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Affect and Emotion in Greek Literature  

David Konstan

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Oct 2015
This article examines the way the ancient Greeks conceived of the emotions. Special attention is paid to the differences between classical Greek and modern English conceptions, in line ... More

Anthologies in the Tang  

Paul W. Kroll

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May 2017
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Apr 2017
The importance and influence of anthologies during the Tang dynasty is evident in their increasing numbers and broad variety. The names of over a hundred Tang anthologies are known, and ... More

Apuleius  

Stephen J. Harrison

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Dec 2017
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Nov 2017
This chapter considers the biography, literary career, and literary output of the second-century Platonizing Latin writer Apuleius, born in Roman North Africa in the 120s ce and recorded ... More

Chariton and Xenophon of Ephesus  

J. R. Morgan

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Dec 2017
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Nov 2017
This chapter discusses the novels of Chariton and Xenophon of Ephesus. Both are engaged with central concerns of the Second Sophistic, in particular that of elite Greek identity. ... More

The Chinese Writing System  

Imre Galambos

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May 2017
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Apr 2017
The Chinese script is one of the major writing systems of the world and has over three thousand years of recorded history. Native accounts of its origin have been extremely influential and ... More

Classicisms in Chinese Literary Culture: Six Dynasties through Tang  

Anna Shields

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May 2017
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Apr 2017
The tradition of classical studies in China after the fall of the Han continued to flourish, though in changing forms from the period of division through the end of the Tang dynasty. The ... More

Classics (jing經)  

David Schaberg

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May 2017
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Apr 2017
Each of the texts and commentarial traditions known as the “Confucian” classics derives ultimately from Zhou dynasty models for speech and ritual behavior. Shijing (Classic of Poetry) ... More

Collections (ji集)  

Xiaofei Tian

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May 2017
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Apr 2017
Ji, “collection,” is the last of the four-part Chinese bibliographical scheme after “Classics,” “Histories,” and “Masters.” Referring to collections of literary works, it is central to our ... More

Colonialism, Colonization: Roman Perspectives  

Clifford Ando

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May 2016
This chapter explores the practicalities of empire and colonialism as these affected the conditions of cultural production under Roman rule and adumbrates contours of enquiry within ... More

Colonization, Sinicization, and the Polyscriptic Northwest  

Tamara T. Chin

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May 2017
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Apr 2017
This chapter gives a chronological sketch of China’s past as a real and imagined part of a culturally larger history. It addresses the significance of the historiographic paradigms of ... More

Concepts of Authorship  

Wai-Yee Li

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May 2017
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Apr 2017
What are the words and phrases used to designate authorship in classical Chinese literature? What are the anecdotes and stories told to emblematize or dramatize the contexts and meanings ... More

Coptic  

Tito Orlandi

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Mar 2016
Coptic literature was born together with the Coptic language in Roman Egypt, around the third century, inside the Christian Church. It developed following the exigencies of the Church, ... More

Defenses of Literature/Literary Thought/Poetics  

Paul Rouzer

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May 2017
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Apr 2017
Traditional Chinese poetics grew out of hermeneutic tendencies associated with the Shijing, as commentators linked the poems to specific personal responses to historical events. This led ... More

Early Sino-Japanese Literature  

Wiebke Denecke

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May 2017
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Apr 2017
Sino-Japanese literature stands out among the Chinese-style literatures of East Asia for the wealth of texts preserved from the early period, its complex symbiosis with a flourishing ... More

Elite versus Popular Literature  

Wilt Idema

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May 2017
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Apr 2017
Ever since the May Fourth Movement of the 1920s, scholars of Chinese literary history have deployed a distinction between elite literature and popular literature, claiming that the “dead” ... More

Etruscan  

Larissa Bonfante

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Mar 2016
This article provides an overview of Etruscan literature. It considers how the Greek innovations of myth and writing came into Etruria, how the Etruscans viewed early writing as magical, ... More

Figures  

Wai-Yee Li

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May 2017
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Apr 2017
This chapter presents a wide range of human actors in classical Chinese literature, exploring when, where, how, and to what ends certain figures appear, recur, change, or achieve ... More

Georgian  

Donald Rayfield

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Oct 2015
This chapter traces from c.400 to 1000 CE the evolution of early Georgian literature from translation of Byzantine scriptural and liturgical texts to original composition, exploring and ... More

Greece: Winning Ways in Warfare  

Paul C. Millett

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Jan 2013
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Jan 2013
This chapter assesses the Greek writing on the subject of warfare. The plausibility of Demosthenes' presentation of Philip's waging of war is also addressed. The issues of orality and ... More

Greek Literature in Contemporary Political Theory and Thought  

Demetra Kasimis

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Feb 2015
This article explores the uses of Greek literature, philosophy, and politics in contemporary political theory. It explains that, since the second half of the 20th century, the study and ... More

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