Greek Literature in Late Antiquity: Dynamism, Didacticism, Classicism
Scott Fitzgerald Johnson, Introduction
Part I. Dynamism
Averil Cameron, New Themes and Styles in Greek Literature: A Title Revisited Adam H. Becker, The Dynamic Reception of Theodore of Mopsuestia in the Sixth Century: Greek, Syriac, and Latin Christopher P. Jones, Apollonius of Tyana in Late Antiquity Part II. Didacticism
Aaron P. Johnson, Eusebius' Praeparatio Evangelica as Literary Experiment Yannis Papadoyannakis, Instruction by Question and Answer: The Case of Late Antique and Byzantine Erotapokriseis Ruth Webb, Rhetorical and Theatrical Fictions in Chorikios of Gaza Part III. Classicism
Elizabeth Jeffreys, Writers and Audiences in the Early Sixth Century Adrian Hollis, The Hellenistic Epyllion and Its Descendants Mary Whitby, The St Polyeuktos Epigram (AP 1.10): A Literary Perspective Scott Fitzgerald Johnson, Late Antique Narrative Fiction: Apocryphal Acta and the Greek Novel in the Fifth-Century Life and Miracles of Thekla
There are several people without whom this volume would have been signiﬁcantly delayed or might not have come to press at all. On behalf of the contributors, I would like to express our collective appreciation for their assistance.
First and foremost among these is James George, a fellow traveler with this book who in the end was not able to be a part of its ﬁnal version. Not only did he help conceive the project several years ago, but he was an important member of our original Oxford conference on which the book is based. His enthusiasm for both Greek literature and late antiquity is unﬂagging and it played a crucial role in moving towards publication. Out of gratitude and friendship I have chosen to dedicate this book to him.
I would also like to thank Matthew Polk, who worked painstakingly with Greek fonts and bibliographical stylesheets to lay the foundation of the text you see before you. He was the ﬁrst-round copy editor who dealt gently with all the idiosyncrasies of our various computers and academic proclivities. I am also grateful for his help with the index. He has been a friend and colleague in the publication process from beginning to end.
Ivy Livingston was responsible for making the text look like a real book, and she did a marvelous job. As always, she was professional, courteous, and prompt. An editor simply could not ask for a more talented and affable typesetter, especially one so gifted at making thorny design problems look easy.
I am grateful to my colleagues in the Society of Fellows for wide-ranging discussions that helped to shape the vision of this volume. In particular, I would like to thank David Elmer and Gregory Nagy for reading the introduction and suggesting improvements and Jonathan Bolton and Jurij Striedter for helping me to think about the concept of literary history.
Finally, it is a pleasure to offer my gratitude to John Smedley, Celia Hoare, and the editorial staff at Ashgate. John was excited about this project from our very ﬁrst meeting at the 2004 Byzantine Studies Conference in Baltimore. His encouraging and patient nature is enviable in any context, but particularly when one is falling signiﬁcantly behind a deadline. Above all, he should be warmly thanked for what he has done to advance the knowledge of late antiquity and Byzantium in the scholarly community and beyond.
My wife Carol and daughter Susanna have lived with these papers for many months. I am grateful to them and the rest of my family for their unfailing support and love during this busy season.
Scott Fitzgerald Johnson,