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
Adam H. Becker is Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies at New York University. He is author of Fear of God and the Beginning of Wisdom: The School of Nisibis and Christian Scholastic Culture in Late Antique Mesopotamia (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006). His other publications include articles on Syriac Christianity as well as Jewish-Christian relations in late antiquity.
Averil Cameron was Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine History at King’s College London and has been Warden of Keble College, Oxford, since 1994. She has published extensively on late antiquity, recently as an editor of the Cambridge Ancient History volumes XII–XIV, and is the author of The Byzantines (Blackwell, 2006).
Adrian Hollis has been a Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, since 1967, after three years at St Andrews University. He has edited with commentary Ovid’s Metamorphoses 8 (Oxford University Press, 1970/1983) and Ars Amatoria 1 (OUP, 1977/1989) and Callimachus’ Hecale (OUP, 1990). Recently he completed Fragments of Roman Poetry c. 60 BC–AD 20 (OUP, 2007).
Elizabeth Jefferys is the Bywater and Sotheby Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature in the University of Oxford. She has written extensively on topics to do with Byzantine literature from all periods. Her book on the Byzantine Navy, with John Pryor of Sydney University, is appearing from Brill in 2006.
Aaron P. Johnson is a Lecturer in Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Ethnicity and Argument in Eusebius’ Praeparatio Evangelica (Oxford University Press, 2006). His work has appeared in Journal of Early Christian Studies, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies, and elsewhere.
Scott Fitzgerald Johnson is a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. He is the author of The Life and Miracles of Thekla, A Literary Study (Center for Hellenic Studies and Harvard University Press, 2006). While he continues to research the history of apocryphal and pseudepigraphical traditions, his current project concerns the organization of knowledge in late antiquity.
Christopher P. Jones is George Martin Lane Professor of Classics and History, Harvard University. He recently published Philostratus: Apollonius of Tyana in the Loeb Classical Library (3 vols, Harvard University Press, 2005–2006). He is currently writing a book about the creation of new heroes in the ancient world.
Yannis Papadoyannakis is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. He works on the Christianization of the Roman Empire, Apologetics, and late antique and Byzantine Greek literature. He is currently preparing a monograph on the apologetics of Theodoret of Cyrrhus against the Greeks.
Ruth Webb is Honorary Research Fellow, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck College London and Professeur Associé, Université de Paris X–Nanterre. She has published many articles on imperial Greek education and rhetoric and on the late antique theatre.
Mary Whitby is a freelance academic, editor, and university teacher. Her publications lie in the ﬁeld of late antique poetry, rhetoric, and historiography. She has edited The Propaganda of Power, a volume of essays on panegyric in late antiquity (Brill, 1998) and, in connection with work on the Prosopography of the Byzantine World project based at King’s College, London, Byzantines and Crusaders in Non-Greek Sources (OUP for the British Academy, 2006).
A Note on Transliteration, Spelling, and Abbreviations
The question of how to render Greek words in transliteration always appears more taxing than it probably should be. In the present case I have taken the laissez-faire approach while also attempting to maintain the consistency of the volume as much as possible. Individual contributors were allowed to choose for themselves how they rendered Greek (e.g., whether to signify long vowels) and whether to Latinize proper names or not. Also, I was not doctrinaire about English spelling: this is a transatlantic venture and is reﬂected as such in the individual papers. Finally, short titles of classical works employed in this book can be found in the ‘Authors and Works’ sections of Liddell-Scott-Jones, A Greek-English Lexicon (rev. ed., Oxford, 1996), the Oxford Latin Dictionary (Oxford, 1996), or Lewis and Short, A Latin Dictionary (Oxford, 1879). Abbreviations for journals and series are listed below.