A. D. Momigliano

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Using pagan prose fiction produced in Greek and Latin during the early Christian era, Bowersock investigates the complex relationship among perceived and presented "historical" and "fictional" truths. Bowersock's superb lecturing style is successfully transferred into writing with force and eloquence, as he weaves accounts from a wide range of sources into his text, illuminating social attitudes of the period and persuasively arguing that fiction of the period was influenced by...
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Overview


Using pagan prose fiction produced in Greek and Latin during the early Christian era, Bowersock investigates the complex relationship among perceived and presented "historical" and "fictional" truths. Bowersock's superb lecturing style is successfully transferred into writing with force and eloquence, as he weaves accounts from a wide range of sources into his text, illuminating social attitudes of the period and persuasively arguing that fiction of the period was influenced by the emerging Christian Gospel narratives.

In the second half of the first century emerges a new kind of fiction including outlandish tales of travel, romance and comic novels. Bowersock concentrates on secular literature, illuminating not only its literary motifs, but also reconstructing the societal context as one engrossed in fabrications and all kinds of revisions or rewriting. Using these less familiar materials as his points of reference, he reads into familiar Christian material, making linkages and casting new light on familiar subjects, as well as providing some provocative interpretations of familiar Christian texts.

Bowersock uses close historical and literary analyses of specific passages of works, and pays attention to larger and more general issues and questions around the relationship between fiction and history and how we read them. This book will be of basic intellectual concern to all raised in the environment of Christian belief.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520085459
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author


G. W. Bowersock is Professor of Ancient History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Among his many books are Roman Arabia (1983) and Hellenism in Late Antiquity (1990).
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Bibliographical References
1 Friedrich Creuzer and Greek Historiography (1946) 1
2 George Grote and the Study of Greek History (1952) 15
3 M. I. Rostovtzeff (1954) 32
4 Introduction to the Griechische Kulturgeschichte by Jacob Burckhardt (1955) 44
5 In Memory of Gaetano De Sanctis (1870-1957) (1957) 54
6 Introduction to R. Syme, The Roman Revolution (1962) 72
7 Reconsidering B. Croce (1866-1952) (1966) 80
8 Julius Beloch (1966) 97
9 Jacob Bernays (1969) 121
10 J. G. Droysen Between Greeks and Jews (1970) 147
11 The Ancient City of Fustel de Coulanges (1970) 162
12 Introduction to a Discussion of Karl Reinhardt (1975) 179
13 Introduction to a Discussion of Eduard Schwartz (1978) 187
14 Liberal Historian and Supporter of the Holy Roman Empire: E. A. Freeman (1980) 197
15 Introduction to a Discussion of Eduard Meyer (1981) 209
16 New Paths of Classicism in the Nineteenth Century (1982) 223
17 Introduction to a Discussion of Georges Dumezil (1983) 286
18 A Return to Eighteenth-Century "Etruscheria": K. O. Muller (1985) 302
19 From Bachofen to Cumont (1988) 315
Index 329
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