The Limits of Ancient Biography: Genre and Technique

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The genre of biography in the ancient world is interestingly diverse and permeable and deserves intensive study, bearing as it does on ideas of characterisation and the individual. This volume considers both the form and the content of biography across the ancient world, and is particularly interested in the frontiers with other related genres, such as history. The papers range from the Old Testament to the Arab world, from the New Testament to the Lives of Saints, from the classic Greek and Roman biographers to less well known practitioners of the art.

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Editorial Reviews

Bryn Mawr Classical Review - John Higgins
...this collection represents an important contribution to the scholarly discourse on ancient biography. Each of the contributions is worth reading on its own terms... provides a significant new perspective on the biographical genre.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905125128
  • Publisher: Classical Press of Wales, The
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Brian McGing (Trinity College, Dublin and Judith Mossman (University of Nottingham) , Introduction; Andrew D. H. Mayes (Trinity College, Dublin), Biography in the Ancient World: the Story of the Rise of David; Elizabeth Irwin (Columbia University) , The Biographies of Poets: the Case of Solon; Richard A. Burridge (King's College, London) , Reading the Gospels as Biography: Mark Edwards (Christ Church, Oxford) , Gospel and Genre: Some Reservations; Sean Freyne (Trinity College, Dublin) , Mark's Gospel and Ancient Biography; Justin Taylor (École biblique et archéologue française de Jerusalem) , The Acts of the Apostles as Biography; John Moles (University of Newcastle) , Cynic Influence upon First-Century Judaism and Early Christianity?; Brian McGing (Trinity College, Dublin) , Philo's Adaptation of the Bible in the Life of Moses; Ewen Bowie (Corpus Christi College, Oxford) , Portrait of the Sophist as a Young Man; John Dillon (Trinity College, Dublin) , Holy and Not So Holy: on the Interpretation of Late Antique Biography: Zuleika Rodgers (Trinity College, Dublin) , Justice for Justus: a Re-Examination of Justus of Tiberias' Role in Josephus' Autobiography; Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (Corpus Christi College, Oxford) , Sacred Writing, Sacred Reading: the Function of Aelius Aristides' Self-Presentation as Author in the Sacred Tales; Keith Sidwell and Noreen Humble (National University of Ireland, Cork) , Dreams of Glory: Lucian as Autobiographer; Jason König (University of St Andrews) , The Cynic and Christian Lives of Lucian's Peregrinus; Christopher Pelling (Christ Church, Oxford) , Breaking the Bounds: Writing about Caesar; Judith Mossman (University of Nottingham) , Travel Writing, History and Biography; Tim Whitmarsh (University of Exeter) , 'This In-Between Book': Language, Politics and Genre in the Agricola ; Mike Trapp (King's College, London) , Biography in Letters; Biography and Letters; Alexei V. Zadorojnyi , Tyranny in Imperial Biography; Simon Swain (University of Warwick) , Beyond the Limits of Greek Biography: Galen from Alexandria to the Arabs.

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