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Author Swain, Simon.

Title Hellenism and empire : language, classicism, and power in the Greek world, AD 50-250 / Simon Swain.

Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  880.9001 SWAI    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 499 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [433]-474) and index.
Contents 1. Language and Identity -- 2. The Practice of Purism -- 3. Past and Present -- 4. The Greek Novel and Greek Identity -- 5. Plutarch -- 6. Dio of Prusa -- 7. Arrian and Appian -- 8. Aristides -- 9. Lucian -- 10. Pausanias -- 11. Galen -- 12. Philostratus -- 13. Cassius Dio -- App. A. The Dating of the Greek Novels -- App. B. Sosius Senecio's Alleged Eastern Origin -- App. C. The Dating of Dio of Prusa's Rhodian and Alexandrian Orations -- App. D. Galen's On Theriac to Piso.
Summary Hellenism and Empire explores Greek identity, politics, and culture in the first three centuries AD, the period known as the second sophistic. The sources of this identity were the words and deeds of the classical Greeks, and the emphasis placed on Greekness and the Greek heritage was far greater then than at any other time. Yet this period is often seen as one of happy consensualism between the Greek and Roman halves of the Roman Empire. The first part of the book shows that Greek identity came before any loyalty to Rome (and was indeed partly a reaction to Rome), while the views of the major authors of the period, which are studied in the second part, confirm and restate the prior claims of Hellenism.
Subject Greek literature, Hellenistic -- History and criticism.
Greek language, Hellenistic (300 B.C.-600 A.D.) -- Social aspects -- Greece.
Politics and literature -- Greece -- History.
Literature and society -- Greece -- History.
Nationalism -- Greece -- Historiography.
Civilization, Greco-Roman.
Power (Social sciences)
Greece -- Relations -- Rome.
Rome -- Relations -- Greece.
ISBN 0198147724
0198152310 (paperback)