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The Web of Athenaeus, Paperback / softback Book

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:
  • Category: Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
  • ISBN: 9780674073289



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