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Homer between history and fiction in imperial Greek literature

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Written by Lawrence Kim
Published by Cambridge University Press, 2010. 
Hardcover. 
Condition: As New. 
Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 
246 pages 
One of the 'Greek Culture in the Modern World' series

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.

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Author(s):
Lawrence Kim
Condition:
As new
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229x152x20
EAN-13:
9780521194495
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521194495
ISBN-13:
9780521194495
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
246
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Homer between history and fiction in imperial Greek literature

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Written by Lawrence Kim
Published by Cambridge University Press, 2010. 
Hardcover. 
Condition: As New. 
Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 
246 pages 
One of the 'Greek Culture in the Modern World' series

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.

Author(s):
Lawrence Kim
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
229x152x20
EAN-13:
9780521194495
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521194495
ISBN-13:
9780521194495
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
246
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Homer between history and fiction in imperial Greek literature

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