Wandering Poets and Other Essays on Late Greek Literature and Philosophy

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Oxford University Press, 2016 - History - 359 pages
This book presents a substantially revised version of some of the most important and innovative articles published by Alan Cameron in the field of late antique Greek poetry and philosophy. Much new material has been added to the account of the "Wandering Poets" from early Byzantine Egypt, and earlier judgment on their paganism is nuanced. The story of Cyrus of Panopolis and the empress Eudocia takes into account important recent work on the poetry of Eudocia. Several chapters discuss the date and identity of the influential poet Nonnus. The longest chapter reviews the celebrated story of the so-called closing of the Academy of Athens and the trip of its seven remaining philosophers to the court of the Persian king Chosroes, rejecting the fashionable current idea that they set up a new school at Harran on the Persian border. An entirely new chapter discusses a recently published papyrus containing poems of the Alexandrian epigrammatist Palladas, rejecting the editor's claim that Palladas wrote almost a century earlier than hitherto believed. A concluding chapter, never before published, reinvestigates the evidence for paganism in sixth-century Byzantium. Boldly and persuasively argued, and drawing on a profound knowledge of the period, the volume as a whole deepens our knowledge of the rich intellectual traditions of the late antique Hellenic world.

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A Literary Movement in Byzantine Egypt
2 The Empress and the Poet
3 The Poet the Bishop and the Harlot
New Poems New Date?
5 Claudian
6 Claudian Revisited
7 Poets and Pagans in Byzantine Egypt
8 Poetry and Literary Culture in Late Antiquity
Life Death and Works
10 The Last Days of the Academy at Athens
A Note on the Theodosian Sibyl
12 Paganism in SixthCentury Byzantium

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Alan Cameron is Charles Anthon Professor Emeritus of Latin at Columbia University. His previous books include Claudian, Porphyrius the Charioteer, Circus Factions, The Greek Anthology, Callimachus and his Critics, Greek Mythography in the Roman World, and The Last Pagans of Rome. He was awarded the Kenyon Medal for classical studies and archaeology by the British Academy in 2013.

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