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The essays during this quantity learn the connection among historic fiction within the Greco-Roman global and early Jewish and Christian narratives. they think about how these narratives imitated or exploited conventions of fiction to provide different types of literature that expressed new rules or formed group identification in the transferring social and political climates in their personal societies. significant authors and texts surveyed contain Chariton, Shakespeare, Homer, Vergil, Plato, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Daniel, three Maccabees, the testomony of Abraham, rabbinic midrash, the Apocryphal Acts, Ezekiel the Tragedian, and the Sophist Aelian. This diversified assortment finds and examines generic concerns and syntheses within the making: the pervasive use and subversive strength of imitation, the excellence among fiction and historical past, and using background within the expression of id.

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64. 85. 65. See Dio Chrysostom, Orat. 14–17. Cf. 82–83 (though Xenophon is regarded here as a philosopher). 66. pratte ta\ kekeleusme/na; cf. Xenophon, Cyr. , Cyr. 5: e)n e)kei/nw| tw~| a)dihgh/tw|; cf. Cyr. 32: e)n de\ tw~| a)dihgh/tw| tou/tw| tara/xw|. 7; cf. Cyr. 6; cf. Cyr. 2; cf. Cyr. 68 Chariton drew, for example, on Demosthenes’ De corona, in particular the sentence e(spe/ra me\n ga\r h}n, h{ke d )ag ) ge/llwn tij w(j, or “for it was evening, and someone came reporting that. . 4, where he takes up the verb e)gceirei=n, or “to undertake,” as well as the phrase proballome/nouj a)ei\ th\n a)gaqh\n e)lpi/da, or “always protecting themselves by good hope” (cf.

Claudius Rufus, see Philostratus, Vit. soph. 597–98; and Walter Ameling, “Der Sophist Rufus,” Epigraphica Anatolica 6 (1985): 27–33. 8). 61 Though not as pervasive in Chariton’s novel as Homer, these historians do appear at several points in the narrative. 1: cune/graya). 65 In any case, Chariton clearly had read Xenophon’s Cyropaedia. 3: e)lei/beto de\ au)th~| ta\ da/krua kata\ tw~n pareiw~n. Elsewhere Chariton clearly models his language on Xenophon66 60. See Theon, Progymn. 1 (Walz, 1:151, 9–11).

11 (Rabe, 35, 13–14). Nicolaus’s structure is modified slightly with a reference to the present again between past and future (see Progymn. 10 [Felten, 65, 11–66, 9]). hock: the educational curriculum 29 situation, then reflect on the person’s past as a contrast to the present situation, and finally imagine the consequences of this situation for the future. Hermogenes provides some general guidelines about what a person might say in response to a calamitous situation. 84 Theon gives instructions on how to capture the character of a person, saying that the language used should match the person’s age, sex, social status, disposition, and nationality.

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