The Second Sophistic

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 1, 2005 - History - 106 pages
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The 'Second Sophistic' is arguably the fastest-growing area in contemporary classical scholarship. This short, accessible account explores the various ways in which modern scholarship has approached one of the most extraordinary literary phenomena of antiquity, the dazzling oratorical culture of the Early Imperial period. Successive chapters deal with historical and cultural background, sophistic performance, technical treatises (including the issue of Atticism and Asianism), the concept of identity, and the wider impact of sophistic performance on major authors of the time, including Plutarch, Lucian and the Greek novelists.

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Timothy Whitmarsh has been Junior Research Fellow, St John's College, Cambridge (1997-1999) and Fellow, Director of Studies and College Lecturer in Classics, St John's College, Cambridge (1999-2001). Currently he is Reader in Greek Literature, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter.

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