Pushing the Boundaries of Historia collects together 20 chapters, whose coverage extends from the prehistory of Greece through early Christianity in the Roman Empire to the reception of classical texts by contemporary playwrights and poets. The essays range beyond Greece and Rome to the ancient realms of Persia and China and explore a vast array of ancient authors – Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Euripides, Vergil, Ovid, Livy, and Tacitus.
Written by philologists, historians, epigraphers, palaeographers, archaeologists, and art historians, it brings together the best of old and new traditions of classical study, from senior emeritus faculty with established records of scholarly productivity, to the newest generation of classics and archaeology professors. What draws together the disparate strands of academic inquiry found in these pages is a passion for understanding how the lessons of the world of the ancient Greeks, Romans, and their still lamentably understudied neighbors, can offer commentary on the contemporary world.
Table of Contents
List of contributors; Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction, Mary C. English and Lee M. Fratantuono; Part I: Herodotean narratives and cross-cultural comparisons; Chapter 1: Different ways of saying historia in the prose of Herodotus and Thucydides, Gregory Nagy; Chapter 2: Tyrants’ spectacles in Herodotus, Deborah Boedeker; Chapter 3: Thinking with Sima Qian's Shiji about Herodotus’ fragmented narrative of the story of Miltiades, Thomas R. Martin; Chapter 4: Settling family feuds: Lysias 1 and Herodotus’ Lydians, Nina C. Coppolino; Chapter 5: East and West in the Histories of Herodotus and Tacitus, Timothy Joseph; Part II. Historia and the ancient world; Chapter 6: Thucydides’ use of Homer in his Archaeology, Mary Ebbott; Chapter 7: Models of gift-exchange and practices of hostage-giving and hostage-taking in classical Persian poetry, Olga M. Davidson; Chapter 8: Michael Ventris, Sterling Dow, and the initial reception of the decipherment of Linear B, Stephen Tracy; Chapter 9: Citizen scholarship in the Homer Multitext project, Neel Smith; Part III: The development and reception of historical exempla; Chapter 10: Othryadas: The development of a historical and literary exemplum, Alissa Vaillancourt and Andrew G. Scott; Chapter 11: No peeking! Athena and Alcibiades, Joseph Falaky Nagy; Chapter 12: A furious fury: Virgil’s Camilla, Livy’s Camillus, and the reconciliations of Juno, Lee M. Fratantuono; Chapter 13: Ovid’s autobiography (Tr. 4.10): Poetic identity and immortality in the poetry of exile, Matthew M. McGowan; Chapter 14: Billy Collins as a modern-day Ovid: An Ovidian reading of Collins’ Ballistics, Jill A. Coyle; Part IV: Fury, honor, and historia: Conflict and struggle in the Greek and Roman imaginations; Chapter 15: Sound effects: Aural aspects of Euripides’ Bacchae, Katie Lamberto; Chapter 16: Evander’s love of gore and bloodshed in Aeneid 8, James J. O’Hara; Chapter 17: A disquiet follows my soul: Civil war in Livy Book 1, Mark J. B. Wright; Chapter 18: Saint Pilate and the conversion of Tiberius, Paul F. Burke; Chapter 19: Julius Caesar in the 1960s: Jerome Kilty’s stage adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s The Ides of March, Mary C. English; Chapter 20: Edward Robinson’s plaster casts and the battle for the Museum of Fine Arts, Ellen E. Perry; Index
Mary C. English is currently Professor of Classics and General Humanities at Montclair State University, USA. In addition to publishing articles on Aristophanes as well as on the reception of Greek tragedy, she is the co-author, with Georgia L. Irby, of A Little Latin Reader (2011; 2nd ed. 2017) and A New Latin Primer (2015).
Lee M. Fratantuono is Professor and Chair of Classics at Ohio Wesleyan University, USA. Among other works on Latin literature and Roman history, he is the co-editor Aeneid 5 (2015) and Aeneid 8 (2018).