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The Author's Voice in Classical and Late Antiquity


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What significance does the voice or projected persona in which a text is written have for our understanding of the meaning of that text? This volume explores the persona of the author in antiquity, from Homer to late antiquity, taking into account both Latin and Greek authors from a range of disciplines. The thirteen chapters are divided into two main sections, the first of which focuses on the diverse forms of writing adopted by various ancient authors, and the different ways these forms were used to present and project an authorial voice. The second part of the volume considers questions regarding authority and ascription in relation to the authorial voice. In particular, it looks at how later readers - and later authors - may understand the authority of a text's author or supposed author. The volume contains chapters on pseudo-epigraphy and fictional letters, as well as the use of texts as authoritative in philosophical schools, and the ancient ascription of authorship to works of art.

About the Author

Anna Marmodoro is a Fellow in Philosophy at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. She has a background in ancient and medieval philosophy, and a strong research interest in metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of religion. She has published journal articles in all these areas, and edited two collections of essays: The Metaphysics of Powers (2010) and The Metaphysics of the Incarnation (OUP, 2011). She also directs a large-scale research project based in Oxford, which investigates the nature of the fundamental building blocks of reality in ancient and contemporary thought.

Jonathan Hill is Templeton World Charity Foundation Research Officer, based in the Department of Materials, University of Oxford. He was previously Research Assistant in the Philosophy Faculty, working with Anna Marmodoro on a Leverhulme-funded project on the philosophy of religion. He is author of The Lion Handbook: the History of Christianity (2007) and Dictionary of Theologians: to 1308 (2010), and co-edited with Anna Marmodoro The Metaphysics of the Incarnation (OUP, 2011).

Table of Contents


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Anna Marmodoro and Jonathan Hill

Part 1: The author's voice: presentation and function

Section 1.1 The author's voice in the third person

1. The poet in the Iliad, Barbara Graziosi

2. Xenophon's and Caesar's third-person narratives or are theya?, Christopher Pelling

Section 1.2: The author's voice in dialogue

3. Listening to many voices: Athenian tragedy as popular art, William Allan and Adrian Kelly

4. When I read my Cato, it is as if Cato speaks: the birth and evolution of Cicero's dialogic voice, Sarah Culpepper Stroup

5. Author and speaker(s) in Horace's Satires 2, Stephen Harrison

Section 1.3: The author's voice in the first person

6. I, Polybius : self-conscious didacticism, Georgina Longley

7. Drip-feed invective: Pliny, self-fashioning, and the Regulus letters, Rhiannon Ash

8. An I for an I: reading fictional autobiography, Tim Whitmarsh

Part 2: The author's voice: authority and ascription

9. Ille ego qui quondam: on authorial (an)onymity, Irene Peirano

10. Authorship and authority in Greek fictional letters, Andrew Morrison

11. Plato's religious voice: Socrates as godsent, in Plato and the Platonists, Michael Erler

12. When the dead speak: the refashioning of Ignatius of Antioch in the long recension of his letters, Mark Edwards

13. Ars in their I's: authority and authorship in Graeco-Roman visual culture, Michael Squire


Product Details

Marmodoro, Anna (edt)
Oxford University Press, USA
Hill, Jonathan
Marmodoro, Anna
Ancient - General
Classical Studies | Literary Criticism
Literary Criticism : General
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5.7 x 8.6 x 1.2 in 1.25 lb

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