Fiction as History: Nero to Julian

Front Cover
University of California Press, Jan 1, 1994 - History - 181 pages
Using pagan fiction produced in Greek and Latin during the early Christian era, G. W. Bowersock investigates the complex relationship between "historical" and "fictional" truths. This relationship preoccupied writers of the second century, a time when apparent fictions about both past and present were proliferating at an astonishing rate and history was being invented all over again. With force and eloquence, Bowersock illuminates social attitudes of this period and persuasively argues that its fiction was influenced by the emerging Christian Gospel narratives.

Enthralling in its breadth and enhanced by two erudite appendices, this is a book that will be warmly welcomed by historians and interpreters of literature.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - jsburbidge - LibraryThing

The core thread of these lectures is an argument that the Greek novel,which flourished from the late first century to the fourth, draws themes and ideas from then-nascent Christianity. It can get ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

This book is not a piece of light entertainment. Bowersock's ingenious investigation into the interweaving of Secular Roman literature in the period 100 - 250 CE, has value for the specialist in the ... Read full review

Contents

Truth in Lying
1
Other Peoples Other Places
29
The Wounded Savior
55
The Reality of Dreams
77
Resurrection
99
Polytheism and Scripture
121
Appendixes
145
Bibliography
161
Index Locorum
169
General Index
175
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1994)

G. W. Bowersock is Professor of Ancient History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Among his many books are Roman Arabia (1983) and Hellenism in Late Antiquity (1990). He is coeditor of A. D. Momigliano: Studies on Modern Scholarship (California 1994).

Bibliographic information