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Wisdom, Politics, and Historiography: Tractate Avot in the Context of the Graeco-Roman Near East

Amram Tropper

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199267125
eISBN:
9780191699184
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267125.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism, Religion in the Ancient World

In third-century CE Palestine, the leading member of the rabbinic movement put together a highly popular wisdom treatise entitled Tractate Avot. Though Avot has inspired hundreds of commentaries, ... More


Themistocles: constructions of motivation (Books VII–IX)

Emily Baragwanath

in Motivation and Narrative in Herodotus

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199231294
eISBN:
9780191710797
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231294.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter addresses Herodotus' presentation of Themistocles' motives, taking as a test case the general's rhetoric and conduct at Andros (9.109-110) and after. It reconsiders the possibility of ... More


Lucian's On Dancing and the Models for a Discourse on Pantomime *

Karin Schlapbach

in New Directions in Ancient Pantomime

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199232536
eISBN:
9780191716003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232536.003.0015
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines Lucian's On Dancing, one of the few surviving examples of a discourse offering a sustained treatment of pantomime dancing. The chapter aims to show that the use of rhetorical ... More


Better than Speech: Some Advantages of the Letter in the Second Sophistic *

Owen Hodkinson

in Ancient Letters: Classical and Late Antique Epistolography

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199203956
eISBN:
9780191708244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203956.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter suggests some ways of thinking about the epistolary genre and its development in Greek literature, focusing on some particular examples from ‘Second Sophistic’ epistolographers who built ... More


Plutarch's Practical Ethics: The Social Dynamics of Philosophy

Lieve Van Hoof

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199583263
eISBN:
9780191723131
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583263.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The Second Sophistic was a time of intense competition for honour and status. Like today, this often caused mental as well as physical stress for the elite of the Roman Empire. This book studies ... More


INTRODUCTION

Malcolm Heath

in Menander: A Rhetor in Context

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199259205
eISBN:
9780191717932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259205.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter introduces the late 3rd-century Greek rhetorician Menander of Laodicea (Menander Rhetor), and explains the questions about Menander and the nature of rhetoric in late antiquity. The ... More


The Third Century: Fruition

Malcolm Heath

in Menander: A Rhetor in Context

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199259205
eISBN:
9780191717932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259205.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the evidence for the history of rhetoric after the completion of Philostratus’ Lives of the Sophists. It shows that the movement generally known as the ‘Second Sophistic’ ... More


Plutarch as a Philosopher in Society

Lieve Van Hoof

in Plutarch's Practical Ethics: The Social Dynamics of Philosophy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199583263
eISBN:
9780191723131
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583263.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter explores Plutarch's self-presentation and agenda as an author. By using the philosophical, historical, and literary tradition in order to confer authority on himself as a philosopher, ... More


Conclusion

Lieve Van Hoof

in Plutarch's Practical Ethics: The Social Dynamics of Philosophy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199583263
eISBN:
9780191723131
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583263.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter gives a list of Plutarch's practical ethics and summarizes the characteristics that set them apart from especially his Lives, works of technical philosophy, and Delphic dialogues. These ... More


Adolescence, ephebeia, and Athenian drama

Alan H. Sommerstein

in The Tangled Ways of Zeus: And Other Studies In and Around Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199568314
eISBN:
9780191723018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568314.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines critically the widespread belief that many 5th-century Athenian dramas reflect in various ways institutionalized practices or rituals connected with the young male's transition ... More


Zeno, Melissus, and Parmenides

John Palmer

in Parmenides and Presocratic Philosophy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199567904
eISBN:
9780191721717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567904.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter reassesses Zeno and Melissus' relation to Parmenides in light of the modal interpretation of Parmenides developed in the previous three chapters. Plato's Parmenides plausibly presents ... More


Epicurus’s Mistresses: Pleasure, Authority, and Gender in the Reception of the Kuriai Doxai in the Second Sophistic

Richard Fletcher

in Dynamic Reading: Studies in the Reception of Epicureanism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199794959
eISBN:
9780199949694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794959.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy, European History: BCE to 500CE

In “Epicurus’s Mistresses: Pleasure, Authority, and Gender in the Reception of the Kuriai Doxai in the Second Sophistic,” Richard Fletcher faces head-on the “willful misrepresentation” of ... More


Avot and the Second Sophistic

Amram Tropper

in Wisdom, Politics, and Historiography: Tractate Avot in the Context of the Graeco-Roman Near East

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199267125
eISBN:
9780191699184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267125.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter focuses on the cultural, political, and intellectual tone of the contemporary Greek East of the Roman Empire. It suggests that the diffusion of ideas should not be envisaged as a ... More


Cause and Explanation in Ancient Greek Thought

R. J. Hankinson

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199246564
eISBN:
9780191597572
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199246564.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

In this book, R. J. Hankinson traces the history of investigation into the nature of cause and explanation, from the beginnings of Ancient Greek philosophy in 600 bc, through the Graeco‐Roman world, ... More


Chapter 11: Sophistic Puzzles Concerning Simple and Complex Assertions

C. W. A. Whitaker

in Aristotle's De Interpretatione: Contradiction and Dialectic

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199254194
eISBN:
9780191598654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199254192.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

This chapter takes up the question of simple and complex assertions from Chs. 5 and 8. This thinking is applied to solving sophisms involving double predications, such as ’Is Socrates a pale walking ... More


Greek Epigram in the Roman Empire: Martial's Forgotten Rivals

Gideon Nisbet

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199263370
eISBN:
9780191718366
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263370.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

As the riches of the Greek Anthology indicate, classical and late antique epigram was predominantly written and read (and probably also performed) by Greeks, but modern ideas about the genre have ... More


Science and Sophistry

R. J. Hankinson

in Cause and Explanation in Ancient Greek Thought

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199246564
eISBN:
9780191597572
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199246564.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

In this chapter, Hankinson considers the treatment of causation and explanation in two important strands of Ancient Greek thought: rational medicine and the sophistic movement. The Hippocratic ... More


Philosophy and Power in the Graeco-Roman World: Essays in Honour of Miriam Griffin

Gillian Clark and Tessa Rajak (eds)

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198299905
eISBN:
9780191707803
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299905.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Miriam Griffin is unrivalled as a bridge-builder between historians of the Graeco-Roman world and students of its philosophies. This wide-ranging volume in her honour brings together essays from ... More


Beyond the Second Sophistic: Adventures in Greek Postclassicism

Tim Whitmarsh

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780520276819
eISBN:
9780520957022
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520276819.001.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

What happened to Greek literature after the classical period—when Sophocles, Plato, and Demosthenes were just a memory? Postclassical Greek culture has usually been thought of as dominated by ... More


Philosophy in the Second Sophistic

Glen W. Bowersock

in Philosophy and Power in the Graeco-Roman World: Essays in Honour of Miriam Griffin

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198299905
eISBN:
9780191707803
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299905.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores the extraordinary power of philosophy in the 2nd century, when Roman emperors had stopped sneering at philosophy, and intellectuals were high fashion. Philostratus labelled this ... More


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