By Simon Goldhill
Those specifically commissioned essays open up a desirable and novel viewpoint on a vital period of Western tradition. within the moment century CE the Roman empire ruled the Mediterranean, yet Greek tradition maintained its large status. while, Christianity and Judaism have been vying for fans opposed to the lures of such an elite cultural existence. This ebook appears to be like at how writers in Greek from all parts of Empire society spoke back to their political place, to highbrow authority, to spiritual and social pressures.
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2). He asks, and we should ask: do the Histories stagger through a continuum, or reel through supplementary revision, and collapse into self-confuting puffery? 2) - at what cost to personal and cultural identity? 40 Fergus Millar (1987) borrows Frank Walbank's (1974) title (= (1985) 280-97) 'Between Greece and Rome' to contrast their verdicts on Polybius' verdict on Roman supervention in Greece: There is no simple or unambiguous way of stating Polybius' conclusion F. W. Walbank, the greatest modern expert on Polybius, concluded that on the whole his view was favorable.
7-9). 36 John Henderson forever the parochial units and the identities they subtend and assign. 16 The young Polybius studied, and then participated in, the juggling between Megalopolitan Arcadia and the Achaean League, as the last giants of free Greece assumed heroic proportions in his writings - Aratus first (that classic charismatic... 2). 10, cf. 1). Polybius' narrative precisely picks out the infiltration and embroilment of Rome in Greek affairs as the spin-off from alliance between Hannibal and Philip.
Setting an agenda 25 via Lucian's explanations of the weird religious rites of the Greek East towards the Christian polemics concerning spectacle to the rabbi's attempt to create his religious space within the culture of the Eastern empire. It should not be forgotten that it is from such a complex picture of competing extremisms and comfortable understandings that the Christianization of the Empire emerges. Our consideration of 'the cultural identity' of Greeks writing under Rome provides, we suggest, a crucial context for the emergence of that slow process of Christianization.
Being Greek under Rome: Cultural Identity, the Second Sophistic and the Development of Empire by Simon Goldhill