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Writing Biography in Greece and Rome: Narrative Technique and Fictionalization (Hardback)

Ancient History > Ancient Greece & the Hellenistic World > Greek Art & Architecture Ancient History > Rome & the Roman Provinces > Roman Language & Literature

Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 372
ISBN: 9781107129122
Published: 31st May 2016
Casemate UK Academic

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Ancient biography is now a well-established and popular field of study among classicists as well as many scholars of literature and history more generally. In particular biographies offer important insights into the dynamics underlying ancient performance of the self and social behaviour, issues currently of crucial importance in classical studies. They also raise complex issues of narrativity and fictionalization. This volume examines a range of ancient texts which are or purport to be biographical and explores how formal narrative categories such as time, space and character are constructed and how they address (highlight, question, thematize, underscore or problematize) the borderline between historicity and fictionality. In doing so, it makes a major contribution not only to the study of ancient biographical writing but also to broader narratological approaches to ancient texts.

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