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Homer between History and Fiction in Imperial Greek Literature

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Part of Greek Culture in the Roman World

  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521194495

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  • Did Homer tell the ‘truth' about the Trojan War? If so, how much, and if not, why not? The issue was hardly academic to the Greeks living under the Roman Empire, given the centrality of both Homer, the father of Greek culture, and the Trojan War, the event that inaugurated Greek history, to conceptions of Imperial Hellenism. This book examines four Greek texts of the Imperial period that address the topic – Strabo's Geography, Dio of Prusa's Trojan Oration, Lucian's novella True Stories, and Philostratus' fictional dialogue Heroicus – and shows how their imaginative explorations of Homer and his relationship to history raise important questions about the nature of poetry and fiction, the identity and intentions of Homer himself, and the significance of the heroic past and Homeric authority in Imperial Greek culture.

    • Adopts an important angle on the reception of Homer in antiquity, focusing on authors who treat Homer as an historian
    • Provides fresh interpretations of four key texts of the Imperial period
    • Addresses key issues in the definition of Hellenism, examining Homer's central role
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    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521194495
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction. Imperial Homer, history, and fiction
    2. Homer, poet and historian. Herodotus and Thucydides
    3. Homer, the ideal geographer. Strabo's Geography
    4. Homer the liar. Dio Chrysostom's Trojan Oration
    5. Homer on the island. Lucian's True Stories
    6. Ghosts at Troy. Philostratus' Heroicus
    7. Epilogue.

  • Author

    Lawrence Kim, Trinity University, Texas
    Lawrence Kim is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin and specialises in Greek literature and culture of the Imperial period.

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