A Companion to Greek Literature

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Martin Hose, David Schenker
John Wiley & Sons, Oct 12, 2015 - Literary Criticism - 576 pages
A Companion to Greek Literature presents a comprehensive introduction to the wide range of texts and literary forms produced in the Greek language over the course of a millennium beginning from the 6th century BCE up to the early years of the Byzantine Empire.

  • Features contributions from a wide range of established experts and emerging scholars of Greek literature
  • Offers comprehensive coverage of the many genres and literary forms produced by the ancient Greeks—including epic and lyric poetry, oratory, historiography, biography, philosophy, the novel, and technical literature
  • Includes readings that address the production and transmission of ancient Greek texts, historic reception, individual authors, and much more
  • Explores the subject of ancient Greek literature in innovative ways
 

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Contents

List of Illustrations
8
A Companion to Greek Literature 1
21
Genres 139
23
Textual Survival and Transmission
27
Greek Literature as a Dynamic System
41
Literature in the Archaic Age
58
Literature in the Classical Age of Greece
77
Introducing Imperial Greek Literature
112
The Creators of Literature
283
Users of Literature
296
Sponsors and Enemies of Literature
310
Places of Production
325
Places of Presentation
344
Topos and Topoi
353
Literature and Truth
373
Knowledge of Self
386

The Encounter with Christianity
126
Greek Epic
141
Melic Iambic Elegiac
155
The Ethics of Greek Drama
175
Epigram and Minor Genres
190
Practice and Theory
205
Historiography and Biography
217
Treatise Dialogue Diatribe Epistle
235
The Novel
256
Technical Literature
266
Explicit Knowledge
401
Implicit Knowledge
415
The Language of Greek Literature
443
Pleasure and Creative Appropriation
461
The Function of Literature
476
Trends in Greek Literature in the Contemporary Academy
491
The Reception of Ancient Greek Literature and Western Identity
511
Index
534
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About the author (2015)

Martin Hose is Professor of Greek Literature at Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany and Fellow of the Bavarian Academy. He is the author of Euripides (2008) and of books on Greek historiography, Aristotle's fragments, and Synesius.

David Schenker is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Missouri. He has published many articles on Aeschylus, Euripides, and Plato.

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