Fiction as History: Nero to Julian

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Univ of California Press, Apr 20, 2018 - Literary Criticism - 196 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.

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press’s mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1994. 

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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

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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


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G.W. Bowersock is Professor Emeritus of Ancient History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Among his many books are Roman Arabia and Hellenism in Late Antiquity. He is coeditor of A. D. Momigliano: Studies on Modern Scholarship. His most recent book is The Crucible of Islam.

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