Papers of the Langford Latin Seminar, Volume 17, 2017 : Ancient Biography: Identity through Lives, Hardback Book

Papers of the Langford Latin Seminar, Volume 17, 2017 : Ancient Biography: Identity through Lives Hardback

Edited by Francis Cairns, Trevor Luke

Part of the ARCA, Classical and Medieval Texts, Papers and Monographs series

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Biography, Identity and Religion: Federicomaria Muccioli gives a useful brief history of divinisation in biographical writing and discusses Plutarch's depiction of ruler cult in these terms; Daniel Harris-McCoy deals with accounts of dreams in biographical works and their influence on Artemidorus; Jennifer Rea compares the ways in which women are biographized, the early Christian martyr St.

Perpetua, and the twentieth-century Christa McAuliffe, who lost her life in the Challenger disaster; Matthew Ferguson considers eschatological elements in the Alexander Romance, a late-antique highly fictionalized version of the life of Alexander the Great. Greek Lives under Roman rule: Alexei Zadorojnyi identifies the way in which very highly condensed `Lives', for which he uses the term `biographical synecdoche', serve interesting functions within biographical works; Andrew Scott writes about the tensions which arise in Cassius Dio from the fact that he was sometimes a participant in the history he relates; Svetla Slaveva-Griffin is also interested in the relation between biography and real life, and looks in great detail at how this is worked through in the tradition of NeoPlatonic biography.

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