Lies and Fiction in the Ancient World

Lies and Fiction in the Ancient World

By: Christopher Gill (editor), T. P. Wiseman (editor)Hardback

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This collection of essays explores the key issue of the nature of the boundary between fact and fiction, an issue which has become prominent especially through the upsurge of interest in the ancient novel and recent work on the rhetorical character of ancient historiography. The collection covers early Greek poetry (E.L. Bowie), Greek and Roman historiography (John Moles and T.P. Wiseman), Plato (Christopher Gill) and the Greek and Roman novel (John Morgan and Andrew Laird), and especially considers how far 'lying' was distinguished from 'fiction' at different periods and in different genres.

About Author

Christopher Gill is Professor of Ancient Thought, University of Exeter. His books include Form and Argument in Late Plato (OUP, 1996) and a translation of Plato, Symposium (Penguin, 1999). Peter Wiseman is Emeritus Professor of Roman History at Exeter University and a Fellow of the British Academy. He came to Exeter in 1977, and was Head of Department from 1977 to 1990. Although he retired in 2001, he is still involved in graduate teaching at both MA and PhD levels. `I've been obsessed with the history and literature of Rome for nearly half a century', he says. Among the results of that obsession have been books on Catullus (Catullan Questions 1969, Catullus and his World 1985), on Roman political history (New Men in the Roman Senate 1971, Flavius Josephus: Death of an Emperor 1991), on Roman historiography (Clio's Cosmetics: Three Studies in Greco-Roman Literature 1979, Historiography and Imagination: Eight Essays on Roman Culture 1994), and on Roman myth and legend (Remus: a Roman Myth 1995, Roman Drama and Roman History 1998). Reviews of T.P. Wiseman books include the following comments: 'quite simply brilliant' (Times Literary Supplement), 'enthralling' (London Review of Books), 'stylistic elegance and wit, dazzling erudition and imaginative flair' (Classical Review), 'exceptional analytical skill and creative imagination' (Bryn Mawr Classical Review).


Contents Fiction, lies and slander in archaic Greek poetry, E.L. Bowie Plato on falsehood - not fiction, Christopher Gill Truth and untruth in Greed and Roman historiography, J.L. Moles Lying historians - seven types of mendacity, T.P. Wiseman Fiction, bewitchment and story worlds - the implications of claims to truth in Apuleius, Andrew Laird Make-believe and make believe - the fictionality of the Greek novels, J.R. Morgan Towards an account of the ancient world's concept of fictive belief, D.C. Feeney

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  • ISBN13: 9780859893817
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 281
  • ID: 9780859893817
  • ISBN10: 0859893812

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