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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 with ... More

After-Lives: Biographical Receptions of Greek and Roman Poets in the Twentieth Century  

Nora Goldschmidt

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Dec 2020
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Jan 2021
This chapter explores biographical receptions of Greek and Roman poets in the twentieth century. Classical scholarship has now begun to recognize ancient biography as a creative mode of ... More

The Alexander Romance  

Corinne Jouanno

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Dec 2020
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Jan 2021
The present paper focusses on the oldest version of the Alexander Romance (the so-called alpha recension). It is a composite work, made of heterogeneous elements whose combination generates ... More

Ancient Biographies of Statesmen  

Jacqueline Klooster

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Dec 2020
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Jan 2021
This chapter discusses ancient biographies of statesmen. What is the nature of ancient political biography? It is the description of the life and deeds of a significant political player of ... More

Ancient Biography and the Italian Renaissance: Old Models and New Developments  

Thomas Hendrickson

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Dec 2020
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Jan 2021
This chapter discusses ancient biography in the Italian Renaissance. One way to reveal some of the major trends and developments of ancient biography in the Renaissance is to examine the ... More

Ancient Biography in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries  

Enrica Zanin

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Dec 2020
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Jan 2021
This chapter examines presences of ancient biography in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The popularity of biography in seventeenth-century Europe was mainly due to the numerous ... 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 as ... More

Arabic Biography  

Faustina Doufikar-Aerts

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Dec 2020
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Jan 2021
This chapter examines the Arabic biographical tradition. The genre of biographical writing is a celebrated, multifaceted, and widely practised field of Arabic literature. Basic forms of ... More

Armenian  

S. Peter Cowe

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Jan 2021
Recognizing Hellenism and Greek as the hemispherically dominant culture and language of late antiquity, this chapter applies a dynamic model to chart the incremental Armenian reception of ... More

Armenian Biography in Late Antiquity  

S. Peter Cowe

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Dec 2020
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Jan 2021
This chapter discusses the diverse Armenian biographical material, which was transmitted directly or indirectly in written form and hence dependent on the existence of a writing system. ... More

Augustine’s Confessions as Autobiography  

Michael Stuart Williams

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Dec 2020
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Jan 2021
This chapter explores the Confessions of Augustine of Hippo. Almost every author who writes on Augustine’s Confessions feels an obligation to insist that this difficult and complex work is ... More

The Biographer as Literary Artist: Form and Content in Philostratus’ Apollonius  

Adam M. Kemezis

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Dec 2020
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Jan 2021
This chapter focuses on Philostratus’ Apollonius. It begins by examining Philostratus’ explicit rhetorical claims and his curiously ambiguous narrative stance, before moving on to the ... More

Biographical Monuments: Displaying Selves and Lives in Ancient Egypt  

Elizabeth Frood

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Dec 2020
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Jan 2021
This chapter surveys the genre normally referred to by Egyptologists as ‘biography’ or ‘autobiography’, comprising texts, often inscribed on stone monuments, which recount, in various ... More

Biography and Praise in Trajanic Rome: Tacitus’ Agricola and Pliny’s Panegyricus  

Christopher Whitton

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Dec 2020
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Jan 2021
This chapter addresses Tacitus’ Agricola and Pliny the Younger’s Panegyricus. At first glance, they have little in common. Both written early in Trajan’s principate, one is a short ... More

A Bishop’s Biography: Eusebius of Caesarea and the Life of Constantine  

James Corke-Webster

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Dec 2020
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Jan 2021
Eusebius’ Life of Constantine is one of the oddest works of biography to survive from Antiquity. As such, its authenticity and genre have been much studied. But its literary qualities ... More

Byzantine Biography  

Martin Hinterberger

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Dec 2020
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Jan 2021
This chapter studies direct and indirect influences of classical and late antique biographical forms and contents on Byzantine biographical writing. Both the main characteristics of ... More

Celtic  

Joseph F. Eska

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Jul 2020
Greek and Roman ethnographic writers provide information about the bardic poets of Cisalpine Gaul and Transalpine Gaul, as well as the character of their poetry. Among the fragmentary ... 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. Chariton’s ... 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

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