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Beyond the Second Sophistic: Adventures in Greek Postclassicism

Tim Whitmarsh


What happened to Greek literature after the classical period—when Sophocles, Plato, and Demosthenes were just a memory? Postclassical Greek culture has usually been thought of as dominated by aristocratic elites obsessed with preserving links to the past. This book proposes a very different model. Covering popular fiction, poetry, and Greco-Jewish material, it argues for a rich, dynamic, and diverse culture that cannot be reduced to a simple model of continuity. Shining new light on a series of playful, imaginative texts that are left out of the traditional accounts of Greek literature—texts s ... More

Keywords: Greek literature, Greek identity, Jewish literature, Jewish identity, Second Sophistic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520276819
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520276819.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Whitmarsh, author