Gellius the Satirist: Roman Cultural Authority in Attic Nights

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This monograph presents an original portrait of the second-century miscellanist Aulus Gellius, based on a detailed reading of "Attic Nights" against its contemporary background. Highlighting Gelliusa (TM) use of humour and irony in his portrayals of controversial celebrities such as Favorinus and Herodes Atticus, the book provides a necessary corrective to interpretations of Gellius as an uncritical philhellene or an apolitical bookworm. Distinguishing Gelliusa (TM) various literary personae (the youthful sectator, the independent researcher, the mature writer and adviser), the book uncovers the many-layered sophistication of Gelliusa (TM) self-presentation. Noting previously unrecognised allusions to literary works and contemporary events, it offers a fresh perspective on Gellius as a satirical writer, whose Roman cultural programme reflects the ambiguities and complexities of Antonine intellectual life.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Gellius Roman Cultural Programme
15
Chapter One Gellius the Roman Educationalist
17
Chapter Two Memory and Authority
37
Chapter Three Saturnalian Licence and Socratic Irony
67
Rehabilitation as Political Satire
95
Chapter Four Favorinus as a Comic Authority Figure
97
Avarice and Unmanliness
113
Chapter Eight The Imperial Context of Gellius Authority
193
Chapter Nine Gellius Symbouleutic Authority
215
Chapter Ten Comparative Judgments in Roman Sites of Memory
237
Chapter Eleven Comparative Judgments in Greek Sites of Memory
269
Constructing Cultural and Political Continuity
313
Bibliography
323
Index Locorum
333
Index Nominum et Rerum
345

Investigational Rhetoric
135
Chapter Seven Favorinus Controversial Authority
155
The Charisma of Antiquitas in a Sophistic Context
191

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About the author (2009)

Wytse H. Keulen, Ph.D. (2003) in Classics, University of Groningen. His commentary on Apuleius' Metamorphoses Book I appeared in 2007 (Groningen Commentaries on Apuleius); he is co-editor of The Ancient Novel and Beyond (Brill, 2003).