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- DescriptionExamining the figure of Aesop and the traditions surrounding him, Aesopic Conversations offers a portrait of what Greek popular culture might have looked like in the ancient world. What has survived from the literary record of antiquity is almost entirely the product of an elite of birth, wealth, and education, limiting our access to a fuller range of voices from the ancient past. This book, however, explores the anymous Life of Aesop and offers a different set of perspectives. Leslie Kurke argues that the traditions surrounding this strange text, when read with and against the works of Greek high culture, allow us to reconstruct an ongoing conversation of great and little traditions spanning centuries. Evidence going back to the fifth century BCE suggests that Aesop participated in the practices of nphilosophical wisdom (sophia) while challenging it from below, and Kurke traces Aesop's double relation to this wisdom tradition. She also looks at the hidden influence of Aesop in early Greek mimetic or narrative prose writings, focusing particularly on the Socratic dialogues of Plato and the Histories of Herodotus. Challenging conventional accounts of the invention of Greek prose and recognizing the problematic sociopolitics of humble prose fable, Kurke provides a new approach to the beginnings of prose narrative and what would ultimately become the vel. Delving into Aesop, his adventures, and his crafting of fables, Aesopic Conversations shows how this low, ncanical figure was--unexpectedly--central to the construction of ancient Greek literature.
- Author BiographyLeslie Kurke is professor of classics and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Her books include Coins, Bodies, Games, and Gold (Princeton).
- PrizesWinner of American Philological Association: C.J. Goodwin Award of Merit 2012. Shortlisted for Runciman Award 2012.
- Author(s)Leslie Kurke
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication25/10/2010
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleMartin Classical Lectures
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Note7 halftones.
- Weight485 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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