Homer between History and Fiction in Imperial Greek Literature (Greek Culture in the Roman World)


Did Homer inform the 'truth' in regards to the Trojan struggle? if that is so, how a lot, and if now not, why no longer? the difficulty was once hardly ever educational to the Greeks dwelling below the Roman Empire, given the centrality of either Homer, the daddy of Greek tradition, and the Trojan struggle, the development that inaugurated Greek heritage, to conceptions of Imperial Hellenism. This booklet examines 4 Greek texts of the Imperial interval that tackle the subject - Strabo's Geography, Dio of Prusa's Trojan Oration, Lucian's novella actual tales, and Philostratus' fictional discussion Heroicus - and exhibits how their innovative explorations of Homer and his dating to historical past bring up very important questions on the character of poetry and fiction, the id and intentions of Homer himself, and the importance of the heroic previous and Homeric authority in Imperial Greek tradition.

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