Gellius the Satirist: Roman Cultural Authority in Attic Nights

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This monograph presents an original portrait of the second-century miscellanist Aulus Gellius, based on a detailed reading of Attic Nights against its contemporary background. Highlighting Gellius’ use of humour and irony in his portrayals of controversial celebrities such as Favorinus and Herodes Atticus, the book provides a necessary corrective to interpretations of Gellius as an uncritical philhellene or an apolitical bookworm. Distinguishing Gellius’ various literary personae (the youthful sectator, the ...

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Overview

This monograph presents an original portrait of the second-century miscellanist Aulus Gellius, based on a detailed reading of Attic Nights against its contemporary background. Highlighting Gellius’ use of humour and irony in his portrayals of controversial celebrities such as Favorinus and Herodes Atticus, the book provides a necessary corrective to interpretations of Gellius as an uncritical philhellene or an apolitical bookworm. Distinguishing Gellius’ various literary personae (the youthful sectator, the independent researcher, the mature writer and adviser), the book uncovers the many-layered sophistication of Gellius’ self-presentation. Noting previously unrecognised allusions to literary works and contemporary events, it offers a fresh perspective on Gellius as a satirical writer, whose Roman cultural programme reflects the ambiguities and complexities of Antonine intellectual life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004169869
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/29/2008
  • Series: Mnemosyne, Supplements Series , #297
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Wytse H. Keulen, Ph.D. (2003) in Classics, University of Groningen. His commentary on Apuleius’ Metamorphoses Book I appeared in 2007 (Groningen Commentaries on Apuleius); he is co-editor of The Ancient Novel and Beyond (Brill, 2003).
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Constructing Authority: Gellius' Roman Cultural Programme

Ch. 1 Gellius the Roman Educationalist 17

Ch. 2 Memory and Authority 37

Ch. 3 Saturnalian Licence and Socratic Irony 67

Pt. 2 Playing with Reputations: 'Rehabilitation' as Political Satire

Ch. 4 Favorinus as a 'Comic Authority Figure' 97

Ch. 5 Exposing his Own Infamy: Avarice and Unmanliness 113

Ch. 6 Demonstration and Refutation: 'Investigational Rhetoric' 135

Ch. 7 Favorinus' Controversial Authority 155

Pt. 3 Gellius' Ideological Authority: The Charisma of Antiquitas in a Sophistic Context

Ch. 8 The Imperial Context of Gellius' Authority 193

Ch. 9 Gellius' Symbouleutic Authority 215

Ch. 10 Comparative Judgments in Roman Sites of Memory 237

Ch. 11 Comparative Judgments in Greek Sites of Memory 269

Conclusion: Constructing Cultural and Political Continuity 313

Bibliography 323

Index Locorum 333

Index Nominum et Rerum 345

Index Verborum Latinorum et Graecorum 359

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