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Anthology of Ancient Greek Popular Literature

(Book - 1998 )
Anthology of Ancient Greek Popular Literature


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Not all readers in ancient Greece curled up with Homer, Plato, and Sophocles -- at least, not all of the time. They also enjoyed light reading, such as can be found in the pages of this lively anthology. Many kinds of popular writing -- novels, short stories, books of jokes or fables, fortune-telling handbooks -- trace their beginnings to the ancient Mediterranean. In fact, some of this literature was so successful that it remained in circulation for centuries, even into the Middle Ages. Translated into other languages, these works were the bestsellers of their time and they remain enjoyable reading today. They are also fascinating social documents that reveal much about the daily lives, fantasies, humor, loves, anxieties, values, and beliefs of ordinary men and women. Most of the selections in this anthology are little known except to scholars. Some have been rarely translated; one, The Oracles of Astrampsychus (a handbook of divination), is translated into English here for the first time. 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: 0253333660
0253211573
9780253211576
Branch Call Number: 880.8 A628 1998
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Comment by: Multcolib_Research Report This May 23, 2013

"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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"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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