Severan Culture

Severan Culture

by Simon Swain
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521859824

ISBN-13: 9780521859820

Pub. Date: 09/30/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Roman empire during the reigns of Septimius Severus and his successors (AD 193-235) enjoyed a remarkably rich and dynamic cultural life. It saw the consolidation of the movement known as the second sophistic, which had flourished during the second century and promoted the investigation and reassessment of classical Greek culture. It also witnessed the emergence of…  See more details below

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The Roman empire during the reigns of Septimius Severus and his successors (AD 193-235) enjoyed a remarkably rich and dynamic cultural life. It saw the consolidation of the movement known as the second sophistic, which had flourished during the second century and promoted the investigation and reassessment of classical Greek culture. It also witnessed the emergence of Christianity on its own terms, in Greek and in Latin, as a major force extending its influence across literature, philosophy, theology, art and even architecture. This volume offers the first wide-ranging and authoritative survey of the culture of this fascinating period when the background of Rome's rulers was for the first time non-Italian. Leading scholars discuss general trends and specific instances, together producing a vibrant picture of an extraordinary period of cultural innovation rooted in ancient tradition.

The volume is dedicated to Professor Ewen Bowie of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, to mark his retirement, and has been written by some of his many former pupils and colleagues. It recognises the enormous contribution he has made to the study of the literary and philosophical culture of the High Roman Empire.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521859820
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2007
Pages:
604
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations     viii
List of contributors     xvii
Letter of Philostratus to Longinus   Donald Russell     xix
Preface and Bibliography of Ewen Bowie   Stephen Harrison   Simon Swain     xxi
Introduction   Simon Swain     1
Literature and Culture
Prose literature and the Severan dynasty   Tim Whitmarsh     29
Severan historiography: evidence, patterns, and arguments   Harry Sidebottom     52
The worlds of Nestor the poet   John Ma     83
Sex lives of the sophists: epigrams by Philostratus and Fronto   Gideon Nisbet     114
The Cynegetica attributed to Oppian   Mary Whitby     125
Greek athletics in the Severan period: literary views   Jason Konig     135
Heracles, Prometheus, and the play of genres in [Lucian]'s Amores   Judith Mossman     146
Allegory and narrative in Heliodorus   Glenn Most     160
Polyphony or Babel? Hosidius Geta's Medea and the poetics of the cento   Philip Hardie     168
Unfair to Caecilius? Ciceronian dialogue techniques in Minucius Felix   Jonathan Powell     177
Cyprian's Ad Donatum   Michael Winterbottom     190
Art and Architecture
Art at the crossroads? Themes and styles in Severan art   Zahra Newby     201
Landscape, transformation, and divine epiphany   Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis     250
Urban development in the Severan empire   Andrew Wilson     290
Metaphor and identity in Severan architecture: the Septizodium at Rome between 'reality' and 'fantasy'   Edmund Thomas     327
Visibility and viewing on the Severan Marble Plan   Jennifer Trimble     368
Septimius Severus: the Augustan emperor   Alison Cooley     385
Religion and Philosophy
Severan Christianity   Mark Edwards     401
Almsgiving for the pure of heart: continuity and change in early Christian teaching   Richard Finn     419
Tertullian on flesh, spirit, and wives   Catherine Conybeare     430
Sophists and Rabbis: Jews and their past in the Severan age   Joseph Geiger     440
Trouble in Snake-Town: interpreting an oracle from Hierapolis-Pamukkale   Ian Rutherford     449
Magic in the Severan period   Daniel Ogden     458
Philosophy, scholarship, and the world of learning in the Severan period   Michael Trapp     470
Human autonomy and divine revelation in Origen    George Boys-Stones     489
Socrates under the Severans   Christopher Taylor     500
Bibliography     512
Index     561

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