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Portraits: Biographical Representation in the Greek and Latin Literature of the : Biographical Representation in the Greek and Latin Literature of the Roman Empire - M. J. Edwards

Portraits: Biographical Representation in the Greek and Latin Literature of the

Biographical Representation in the Greek and Latin Literature of the Roman Empire

By: M. J. Edwards (Editor), Simon Swain (Editor)

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Published: 1st August 1997
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This collection of essays illustrates the growth of interest in the representation of individuals, which resulted from the changed environment within which Greek and Latin authors worked in late antiquity. The writings studied are not confined to biographies in the formal sense, since the aim of the collection is to show how the gamut of literary genres was modified by the presence of a new biographical ingredient. Simon Swain's general survey of the biographical elements in late antique writing is followed by studies of Aulus Gellius, Dio Cassius, Jewish Martyrs, Simon Magus, Constantine, and Daniel the Stylite. The subjects all fall within the period of the Roman empire, and illustrate the importance of individual personality in literature for an age in which few individuals could hope to achieve political significance. Mark Edward's epilogue discusses the possibility of a distinction between `biography' and 'the biographical' in ancient literature.

`The essays are sophisticated and perceptive, a valuable contribution for scholars tracing the further devolution of a never respected genre.' David F. Graf, Religious Studies Review

Prefacep. v
Notes On Contributorsp. xi
Biography and Biographic in the Literature of the Roman Empirep. 1
Dying for the Law: The Martyr's Portrait in Jewish-Greek Literaturep. 39
Simon Magus, the Bad Samaritanp. 69
Aulus Gellius: The Non-Visual Portraitistp. 93
Appendix On the Sources for Polemo's 1F71p. 113
Biographical History? Cassius Dio on the Early Principatep. 117
Eusebius' Vita Constantini and the Construction of Constantinep. 145
The Life of Daniel ROBIN LANE FOXp. 175
Epilogue Biography and the Biographicp. 227
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780198149378
ISBN-10: 0198149379
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st August 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.4  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.5