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Culture In Pieces: Essays on Ancient Texts in Honour of Peter Parsons

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This volume originated in a conference of the same title, held in Oxford in September 2006, to celebrate the 70th birthday of Peter Parsons, Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford from 1989 to 2003. The contributors, who are former pupils, colleagues or collaborators with Peter Parsons, share a deep admiration for him and his work. Peter Parsons has, throughout his career, been engaged in research on newly discovered papyrus texts, and such texts play an important part in this volume's discussions. He has also ...
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This volume originated in a conference of the same title, held in Oxford in September 2006, to celebrate the 70th birthday of Peter Parsons, Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford from 1989 to 2003. The contributors, who are former pupils, colleagues or collaborators with Peter Parsons, share a deep admiration for him and his work. Peter Parsons has, throughout his career, been engaged in research on newly discovered papyrus texts, and such texts play an important part in this volume's discussions. He has also constantly sought to use these texts to illuminate the literary and cultural history of antiquity. The essays in this volume are suitably diverse, reflecting the broad interests of the honorand: they straddle prose and verse, literary and subliterary texts, addressing both theoretical issues and specific practical problems of interpretation which contribute to the difficulties faced in giving form and meaning to the diverse and fragmentary evidence of ancient literary history - to give some kind of partial unity to 'culture in pieces'.

Broader topics considered include the methodology of editing fragments, the problems of identifying authorship (New Comedy being treated as a test case), the ambiguities of texts which may or may not be read as ironic, and the development of the Greek novel. Among major authors treated are Pindar, Euripides, Menander, Callimachus, and Ovid. The volume also includes an introduction outlining Peter Parsons's career and achievements, and a bibliography of his publications.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780199292011
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dirk Obbink has held positions at Columbia and Ann Arbor. He was appointed University Lecturer in Papyrology in 1995 and has taught in Oxford since.

Richard Rutherford has been Tutor in Greek and Latin Literature at Christ Church College, Oxford, since 1982.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations and Conventions
Notes on Contributors
Introduction
Richard Rutherford and Dirk Obbink
1. Vanishing Conjecture: The Recovery of Lost Books from Aristotle to Eco, Dirk Obbink
2. Pindar as a Man of Letters, M. L. West
3. The Papyri of Herodotus, S. R. West
4. The Use and Abuse of Irony, Richard Rutherford
5. Greek Letters in Hellenistic Bactria, Adrian Hollis
6. Menander and his Rivals: New Light from the Comic Adespota on Papyria
7. The Rediscovery of Menander, Eric Handley
8. My Daughter and her Dowry : Smikrines in Menander s Epitrepontes, Colin Austin
9. More Facts from Fragments, Annette Harder
10. Remapping the Mediterranean: The Argo Adventure in Apollonius and Callimachus, Susan Stephens
11. Theudotus of Lipara (Callimachus, fr. 93 Pf.), Giulio Massimilla
12. The Reputation of Callimachus, Richard Hunter
13. Telling Tales: Ovid s Metamorphoses and Callimachus, Gregory Hutchinson
14. On Ancient Prose Rhythm: The Story of the Dichoreus, Michael Winterbottom
15. Alexander of Aphrodisias, De prouidentia: Greek Fragments and Arabic Versions, Christoph Riedweg
16. Missing Pages: Papyrology, Genre, and the Greek Novel, Albert Henrichs
Bibliography of Peter Parsons
Indexes

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