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

Nora Goldschmidt

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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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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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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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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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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

Arabic Biography  

Faustina Doufikar-Aerts

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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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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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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

Authorial Comments in Thucydides  

Matthieu de Bakker

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May 2017
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This chapter argues that authorial comments are an important tool of Thucydides’ historiographical strategy. As the comments interrelate with the longer authorial essays, the surrounding ... More

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

Adam M. Kemezis

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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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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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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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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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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

Campaign and Battle Narratives in Thucydides  

Edith Foster

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May 2017
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This chapter reviews the campaign and battle narratives of Thucydides’ History. It discusses the structural role of campaign narratives in the History, and then focusses on the prologues, ... More

Characterization of Individuals in Thucydides’ History  

Philip Stadter

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May 2017
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Thucydides presents the words and deeds of individuals chiefly in terms of their importance for understanding the war. He characterizes leading actors through their speeches, indications of ... More

Christian Biography  

Scott Fitzgerald Johnson

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This chapter addresses Christian biography. The Christian biographical tradition is simultaneously fundamental to the early Church and also fundamentally different from Graeco-Roman ... More

Coptic Life Stories  

Arietta Papaconstantinou

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Dec 2020
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This chapter highlights Coptic life-writing; identifying its various strands and forms can open new avenues for the analysis of Coptic literature. On the whole, the rise of the biographic ... More

Depicted Lives: The Role of the Visual Arts in Sophistic Self-Representation  

Zahra Newby

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Dec 2020
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This chapter investigates the types of biographies which could be written through material objects, and the dynamic uses to which prominent figures could put the visual arts in their ... More

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