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Author Kirkland, N. Bryant, author.

Title Herodotus and imperial Greek literature : criticism, imitation, reception / N. Bryant Kirkland
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2022]


Description 1 online resource (xii, 377 pages)
Contents Introduction: After Herodotus -- The Ethics of Authorship: Herodotus in the Rhetorical Works of Dionysius of Halicarnassus -- Dionysius's Global Herodotus -- Parallel Authors: Plutarch's "Life" of Herodotus -- Hellenism in the Distance: Herodotean Fringes in Dio Chrysostom's Borystheniticus -- Removable Eyes: Lucian and the Truths of Herodotus -- Anacharsis at Border Control -- Acts of God: Pausanias Divines Herodotus -- Pausanias in Wonderland -- Epilogue: Herodotus without End
Summary "Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature is the first monograph devoted to the reception of Herodotus among Imperial Greek writers. Using a broad reception model and focused largely on texts outside of historiography proper, this book analyzes the entanglements of criticism and imitation in select works by Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Plutarch, Dio of Prusa, Lucian, and Pausanias. It offers a new angle on Herodotus's intellectual afterlife, channeled through evocations both explicit and implicit in literary criticism, the moral essay, public oration, satire and periegetic literature. Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature shifts focus from reputation only - what ancient authors explicitly had to say about Herodotus - toward the kinetic interrelation between Herodotus's reputation and his active reworking across genre and mode. It demonstrates how Herodotus was strategically construed and often implicitly summoned - as fabulist, classicist, moralizer, and evasive intellectual - and how such Herodotean presences played to the wider purposes of Imperial writers. Herodotus became a touchstone for writers concerned with a nimbus of questions that the Histories first helped to articulate. Imperial Greeks found Herodotus useful in puzzling through questions of authorial persona, mimesis, the relationship between aesthetic and ethical criticism, the self, and the contingent definitions of Hellenism under Rome. Ultimately, Herodotus and Imperial Greek Literature widens an incomplete reception history and reads bi-focally, examining how attention to the presence of Herodotus in various texts unveils new layers of meaning in those works, while also showing how ancient receptions offer insight into the Histories"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 15, 2022)
Subject Herodotus -- Influence
Greek literature -- History and criticism
Greek literature.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2022000227
ISBN 9780197583548