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- DescriptionDid Homer tell the 'truth' about the Trojan War? If so, how much, and if t, why t? The issue was hardly academic to the Greeks living under the Roman Empire, given the centrality of both Homer, the father of Greek culture, and the Trojan War, the event that inaugurated Greek history, to conceptions of Imperial Hellenism. This book examines four Greek texts of the Imperial period that address the topic - Strabo's Geography, Dio of Prusa's Trojan Oration, Lucian's vella True Stories, and Philostratus' fictional dialogue Heroicus - and shows how their imaginative explorations of Homer and his relationship to history raise important questions about the nature of poetry and fiction, the identity and intentions of Homer himself, and the significance of the heroic past and Homeric authority in Imperial Greek culture.
- Author BiographyLawrence Kim is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin and specialises in Greek literature and culture of the Imperial period.
- Author(s)Kim Lawrence
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2015
- SubjectLiterary Studies: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleGreek Culture in the Roman World
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight350 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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