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Art of Biography in Antiquity (Tomas Hagg) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2012) 9781107016699
Art of Biography in Antiquity (Tomas Hagg) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2012) 9781107016699
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Title: The Art of Biography in Antiquity

Author: Hagg, Tomas

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2012

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781107016699

Volumes: 1; Pages: 512

List Price in Cloth: $110.00 Our price: $95.99

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Greek and Roman biography embraces much more than Plutarch, Suetonius and their lost Hellenistic antecedents. In this book Professor H�gg explores the whole range and diversity of ancient biography, from its Socratic beginnings to the Christian acquisition of the form in late antiquity. He shows how creative writers developed the lives of popular heroes like Homer, Aesop and Alexander and how the Christian gospels grew from bare sayings to full lives. In imperial Rome biography flourished in the works of Greek writers: Lucian's satire, Philostratus' full sophistic orchestration, Porphyry's intellectual portrait of Plotinus. Perhaps surprisingly, it is not political biography or the lives of poets that provide the main artery of ancient biography, but various kinds of philosophical, spiritual and ethical lives. Applying a consistent biographical reading to a representative set of surviving texts, this book opens up the manifold but often neglected art of biography in classical antiquity.Table of Contents1. In the beginning was Xenophon: memoir, encomium, romance2. Hellenistic theory and practice: fragments of industry3. Popular heroes: the slave, the king, the poet4. The Gospels: from sayings to a full life5. Political biography at Rome: a new start6. Plutarch and his Parallel Lives: ethical biography7. Ways of life: philosophers and holy men
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