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Lucian and His Roman Voices

Cultural Exchanges and Conflicts in the Late Roman Empire, 1st Edition

By Eleni Bozia


222 pages

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Lucian and His Roman Voices examines cultural exchanges, political propaganda, and religious conflicts in the Early Roman Empire through the eyes of Lucian, his contemporary Roman authors, and Christian Apologists. Offering a multi-faceted analysis of the Lucianic corpus, this book explores how Lucian, a Syrian who wrote in Greek and who became a Roman citizen, was affected by the socio-political climate of his time, reacted to it, and how he ‘corresponded’ with the Roman intelligentsia. In the process, this unique volume raises questions such as: What did the title ‘Roman citizen’ mean to native Romans and to others? How were language and literature politicized, and how did they become a means of social propaganda? This study reveals Lucian’s recondite historical and authorial personas and the ways in which his literary activity portrayed second-century reality from the perspectives of the Romans, Greeks, pagans, Christians, and citizens of the Roman Empire

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Lucian and Juvenal on the Parasitic Life 3. The Literary Context and Social Sub-Context in Lucian and Gellius 4. Lucian’s Olympus and the Link to Christianity 5. The Reception of Lucian 6. Conclusion

About the Author

Eleni Bozia is an assistant professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Florida, USA, and holds a visiting research faculty position in the Institut für Informatik at the Universität Leipzig, Germany.

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Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical