Ancient Fiction: The Matrix of Early Christian And Jewish by Jo-Ann A. Brant

By Jo-Ann A. Brant

The essays during this quantity study the connection among historic fiction within the Greco-Roman international and early Jewish and Christian narratives. they give thought to how these narratives imitated or exploited conventions of fiction to supply varieties of literature that expressed new principles or formed group identification in the transferring social and political climates in their personal societies. significant authors and texts surveyed comprise Chariton, Shakespeare, Homer, Vergil, Plato, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Daniel, three Maccabees, the testomony of Abraham, rabbinic midrash, the Apocryphal Acts, Ezekiel the Tragedian, and the Sophist Aelian. This various assortment unearths and examines frequent matters and syntheses within the making: the pervasive use and subversive energy of imitation, the excellence among fiction and heritage, and using heritage within the expression of id.

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For school texts containing Menandrian maxims, see Cribiore, Writing, 211, 226, 235–36, 239, 277–78. hock: the educational curriculum 21 play than any other, and one of these papyri comes from a student who had copied the first sixteen lines of the play, including this line. 35 One other comment regarding the primary stage of education before moving on: Chariton does not think twice about assuming literacy for aristocratic women and even for some slaves. 8). But none of the other women in the romance—for example, the slave-confidant Plangon—is depicted as having even a basic literacy.

65. See Dio Chrysostom, Orat. 14–17. Cf. 82–83 (though Xenophon is regarded here as a philosopher). 66. pratte ta\ kekeleusme/na; cf. Xenophon, Cyr. , Cyr. 5: e)n e)kei/nw| tw~| a)dihgh/tw|; cf. Cyr. 32: e)n de\ tw~| a)dihgh/tw| tou/tw| tara/xw|. 7; cf. Cyr. 6; cf. Cyr. 2; cf. Cyr. 68 Chariton drew, for example, on Demosthenes’ De corona, in particular the sentence e(spe/ra me\n ga\r h}n, h{ke d )ag ) ge/llwn tij w(j, or “for it was evening, and someone came reporting that. . 4, where he takes up the verb e)gceirei=n, or “to undertake,” as well as the phrase proballome/nouj a)ei\ th\n a)gaqh\n e)lpi/da, or “always protecting themselves by good hope” (cf.

8). 4). On the day 101. See especially Donald A. Russell, Greek Declamation (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983). 102. : Barnes & Noble, 1984), 85. 103. 3–4, respectively, on which see Russell, Greek Declamation, 35–37 and 38 n. 100. 104. Rufus identifies four types of speech (Rhet. 399, 4–13]) but focuses on the four parts of a judicial speech (Rhet. 399–407]). 105. 1. 106. 7–18. 6–13). 1–10). 108 For example, Dionysius’s prooi/mion is as follows: I am grateful to you, O King, for the honor which you have shown me, the virtue of self-control,109 and the marriages of all.

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