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Theios Sophistes: Essays on Flavius Philostratus' Vita Apollonii

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Flavius Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana (Vita Apollonii), written in the first half of the third century CE, is a key text in the cultural, literary and religious history of the Second Sophistic and of Late Antiquity. Its generic and formal diversity, its shifting cultural and historical background, as well as its protean hero, call for a multifaceted and interdisciplinary reading. Theios Sophistès is the first collection of interpretative essays on the Vita Apollonii. Leading scholars in the field and ...

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Overview

Flavius Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana (Vita Apollonii), written in the first half of the third century CE, is a key text in the cultural, literary and religious history of the Second Sophistic and of Late Antiquity. Its generic and formal diversity, its shifting cultural and historical background, as well as its protean hero, call for a multifaceted and interdisciplinary reading. Theios Sophistès is the first collection of interpretative essays on the Vita Apollonii. Leading scholars in the field and younger critics make for a combination of methodological continuity and innovation. The book is divided into two sections, one focusing on literary and philological discussions and relating the Vita to other ancient texts and genres, and one dealing with religious and philosophical aspects. The wide range of approaches and perspectives does justice to the high level of literary, historical and philosophical-religious sophistication of this text.

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This excellent volume of essays serves as a showcase for how much interesting scholarship can come from viewing the Vita Apollonii [...] as a uniquely interesting text worthy of study in its own right, on a level with more canonical works. Specialists will want to read it thoroughly, and a great many others will find unexpectedly rich results from browsing. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, October 2009.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004171091
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Series: Mnemosyne, Supplements Series , #305
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Kristoffel Demoen, Ph.D. (1993) in Classics, is Professor of Greek Literature at Ghent University. He has published mainly on the interplay between rhetoric, poetry and ideology in Late Antiquity and Byzantium, including Pagan and Biblical Exempla in Gregory Nazianzen (Brepols, 1996).

Danny Praet, Ph.D. in Classics (1997), is Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Early Christianity at Ghent University. He has published mainly on the interplay between religion, philosophy and literature in Late Antiquity. He is currently preparing the edition of the Collected Papers by Franz Cumont.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Notes on Contributors xv

Part 1 Literary and Philological Aspects

Les choix narratifs de Philostrate dans la Vie d'Apollonios de Tyane Alain Billault 3

Towards a New Critical Edition of Philostratus' Life of Apollonius: The Affiliation of the Manuscripts Gerard Boter 21

Quotation of Earlier Texts in Τ&gralpha; &rlepsilon;ς τ&gromicron;ν Τυαν&acepsilon;α &rlAlpha;πολλ&acomega;νιον Ewen Bowie 57

How to Become a Poet? Homer and Apollonius Visit the Mound of Achilles Peter Grossardt 75

Author and Narrator: Fiction and Metafiction in Philostratus' Vita Apollonii Wannes Gyselinck Kristoffel Demoen 95

Reforming the Eyes: Interpreters and Interpretation in the Vita Apollonii Graeme Miles 129

Irony Versus Eulogy. The Vita Apollonii as Metabiographical Fiction Thomas Schirren 161

"Never the Twain Shall Meet"? Plutarch and Philostratus' Life of Apollonius: Some Themes and Techniques Luc Van der Stockt 187

Part 2 Historical, Religious and Philosophical Aspects

Folklore Versus Fakelore: Some Problems in the Life of Apollonius Graham Anderson 211

Apollonius' Ascension Jaap-Jan Flinterman 225

Some Letters of Apollonius of Tyana Christopher Jones 249

The Emesan Connection: Philostratus and Heliodorus John R. Morgan 263

Pythagoreanism and the Planetary Deities: The Philosophical and Literary Master-structure of the Vita Apollonii Danny Praet 283

The Philostratean Apollonius as a Teacher Erkki Koskenniemi 321

La Vie d'Apollonius de Tyane et le discours hagiographique Marc Van Uytfanghe 335

Bibliography 375

General Index 393

IndexLocorum 399

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