The Second Sophistic: A Cultural Phenomenon in the Roman Empire

The Second Sophistic: A Cultural Phenomenon in the Roman Empire

by Graham Anderson

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Overview

Sophism was the single most important movement in second century literature: prose of that period came to be written as entertainment rather than confined to historical subjects. Graham Anderson shows how the Greek sophists'skills in public speaking enabled them to perform effectively across a variety of activities. As he presents the sophists' roles as civic celebrities side-by-side with their roles as transmitters of Hellenic culture and literary artists, a co-ordinated view of the Second Sophistic as a complex phenomenon emerges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415555012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/17/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Abbreviations Introduction: Roman Empire and Greek Renaissance 1. Sophists in Society 2. Preparation, Prologue, Performance 3. Communing with the Classics 4. Atticism and Antagonism 5. Hellenic Past, Graeco-Roman Present 6. Cookery and Confection: Sophistic Philosophy, Philosophic Sophistry 7. Some Sophistic Scene-painting 8. Logos Erotikos: The Sophist as Storyteller 9. Adoxa paradoxa: The Papaideumenos at play 10. Piety and Paideia: The Sophist and his Gods 11. Sophistic Self-Presentation: Some Studies 12. Conclusion: Values and Valuations Select Bibliography Index

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