The End of Dialogue in Antiquity by Simon GoldhillThe End of Dialogue in Antiquity by Simon Goldhill

The End of Dialogue in Antiquity

EditorSimon Goldhill

Hardcover | January 19, 2009

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 565 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


'Dialogue' was invented as a written form in democratic Athens and made a celebrated and popular literary and philosophical style by Plato. Yet it almost completely disappeared in the Christian empire of late antiquity. This book, the first general and systematic study of the genre in antiquity, asks: who wrote dialogues and why? Why did dialogue no longer attract writers in the later period in the same way? Investigating dialogue goes to the heart of the central issues of power, authority, openness and playfulness in changing cultural contexts. This book analyses the relationship between literary form and cultural authority in a new and exciting way, and encourages closer reflection about the purpose of dialogue in its wider social, cultural and religious contexts in today's world.
Title:The End of Dialogue in AntiquityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:276 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:January 19, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521887747

ISBN - 13:9780521887748


Table of Contents

Introduction: why don't Christians do dialogue? Simon Goldhill; Part I. Classical Models: 1. Fictions of dialogue in Thucydides Emily Greenwood; 2. The beginnings of dialogue: Socratic discourses and fourth-century prose Andrew Ford; 3. Plato's dialogues and a common rationale for dialogue form Alex Long; Part II. Empire Models: 4. Ciceronian dialogue Malcolm Schofield; 5. Sympotic dialogue in the first to fifth centuries CE Jason König; Part III. Christianity and the Theological Imperative: 6. Can we talk? Augustine and the possibility of dialogue Gillian Clark; 7. Let's (not) talk about it: Augustine and the control of epistolary dialogue Richard Miles; Part IV. Christianity and the Social: 8. Christians, dialogue and patterns of sociability in late antiquity Richard Lim; 9. Boethius, Gregory the Great and the Christian 'afterlife' of Classical dialogue Kate Cooper and Matthew Dal Santo; Part V. Judaism and the Limits of Dialogue: 10. No dialogue at the symposium? Conviviality in Ben Sira and the Palestinian Talmud Seth Schwartz; 11. Dialectic and divination in the Talmud Daniel Boyarin.

Editorial Reviews

"The book's scope--from Thucydides and Plato, to Cicero and late sympotic literature, to the rabbinic tales and the Church Fathers--is wondrous. --BMCR