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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


Situating Skoptic Epigram

GIDEON NISBET

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

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199263370
eISBN:
9780191718366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263370.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores literary and cultural contexts for skoptic epigram. Contemporary sources are silent; the parallel of the ancient novel suggests that Second Sophistic authors did not refer to ... 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


The Anecdote: Exploring the Boundaries between Oral and Literate Performance in the Second Sophistic

Simon Goldhill

in Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199793983
eISBN:
9780190261283
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199793983.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter focuses on literary culture. It explores the sudden popularity of “anecdote” in the Second Sophistic and how literate practices can be situated in oral performance in distinct social ... More


Playing with Things: Reification in Marlowe’s Hero and Leander

Rachel Eisendrath

in Poetry in a World of Things: Aesthetics and Empiricism in Renaissance Ekphrasis

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226516585
eISBN:
9780226516752
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226516752.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Marlowe’s 1593 Hero and Leander is often treated as “fetishistic” because of the way it combines an erotic story with a unique obsession with objects, an obsession most evident in the three ... More


At the Limits of Art: A Literary Study of Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi

Janet Downie

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199924875
eISBN:
9780199345649
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199924875.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This book presents a reassessment of Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi, a unique first-person narrative from the ancient world. While scholars have embraced the Logoi as a rich source for Imperial-era ... More


Loukianos

GIDEON NISBET

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

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199263370
eISBN:
9780191718366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263370.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Loukianos may well be the prose satirist better known as Lucian of Samosata. This chapter reserves definitive judgement, while identifying some intriguing similarities in how individual themes are ... More


Style

Andrew Cain

in The Greek Historia Monachorum in Aegypto: Monastic Hagiography in the Late Fourth Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780198758259
eISBN:
9780191818042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758259.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Scholars traditionally have denigrated the Greek prose style of the Historia monachorum as being simplistic and lacking in refinement. In this chapter I use philological analysis to demonstrate that ... More


Iphigenia’s Imperial Escapades

Edith Hall

in Adventures with Iphigenia in Tauris: A Cultural History of Euripides' Black Sea Tragedy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780195392890
eISBN:
9780199979257
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195392890.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Iphigenia in Tauris made an impact on the Roman culture was through the broad cultural dissemination of the type of escape plot in which a young Greek woman and man are separated, ... More


Cosmopolis: Imagining Community in Late Classical Athens and the Early Roman Empire

Daniel S. Richter

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199772681
eISBN:
9780199895083
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772681.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This is a book about the ways in which various intellectuals in the post-classical Mediterranean imagined the human community as a unified, homogenous whole composed of a diversity of parts. More ... More


Romans and Greeks: New Views in the Graeca Urbs

James Uden

in The Invisible Satirist: Juvenal and Second-Century Rome

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199387274
eISBN:
9780199387298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387274.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter highlights Juvenal’s response to the so-called Second Sophistic, the flowering of Greek rhetoric and philosophy through the Empire in the late first to the third centuries. It begins by ... More


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