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Pushing the Boundaries of Historia

1st Edition

Edited by Mary C English, Lee M Fratantuono

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302 pages

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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 acknowledgments

Introduction

MARY C. ENGLISH AND LEE M. FRATANTUONO

PART I Herodotean narratives and cross- cultural comparisons

1. Different ways of saying historia in the prose of Herodotus and Thucydides

GREGORY NAGY

2. Tyrants’ spectacles in Herodotus

DEBORAH BOEDEKER

3. Thinking with Sima Qian’s Shiji about Herodotus’ fragmented narrative of the story of Miltiades

THOMAS R. MARTIN

4. Settling family feuds: Lysias 1 and Herodotus’ Lydians

NINA C. COPPOLINO

5. East and West in the Histories of Herodotus and Tacitus

TIMOTHY JOSEPH

PART II Historia and the ancient world

6. Thucydides’ use of Homer in his Archaeology

MARY EBBOTT

7. Models of gift- exchange and practices of hostage- giving and hostage- taking in classical Persian poetry

OLGA M. DAVIDSON

8. Michael Ventris, Sterling Dow, and the initial reception of the decipherment of Linear B

STEPHEN TRACY

9. Citizen scholarship in the Homer Multitext project 133

NEEL SMITH

PART III The development and reception of historical exempla 145

10. Othryadas: The development of a historical and literary exemplum

ALISSA VAILLANCOURT AND ANDREW G. SCOTT

11 No peeking! Athene and Alcibiades

JOSEPH FALAKY NAGY

12. A furious fury: Virgil’s Camilla, Livy’s Camillus, and the reconciliations of Juno

LEE M. FRATANTUONO

13. Ovid’s autobiography (Tr . 4.10): Poetic identity and immortality in the poetry of exile

MATTHEW M. MCGOWAN

14. Billy Collins as a modern- day Ovid: An Ovidian reading of Collins’ Ballistics

JILL A. COYLE

PART IV Fury, honor, and historia : Confl ict and struggle in the Greek and Roman imaginations

15. Sound effects: Aural aspects of Euripides’ Bacchae

KATIE LAMBERTO

16. Evander’s love of gore and bloodshed in Aeneid 8

JAMES J. O’HARA

17. A disquiet follows my soul: Civil war in Livy Book I

MARK J. B. WRIGHT

18. Saint Pilate and the conversion of Tiberius

PAUL F. BURKE

19. Julius Caesar in the 1960s: Jerome Kilty’s stage

adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s The Ides of March

MARY C. ENGLISH

20. Edward Robinson’s plaster casts and the battle for the

Museum of Fine Arts

ELLEN E. PERRY

About the Editors

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).

About the Series

Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS002000
HISTORY / Ancient / General