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The Romance between Greece and the East

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Tim Whitmarsh, Ian Rutherford, John Dillery, Kim Ryholt, Stephanie West, Susan Stephens, Johannes Haubold, Stephanie Dalley, Josef Wiesehöfer, Daniel Selden, Emily Kneebone, Jennie Barbour, Karen Ní Mheallaigh, Stephen Harrison, Aldo Tagliabue, Ewen Bowie, Pavlos Avlamis, Ruth Webb, Larry Kim, Phiroze Vasunia
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  • Date Published: December 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107038240

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  • The contact zones between the Greco-Roman world and the Near East represent one of the most exciting and fast-moving areas of ancient-world studies. This new collection of essays, by world-renowned experts (and some new voices) in classical, Jewish, Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Persian literature, focuses specifically on prose fiction, or 'the ancient novel'. Twenty chapters either offer fresh readings - from an intercultural perspective - of familiar texts (such as the biblical Esther and Ecclesiastes, Xenophon of Ephesus' Ephesian Story and Dictys of Crete's Journal), or introduce material that may be new to many readers: from demotic Egyptian papyri through old Avestan hymns to a Turkic translation of the Life of Aesop. The volume also considers issues of methodology and the history of scholarship on the topic. A concluding section deals with the question of how narratives, patterns and motifs may have come to be transmitted between cultures.

    • Explores cultural contact between Greece and the ancient Near East, in the area of prose fiction
    • Investigates the multicultural background to the Greek and Roman novel
    • Treats a broad range of material, introducing texts from Egypt, Persia, the Jewish world, Mesopotamia and elsewhere
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    • Date Published: December 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107038240
    • length: 409 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The romance between Greece and the East Tim Whitmarsh
    Part I. Egyptians:
    2. Greek fiction and Egyptian fiction: are they related, and, if so, how? Ian Rutherford
    3. Manetho John Dillery
    4. Imitatio Alexandri in Egyptian literary tradition Kim Ryholt
    5. Divine anger management: the Greek version of the myth of the sun's eye (P.Lond.Lit. 192) Stephanie West
    6. Fictions of cultural authority Susan Stephens
    Part II. Mesopotamians and Iranians:
    7. Berossus Johannes Haubold
    8. The Greek novel Ninus and Semiramis: its background in Assyrian and Seleucid history and monuments Stephanie Dalley
    9. Ctesias, the Achaemenid court, and the history of the Greek novel Josef Wiesehöfer
    10. Iskander and the idea of Iran Daniel Selden
    Part III. Jews and Phoenicians:
    11. Josephus' Esther and Diaspora Judaism Emily Kneebone
    12. The eastern king in the Hebrew Bible: novelistic motifs in early Jewish literature Jennie Barbour
    13. 'Lost in translation'? The Phoenician Journal of Dictys of Crete Karen Ní Mheallaigh
    14. Milesiae Punicae: how Punic was Apuleius? Stephen Harrison
    Part IV. Anatolians:
    15. The victory of Greek Ionia in Xenophon's Ephesiaca Aldo Tagliabue
    16. Milesian tales Ewen Bowie
    Part V. Transmission and Reception:
    17. Does triviality translate? The Life of Aesop travels east Pavlos Avlamis
    18. Mime and the romance Ruth Webb
    19. Orality, folktales, and the cross-cultural transmission of narrative Larry Kim
    20. History, empire and the novel: Pierre-Daniel Huet and the origins of the romance Phiroze Vasunia.

  • Editors

    Tim Whitmarsh, University of Oxford
    Tim Whitmarsh is Professor of Ancient Literatures and E. P. Warren Praelector, Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He has published widely on ancient prose fiction, including Narrative and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel: Returning Romance (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and edited The Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2008). He is currently writing a book on religious scepticism in antiquity.

    Stuart Thomson, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
    Stuart Thomson is a doctoral student at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, specialising on Clement of Alexandria.

    Contributors

    Tim Whitmarsh, Ian Rutherford, John Dillery, Kim Ryholt, Stephanie West, Susan Stephens, Johannes Haubold, Stephanie Dalley, Josef Wiesehöfer, Daniel Selden, Emily Kneebone, Jennie Barbour, Karen Ní Mheallaigh, Stephen Harrison, Aldo Tagliabue, Ewen Bowie, Pavlos Avlamis, Ruth Webb, Larry Kim, Phiroze Vasunia

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