The Web of Athenaeus Paperback / softback
Edited by Dr. Scott Fitzgerald Johnson
Part of the Hellenic Studies Series series
In The Web of Athenaeus, Christian Jacob produces a completely fresh and unique reading of Athenaeus's Sophists at Dinner (ca. 200 ce). Jacob provides the reader with a map and a compass to navigate the unfathomable number of intersecting paths in this enormous work: the books, the quotations, the diners, the dishes served, and--above all--the wordplay, all within the simulacrum of an ancient Greek library.
A text long mined merely for its testimonies to lost classical poets, the Sophists at Dinner has now received a full literary re-imagining by Jacob, who connects the world of Hellenistic erudition with its legacy among Hellenized Romans.
The Web of Athenaeus simultaneously offers a literary history of the rarest and finest of Greek culture along with a creative anthropology of a Roman imperial world obsessed with the Greek past.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 200 pages, 1 line illustration
- Publisher: Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
- Publication Date: 04/06/2013
- Category: Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
- ISBN: 9780674073289