By et al Jo-Ann A. Brant (Editor)
The essays during this quantity learn the connection among historic fiction within the Greco-Roman global and early Jewish and Christian narratives. they give thought to how these narratives imitated or exploited conventions of fiction to supply types of literature that expressed new rules or formed neighborhood id in the transferring social and political climates in their personal societies. significant authors and texts surveyed contain Chariton, Shakespeare, Homer, Vergil, Plato, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Daniel, three Maccabees, the testomony of Abraham, rabbinic midrash, the Apocryphal Acts, Ezekiel the Tragedian, and the Sophist Aelian. This diversified assortment finds and examines universal matters and syntheses within the making: the pervasive use and subversive strength of imitation, the excellence among fiction and heritage, and using background within the expression of identification.
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34). 46. , Il. 55) and “fair ankled” Leucothea (Od. 333) or Hebe (Od. 603). 47. 9, all citing the Homeric tag e1nqen e9lw/n (Od. 11, which cite the tag ou)p / w pa~n ei)r/ hto e)p / oj (Od. 11). On Chariton’s use of Homer, see also Papanikolaou, Chariton-Studien, 14–16. 48 And yet, Chariton’s familiarity probably goes well beyond that gained in school. 8). 53 Accordingly, skill at public speaking was the goal at this stage, but before “acquiring the wings of eloquence,” to use Cribiore’s apt phrase,54 students—who 48.
On sophistopolis, see Russell, Greek Declamation, 111, 112. 36 ancient fiction poets, historians, and orators tends to go no farther than the core authors118 and moreover betrays a knowledge of them that derived in many instances from quotations already selected by his teachers and hence found in his school textbooks. The only exception is Xenophon’s Cyropaedia, whose various quotes and borrowings suggest first-hand reading on Chariton’s part. Consequently, Antonios Papanikolaou’s conclusion, that Chariton “war ein relative belesener Mann,”119 is overstated, although Chariton was probably far more typical of pepaideume/noi in early imperial society than contemporaries like Dio Chrysostom or Plutarch.
106. 7–18. 6–13). 1–10). 108 For example, Dionysius’s prooi/mion is as follows: I am grateful to you, O King, for the honor which you have shown me, the virtue of self-control,109 and the marriages of all. For you have not allowed a private citizen to be plotted against by a public official. 110 This prooi/mion prompts several rhetorical observations. 113 107. See Quintilian, Inst. 57. 108. For analysis of this speech into its parts, see Hock, “Rhetoric of Romance,” 463. 109. By my translation I reject the emendation proposed by John Jackson (see “The Greek Novelists,” CQ 29 : 52–57, esp.
Ancient Fiction: The Matrix of Early Christian And Jewish Narrative (Symposium Series) by et al Jo-Ann A. Brant (Editor)