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Anthology of Ancient Greek Popular Literature

(Book - 1998)
Anthology of Ancient Greek Popular Literature
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"Hansen has assembled an anthology like no other, which will fascinate students of late antiquity, folklorists, and curiosity-seekers, and will offer new possibilities to teachers of ancient-culture surveys." -Classical World "... lively, entertaining, and unique anthology... This anthology is appropriate not only for graduate and undergraduate students in classics but for anyone interested in the transmission of folklore." -Journal of American Folklore "... higly readable English translations of a wide variety of Greek texts... a solid introduction to the general question of 'popular literature' in the ancient world." -Bryn Mawr Classical Review "... what one hopes for in an anthology... this volume can be used as a textbook yet is of benefit for the scholar, has clear, well-written, and well-formed introductions that avoid eccentricity while noting different viewpoints, and provides a representative selection of mostly complete works." -The Petronian Society Newsletter Readers in ancient Greece didn't curl up with only the weighty tomes of Homer, Plato, and Sophocles-they also enjoyed light entertainment such as novels, short stories, fantasies, jokes, and fortune-telling handbooks. In fact, some of this literature was so successful that it remained in circulation into the Middle Ages. Most of these selections are little known except to scholars, but all will prove an unexpected delight to readers everywhere.
Title: Anthology of ancient Greek popular literature
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1998
Characteristics: xxix, 349 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: edited by William Hansen
Contents: Ephesian tale (romantic novel) / Xenophon of Ephesus
Acts of Paul and Thecla (Christian novella) / Anonymous, trans. by R. McL. Wilson
Secundus the silent philosopher (wisdom literature) / Anonymous, trans. by Ben E. Perry
Lucius or the ass (comic novel) / Pseudo-Lucian
Aesop romance (comic biography) / Anonymous, trans. by Lloyd W. Daly
Alexander romance (historical novel) / Pseudo-Callisthenes
Book of marvels (wonders) / Phlegon of Tralles
Collectio Augustana (fables) / Anonymous, trans. by William Hansen
Laughter-lover (jokes) / Hierocles and Philagrius
Oracles of Astrampsychus / Anonymous, trans. by Randall Stewart and Kenneth Morrell
Gravestone verse / Different authors, mostly anonymous, trans. by William Hansen
Additional Contributors: Hansen, William F. 1941-
ISBN: 9780253211576
0253211573
0253333660
Branch Call Number: 880.8 A628 1998
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [341]-349)
Subject Headings: Greek literature Translations into English Popular literature Greece Greece Literary collections
Topical Term: Greek literature
Popular literature
LCCN: 97028207
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"We tend to think of the Classics as defined almost purely by venerable authors like Homer, Virgil, and Plato; this anthology provides fascinating and entertaining antidotes to this tradition, revealing a more humorous, fantastic, and superstitious side to the Greeks." Annotation by Pro... Read More »

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"We tend to think of the Classics as defined almost purely by venerable authors like Homer, Virgil, and Plato; this anthology provides fascinating and entertaining antidotes to this tradition, revealing a more humorous, fantastic, and superstitious side to the Greeks." Annotation by Pro... Read More »


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"We tend to think of the Classics as defined almost purely by venerable authors like Homer, Virgil, and Plato; this anthology provides fascinating and entertaining antidotes to this tradition, revealing a more humorous, fantastic, and superstitious side to the Greeks." Annotation by Professor Sonia Sabnis.

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