A Companion to Late Antique Literature

Scott McGill, Edward J. Watts
John Wiley & Sons, 27 jul. 2018 - 704 páginas

Noted scholars in the field explore the rich variety of late antique literature

With contributions from leading scholars in the field, A Companion to Late Antique Literature presents a broad review of late antique literature. The late antique period encompasses a significant transitional era in literary history from the mid-third century to the early seventh century. The Companion covers notable Greek and Latin texts of the period and provides a varied overview of literature written in six other late antique languages. Comprehensive in scope, this important volume presents new research, methodologies, and significant debates in the field.

The Companion explores the histories, forms, features, audiences, and uses of the literature of the period. This authoritative text:

  • Provides an inclusive overview of late antique literature
  • Offers the widest survey to date of the literary traditions and forms of the period, including those in several languages other than Greek and Latin
  • Presents the most current research and new methodologies in the field
  • Contains contributions from an international group of contributors

Written for students and scholars of late antiquity, this comprehensive volume provides an authoritative review of the literature from the era.


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Middle Persian Pahlavi
Languages of Arabia
Classicizing History and Historical Epitomes
Travel and Pilgrimage Literature
Biography Autobiography
Legal Texts
Handbooks Epitomes and Florilegia
School Texts

Ecclesiastical History
Epideictic Oratory
Epic Poetry
Epigrams Occasional Poetry and Poetic Games
Christian Poetry
Philosophical Commentary
Biblical Commentary
Christian Theological Literature
Literature of Knowledge
Antiquarian Literature
Late Antique Literature in Byzantium
The Arabic Reception of Late Antique
Early Modern Receptions of Late
Edward Gibbon and Late Antique
Visions of Late Antique Literature
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Sobre el autor (2018)

Scott McGill is Professor of Classics at Rice University. He is the author of Plagiarism in Latin Literature and Virgil Recomposed: The Mythological and Secular Virgilian Centos in Antiquity and the translator of Juvencus' Four Books of the Gospels.

Edward J. Watts is Alkiviadis Vassiliadis Chair and Professor of History at University of California, San Diego. He is the author of four books including The Final Pagan Generation and Hypatia: The Life and Legend of an Ancient Philosopher.

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