Creative Lives in Classical Antiquity: Poets, Artists and Biography

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Richard Fletcher, Johanna Hanink
Cambridge University Press, Nov 21, 2016 - Architecture - 380 pages
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What happened when creative biographers took on especially creative subjects (poets, artists and others) in Greek and Roman antiquity? Creative Lives in Classical Antiquity examines how the biographical traditions of ancient poets and artists parallel the creative processes of biographers themselves, both within antiquity and beyond. Each chapter explores a range of biographical material that highlights the complexity of how readers and viewers imagine the lives of ancient creator-figures. Work in the last decades has emphasized the likely fictionality of nearly all of the ancient evidence about the lives of poets, as well as of other artists and intellectuals; this book now sets out to show what we might nevertheless still do with the rich surviving testimony for 'creative lives' - and the evidence that those traditions still shape how we narrate modern lives too.
 

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Contents

what we mean by creative lives
3
the privileging of ancient lives
9
Close encounters with the ancient poets
51
Recognizing Virgil
75
Pindars Lives of the poets
103
Whats in a Life? Some forgotten faces of Euripides
129
epigraphy and biography in classical
147
ancient biographers
177
three
198
Diogenes Laertius
219
the mythical
243
creating creators in ancient
274
Freud and the biography of antiquity
305
Works cited
334
Index
369
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Richard Fletcher is Associate Professor of Classics at Ohio State University. He specializes in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and the dynamic between Classics and contemporary art. He is the author of Apuleius' Platonism: The Impersonation of Philosophy (Cambridge, 2014) and is co-editor, with Wilson Shearin, of The Oxford Handbook of Roman Philosophy (forthcoming).

Johanna Hanink is Assistant Professor of Classics and Robert Gale Noyes Assistant Professor of Humanities at Brown University. She has published widely on ancient traditions about the Athenian tragedians, which also feature in her 2014 monograph Lycurgan Athens and the Making of Classical Tragedy (Cambridge, 2014).

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