Wandering Poets and Other Essays on Late Greek Literature and Philosophy by Alan Cameron

Wandering Poets and Other Essays on Late Greek Literature and Philosophy

byAlan Cameron

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This book presents a substantially revised version of some of the most important and innovative articles published by Alan Cameron in the field of late antique Greek poetry and philosophy. Much new material has been added to the account of the "Wandering Poets" from early Byzantine Egypt, andearlier judgment on their paganism is nuanced. The story of Cyrus of Panopolis and the empress Eudocia takes into account important recent work on the poetry of Eudocia. Several chapters discuss the date and identity of the influential poet Nonnus. The longest chapter reviews the celebrated story ofthe so-called closing of the Academy of Athens and the trip of its seven remaining philosophers to the court of the Persian king Chosroes, rejecting the fashionable current idea that they set up a new school at Harran on the Persian border. An entirely new chapter discusses a recently published papyrus containing poems of the Alexandrian epigrammatist Palladas, rejecting the editor's claim that Palladas wrote almost a century earlier than hitherto believed. A concluding chapter, never before published, reinvestigates the evidence forpaganism in sixth-century Byzantium. Boldly and persuasively argued, and drawing on a profound knowledge of the period, the volume as a whole deepens our knowledge of the rich intellectual traditions of the late antique Hellenic world.

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Alan Cameron is Charles Anthon Professor Emeritus of Latin at Columbia University. His previous books include Claudian, Porphyrius the Charioteer, Circus Factions, The Greek Anthology, Callimachus and his Critics, Greek Mythography in the Roman World, and The Last Pagans of Rome. He was awarded the Kenyon Medal for classical studies an...
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Title:Wandering Poets and Other Essays on Late Greek Literature and PhilosophyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 9.29 × 6.61 × 1.3 inPublished:November 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Wandering Poets: A Literary Movement in Byzantine Egypt2. The Empress and the Poet3. The Poet, the Bishop and the Harlot4. Palladas: New Poems, New Date?5. Claudian6. Claudian Revisited7. Poets and Pagans in Byzantine Egypt8. Poetry and Literary Culture in Late Antiquity9. Hypatia: Life, Death and Works10. The Last Days of the Academy at Athens11. Oracles and Earthquakes12. Accusations of Paganism in Sixth-Century Byzantium

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"This volume highlights once again Alan Cameron's extraordinary gifts as a reader and writer. Cameron's exquisitely nuanced pieces insert Late Antique and Byzantine authors into a vivid and compelling historical context." --Susanna Elm, University of California, Berkeley