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Fiction as History: Nero to Julian
     

Fiction as History: Nero to Julian

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by G. W. Bowersock
 

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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

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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 appices, this is a book that will be warmly welcomed by historians and interpreters of literature.

Author Biography: 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). He is coeditor of A. D. Momigliano: Studies on Modern Scholarship (California 1994).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520208810
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/29/1997
Series:
Sather Classical Lectures Series
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.53(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). He is coeditor of A. D. Momigliano: Studies on Modern Scholarship (California 1994).

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Fiction as History: Nero to Julian 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Manirul More than 1 year ago
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