley: I, Polybius : self-conscious didacticism7. Rhiannon Ash: Drip-feed invective: Pliny, self-fashioning, and the Regulus letters8. Tim Whitmarsh: An I for an I: reading fictional autobiographyPart 2: The author's voice: authority and ascription9. Irene Peirano: Ille ego qui quondam: on authorial (an)onymity10. Andrew Morrison: Authorship and authority in Greek fictional letters11. Michael Erler: Plato's religious voice: Socrates as godsent, in Plato and the Platonists12. Mark Edwards: When the dead speak: the refashioning of Ignatius of Antioch in the long recension of his letters13. Michael Squire: Ars in their I's: authority and authorship in Graeco-Roman visual cultureIndex