Beyond the Second Sophistic: Adventures in Greek by Tim Whitmarsh

By Tim Whitmarsh

The "Second Sophistic" typically refers to a interval on the top of the Roman Empire's energy that witnessed a flourishing of Greek rhetoric and oratory, and because the nineteenth century it has frequently been considered as a protection of Hellenic civilization opposed to the domination of Rome. This ebook proposes a really varied version. overlaying well known fiction, poetry and Greco-Jewish fabric, it argues for a wealthy, dynamic, and numerous tradition, which can't be diminished to an easy version of continuity. Shining new mild on a sequence of playful, imaginitive texts which are disregarded of the normal money owed of Greek literature, Whitmarsh versions a extra adventurous, exploratory method of later Greek tradition. past the second one Sophistic deals not just a brand new method of Greek literature from three hundred BCE onwards, but in addition a problem to the Eurocentric, aristocratic structures put on the Greek history. available and full of life, it's going to attract scholars and students of Greek literature and tradition, Hellenistic Judaism, global literature, and cultural thought.

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The first is that surrounding the legendary pharaoh Sesonchosis (sometimes called Sesostris or Sesoosis), credited with numerous conquests in Asia and Europe. ] contingent, led by one Webelis); a third, however, is erotic, describing the handsome young king’s relationship with a girl Meameris, the daughter of a vassal king. This episode does not appear in any of the “historical” versions of the narrative, and the themes of young love, wandering, infatuation, erotic suffering, and distraction at a banquet (Stephens and Winkler 1995, 262) invite obvious comparisons with the imperial romance.

This kind of fiction thus emerges as reflexive rather than autonomous, nesting as it does in the periphery of the epic tradition. 29 It does not deal at all, so far as we can tell, with the explication of Homeric and Hesiodic narrative; the travels of Zeus related on the inscription proper are not presented as the kernel of truth underlying traditional mythology. But there were plenty of other writers engaged in the project of stripping away poetic embellishment. 2). 10). 3; see too the following section).

58. , DDS 19–27; see Lightfoot 2003, 373–402, with copious reference to Semitic parallels. 59. CA, 5, 1. 60. Parthenius 11, incorporating his own hexameter version, fr. 33 Lightfoot = SH 648. 61. Brown 2002. Sources discussed at Rohde 1914, 101–3; Lightfoot 1999, 433–36. 62. Brown 2002, 59–60. 28 Fiction beyond the Canon of Byblos. It is also possible that Caunus is an originally Phoenician name, given that Caria absorbed Phoenician influence. ) Again, a Semitic erotic myth seems to have entered the Greek tradition; as it has done so, its etiological aspects have been gradually pared away to emphasize the erotic narrative.

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