The Second Sophistic

Paperback | April 10, 2006

byTimothy Whitmarsh

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The 'Second Sophistic' is arguably the fastest-growing area in contemporary classical scholarship. This short, accessible account explores the various ways in which modern scholarship has approached one of the most extraordinary literary phenomena of antiquity, the dazzling oratorical culture of the Early Imperial period. Successive chapters deal with historical and cultural background, sophistic performance, technical treatises (including the issue of Atticism and Asianism), the concept of identity, and the wider impact of sophistic performance on major authors of the time, including Plutarch, Lucian and the Greek novelists.

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The 'Second Sophistic' is arguably the fastest-growing area in contemporary classical scholarship. This short, accessible account explores the various ways in which modern scholarship has approached one of the most extraordinary literary phenomena of antiquity, the dazzling oratorical culture of the Early Imperial period. Successive ch...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.24 inPublished:April 10, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198568819

ISBN - 13:9780198568810

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The Second Sophistic; 2. Sophistic performance; 3. The politics of language and style; 4. Reading sophistic texts; 5. The Second Sophistic and Imperial Greek literature; Bibliography: abbreviations and works cited; About the author; Index.