Philostratus

Author: Ewen Bowie

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521827205

Category: History

Page: 401

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Covers the many varied works of Philostratus, the great essayist, biographer and historian of Greek culture in the Roman world.
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Greek Literature in the Roman Empire

Author: Jason Konig

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472521323

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 128

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In this book Jason Konig offers for the first time an accessible yet comprehensive account of the multi-faceted Greek literature of the Roman Empire, focusing especially on the first three centuries AD. He covers in turn the Greek novels of this period, the satirical writing of Lucian, rhetoric, philosophy, scientific and miscellanistic writing, geography and history, biography and poetry, providing a vivid introduction to key texts, with extensive quotation in translation. The challenges and pleasures these texts offer to their readers have come to be newly appreciated in the classical scholarship of the last two or three decades. In addition there has been renewed interest in the role played by novelistic and rhetorical writing in the Greek culture of the Roman Empire more broadly, and in the many different ways in which these texts respond to the world around them. This volume offers a broad introduction to those exciting developments.
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Athletics and Literature in the Roman Empire

Author: Jason König

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521838450

Category: Art

Page: 398

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From the first to third century AD Greek athletics flourished as never before. This book offers exciting readings of those developments. Drawing on a wide range of evidence, it sheds light on practices of athletic competition and athletic education in the Roman Empire. In addition it examines some of the ways in which athletic activity was represented within different texts and contexts. Most importantly, the book shows how discussion and representation of athletics could become entangled with many other areas of cultural debate, and used as a vehicle for many different varieties of authorial self-presentation and cultural self-scrutiny. It also argues for complex connections between different areas of athletic representation, particularly between literary and epigraphical texts. It offers re-interpretations of a number of major authors, especially Lucian, Dio Chrysostom, Pausanias, Silius Italicus, Galen and Philostratus.
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Syrian Identity in the Greco-Roman World

Author: Nathanael J. Andrade

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107244560

Category: History

Page: N.A

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By engaging with recent developments in the study of empires, this book examines how inhabitants of Roman imperial Syria reinvented expressions and experiences of Greek, Roman and Syrian identification. It demonstrates how the organization of Greek communities and a peer polity network extending citizenship to ethnic Syrians generated new semiotic frameworks for the performance of Greekness and Syrianness. Within these, Syria's inhabitants reoriented and interwove idioms of diverse cultural origins, including those from the Near East, to express Greek, Roman and Syrian identifications in innovative and complex ways. While exploring a vast array of written and material sources, the book thus posits that Greekness and Syrianness were constantly shifting and transforming categories, and it critiques many assumptions that govern how scholars of antiquity often conceive of Roman imperial Greek identity, ethnicity and culture in the Roman Near East, and processes of 'hybridity' or similar concepts.
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The Making of Roman India

Author: Grant Parker

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521858348

Category: History

Page: 357

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Discusses ancient Greek and Roman perceptions of India during a thousand-year period.
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Greece and the Augustan Cultural Revolution

Author: A. J. S. Spawforth

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139505025

Category: History

Page: N.A

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This book examines the impact of the Roman cultural revolution under Augustus on the Roman province of Greece. It argues that the transformation of Roman Greece into a classicizing 'museum' was a specific response of the provincial Greek elites to the cultural politics of the Roman imperial monarchy. Against a background of Roman debates about Greek culture and Roman decadence, Augustus promoted the ideal of a Roman debt to a 'classical' Greece rooted in Europe and morally opposed to a stereotyped Asia. In Greece the regime signalled its admiration for Athens, Sparta, Olympia and Plataea as symbols of these past Greek glories. Cued by the Augustan monarchy, provincial Greek notables expressed their Roman orientation by competitive cultural work (revival of ritual; restoration of buildings) aimed at further emphasising Greece's 'classical' legacy. Reprised by Hadrian, the Augustan construction of 'classical' Greece helped to promote the archaism typifying Greek culture under the principate.
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Cultural Memories in the Roman Empire

Author: Karl Galinsky,Kenneth Lapatin

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 1606064622

Category: Art

Page: 376

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Memory studies — one of the most vibrant research fields of the present day — brings together such diverse disciplines as art and archaeology, history, religion, literature, sociology, media studies, and neuroscience. In scholarship on ancient Rome, studies of social and cultural memory complement traditional approaches, opening up new horizons as we contemplate the ancient world. The fifteen essays presented here explore memory in the Roman Empire, addressing a wide spectrum of cultural phenomena from a range of approaches. Ancient Rome was a memory culture par excellence and memory pervades all aspects of Roman culture, from literature and art to religion and politics. This volume is the first to address the cultural artifacts of Rome through the lens of memory studies. An essential guide to the material culture of Rome, this book brings important new concepts to the fore for both scholars of the ancient world and those of social and cultural memory throughout human history.
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Being Greek Under Rome

Cultural Identity, the Second Sophistic and the Development of Empire

Author: Simon Goldhill

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521030878

Category: History

Page: 404

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These especially commissioned essays open up a fascinating and novel perspective on a crucial era of Western culture. In the second century CE the Roman empire dominated the Mediterranean, but Greek culture maintained its huge prestige. At the same time, Christianity and Judaism were vying for followers against the lures of such an elite cultural life. This book looks at how writers in Greek from all areas of Empire society responded to their political position, to intellectual authority, to religious and social pressures.
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Greek Myths in Roman Art and Culture

Imagery, Values and Identity in Italy, 50 BC–AD 250

Author: Zahra Newby

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107072247

Category: Art

Page: 392

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A new reading of the portrayal of Greek myths in Roman art, revealing important shifts in Roman values and identities.
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