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Homer Between History and Fiction in Imperial Greek Literature (Lawrence Kim) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 9780521194495
Homer Between History and Fiction in Imperial Greek Literature (Lawrence Kim) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 9780521194495
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Title: Homer Between History and Fiction in Imperial Greek Literature

Author: Kim, Lawrence

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521194495

Volumes: 1; Pages: 258

List Price in Cloth: $95.00 Our price: $85.99

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Did Homer tell the 'truth' about the Trojan War? If so, how much, and if not, why not? The issue was hardly academic to the Greeks living under the Roman Empire, given the centrality of both Homer, the father of Greek culture, and the Trojan War, the event that inaugurated Greek history, to conceptions of Imperial Hellenism. This book examines four Greek texts of the Imperial period that address the topic Strabo's Geography, Dio of Prusa's Trojan Oration, Lucian's novella True Stories, and Philostratus' fictional dialogue Heroicus and shows how their imaginative explorations of Homer and his relationship to history raise important questions about the nature of poetry and fiction, the identity and intentions of Homer himself, and the significance of the heroic past and Homeric authority in Imperial Greek culture.Contents1. Introduction. Imperial Homer, history, and fiction2. Homer, poet and historian. Herodotus and Thucydides3. Homer, the ideal geographer. Strabo's Geography4. Homer the liar. Dio Chrysostom's Trojan Oration5. Homer on the island. Lucian's True Stories6. Ghosts at Troy. Philostratus' Heroicus7. Epilogue
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