Skip to content
Cart

Your Cart

×

You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist

Writing Biography in Greece and Rome
Narrative Technique and Fictionalization

$126.00 (C)

Koen De Temmerman, David Konstan, Robyn Walsh, Grammatiki Karla, Eran Almagor, Mark Beck, Patrick Robiano, Christa Gray, Danny Praet, Maarten De Pourcq, Geert Roskam, Eleni Kechagia, Rhiannon Ash, Tristan Power, Diederik Burgersdijk, John Paul Christy, Ranja Knöbl, Luke V. Pitcher
View all contributors
  • Date Published: May 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107129122

$ 126.00 (C)
Hardback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
eBook


Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact collegesales@cambridge.org providing details of the course you are teaching.

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • Ancient biography is now a well-established and popular field of study among classicists as well as many scholars of literature and history more generally. In particular biographies offer important insights into the dynamics underlying ancient performance of the self and social behaviour, issues currently of crucial importance in classical studies. They also raise complex issues of narrativity and fictionalization. This volume examines a range of ancient texts which are or purport to be biographical and explores how formal narrative categories such as time, space and character are constructed and how they address (highlight, question, thematize, underscore or problematize) the borderline between historicity and fictionality. In doing so, it makes a major contribution not only to the study of ancient biographical writing but also to broader narratological approaches to ancient texts.

    • Undertakes the first exploration of formal techniques constructing the narration in ancient biography and examines to what extent these techniques act as markers of fictionality
    • Contributes to ongoing debates about the (often problematic) literariness and aesthetics of individual biographies
    • Contributes to a new understanding of the biographers' presentation of their own documents
    Read more

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107129122
    • length: 354 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 162 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Ancient Biography Revisited:
    1. Ancient biography and formalities of fiction Koen De Temmerman
    2. Civic and subversive biography in antiquity David Konstan and Robyn Walsh
    Part II. Individual Biographies:
    3. Life of Aesop: fictional biography as popular literature? Grammatiki Karla
    4. Parallel narratives and possible worlds in Plutarch's Life of Artaxerxes Eran Almagor
    5. Lucian's Life of Demonax: the Socratic paradigm, individuality and personality Mark Beck
    6. The Apologia as a mise en abyme in Philostratus' Life of Apollonius of Tyana Patrick Robiano
    7. The emended monk: the Greek translation of Jerome's Vita Malchi Christa Gray
    8. The divided cloak as redemptio militiae: Biblical stylization and hagiographical intertextuality in Sulpicius Severus' Vita Martini Danny Praet
    Part III. Collective Biographies:
    9. Mirroring virtues in Plutarch's Lives of Agis, Cleomenes and Gracchi Maarten De Pourcq and Geert Roskam
    10. Dying philosophers in ancient biography: Zeno the Stoic and Epicurus Eleni Kechagia
    11. Never say die! Assassinating emperors in Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars Rhiannon Ash
    12. Poetry and fiction in Suetonius' Illustrious Men Tristan Power
    13. Qui vitas aliorum scribere orditur: narratological implications of fictional authors in the Historia Augusta Diederik Burgersdijk
    Part IV. Biographical Modes of Discourse:
    14. Chion of Heraclea: letters and the life of a tyrannicide John Paul Christy
    15. Brief encounter: timing and biographical representation in the Ps.-Hippocratic letters Ranja Knöbl
    16. A shaggy thigh story: Kalasiris on the life of Homer (Heliodorus 3.14) Luke V. Pitcher.

  • Editors

    Koen De Temmerman, Universiteit Gent, Belgium
    Koen De Temmerman is Research Professor of Ancient Literatures and European Literary History in the Department of Literary Studies, Ghent University. He is the recipient of prestigious awards, such as the Triennial Prize for Humanities of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (2008) and an ERC Starting Grant (2013). He has published extensively on ancient narrative literature, and is the author of Crafting Characters: Heroes and Heroines in the Ancient Greek Novel (2014) and the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Biography (forthcoming).

    Kristoffel Demoen, Universiteit Gent, Belgium
    Kristoffel Demoen is Professor of Ancient and Byzantine Greek in the Department of Literary Studies, Ghent University. He is the author of three books and over seventy scholarly articles, and (co-)editor of seven books. His main research interests are related to the transmission, transformation and adaptation of the ancient literary and cultural tradition, especially from the post-classical to the Byzantine period. He is co-editor of L'Antiquité Classique and Byzantion, and president of the Belgian Society for Byzantine Studies.

    Contributors

    Koen De Temmerman, David Konstan, Robyn Walsh, Grammatiki Karla, Eran Almagor, Mark Beck, Patrick Robiano, Christa Gray, Danny Praet, Maarten De Pourcq, Geert Roskam, Eleni Kechagia, Rhiannon Ash, Tristan Power, Diederik Burgersdijk, John Paul Christy, Ranja Knöbl, Luke V. Pitcher

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email lecturers@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×