Ancient Biography: Identity through Lives : Papers of the Langford Latin Seminar, Volume 17, 2017 Hardback
Edited by Francis Cairns, Trevor Luke
Part of the ARCA, Classical and Medieval Texts, Papers and Monographs series
Biography, Identity and Religion: Federicomaria Muccioli gives a useful brief history of divinisation in biographical writing and discusses Plutarch's depiction of ruler cult in these terms; Daniel Harris-McCoy deals with accounts of dreams in biographical works and their influence on Artemidorus; Jennifer Rea compares the ways in which women are biographized, the early Christian martyr St.
Perpetua, and the twentieth-century Christa McAuliffe, who lost her life in the Challenger disaster; Matthew Ferguson considers eschatological elements in the Alexander Romance, a late-antique highly fictionalized version of the life of Alexander the Great. Greek Lives under Roman rule: Alexei Zadorojnyi identifies the way in which very highly condensed `Lives', for which he uses the term `biographical synecdoche', serve interesting functions within biographical works; Andrew Scott writes about the tensions which arise in Cassius Dio from the fact that he was sometimes a participant in the history he relates; Svetla Slaveva-Griffin is also interested in the relation between biography and real life, and looks in great detail at how this is worked through in the tradition of NeoPlatonic biography.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 326 pages
- Publisher: Francis Cairns Publications Ltd
- Publication Date: 08/05/2018
- Category: Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
- ISBN: 9780995461215