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The Second Sophistic : A Cultural Phenomenon in the Roman Empire - Graham Anderson

The Second Sophistic

A Cultural Phenomenon in the Roman Empire

Hardcover Published: 16th September 1993
ISBN: 9780415099882
Number Of Pages: 320

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Graham Anderson provides a comprehensive view of the Second Sophistic, the single most important movement in second century literature. Texts from this period, unlike most contemporaneous prose, came to be written as entertainment literature rather than being confined to historical subjects.
Anderson describes the cultural aspirations sought by Greek sophists in the Roman Empire as well as their skills in public speaking which enabled them to broaden their areas of artistic activity. He presents the sophists' multiple roles as civic celebrities, transmitters of Hellenic culture and literary artists. Although he confirms the image of sophists as vain, contentious, and sometimes superficial, he shows that they were no less fascinating for it. Anderson also emphasizes the integrity of their attempts to preserve the idea of an independent Greek past.

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This is an important book. ... Any connoisseur of sophistic will savour his (Anderson's) verbal wit and gladly trade epigram for explanation.

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xii
Introduction Roman Empire and Greek Renaissancep. 1
Sophists in Societyp. 13
Preparation, Prelude, Performancep. 47
Communing with the Classicsp. 69
Atticism and Antagonismp. 86
Hellenic Past, Graeco-Roman Presentp. 101
Cookery and Confection Sophistic Philosophy, Philosophic Sophistryp. 133
Some Sophistic Scene-Paintingp. 144
Logos Erōtikos: the Sophist as Storytellerp. 156
Adoxa Paradoxa: the Pepaideumenos at Playp. 171
Piety and Paideia: the Sophist and His Godsp. 200
Sophistic Self-Presentation Four Studiesp. 216
Conclusion: Values and Valuationsp. 234
Notes and Referencesp. 247
Select Bibliographyp. 288
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780415099882
ISBN-10: 0415099889
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 16th September 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1

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