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  • Fashioning the Feminine in the Greek Novelby Katharine Haynes

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 45.95

    The Greek novel occupies a special place in the debate on gender in antiquity, forcing us to ask why the female protagonists are such strong and positive characters. This book rejects the hypothesis of a largely female readership, and also sees a problem in ascribing this pattern to the reflection of a blanket improvement in the status of women. Katharine... more...

  • Seeing Doubleby Susan A. Stephens

    University of California Press 2003; US$ 70.00

    When, in the third century B.C.E., the Ptolemies became rulers in Egypt, they found themselves not only kings of a Greek population but also pharaohs for the Egyptian people. Offering a new and expanded understanding of Alexandrian poetry, Susan Stephens argues that poets such as Callimachus, Theocritus, and Apollonius proved instrumental in bridging... more...

  • Staged Narrativeby James Barrett

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 60.00

    The messenger who reports important action that has occurred offstage is a familiar inhabitant of Greek tragedy. A messenger informs us about the death of Jocasta and the blinding of Oedipus, the madness of Heracles, the slaughter of Aigisthos, and the death of Hippolytus, among other important events. Despite its prevalence, this conventional figure... more...

  • Rhetoric and Poetics in Antiquityby Jeffrey Walker

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 149.99

    This book offers a counter-traditional account of the history of both rhetoric and poetics. In reply to traditional rhetorical histories, which view "rhetoric" primarily as an art of practical civic oratory, the book argues in four extended essays that epideictic-poetic eloquence was central, even fundamental, to the rhetorical tradition in antiquity.... more...

  • Figures of Playby Gregory Dobrov

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 124.99

    Figures of Play explores the reflexive aspects of ancient theatrical culture across genres. Fifth century tragedy and comedy sublimated the agonistic basis of Greek civilization in a way that invited the community of the polis to confront itself. In the theatre, as in the courts and assemblies, a significant subset of the Athenian public was spectator... more...

  • Greek Comedy and Ideologyby David Konstan

    Oxford University Press 1995; US$ 144.99

    In comedy, happy endings resolve real-world conflicts. These conflicts, in turn, leave their mark on the texts in the form of gaps in plot and inconsistencies of characterization. Greek Comedy and Ideology analyzes how the structure of ancient Greek comedy betrays and responds to cultural tensions in the society of the classical city-state. It explores... more...

  • Murder among Friendsby Elizabeth S. Belfiore

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 134.99

    This book argues that Greek tragedy as a genre is characterized by plots centering on kin killing. It contains a detailed analysis of five plays, and comprehensive documentation of this plot pattern in all of the extant tragedies, and in the lost plays of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C.E. more...

  • The Maculate Museby Jeffrey Henderson

    Oxford University Press 1991; US$ 50.00

    This edition of a textbook which offers a detailed discussion of obscenity in Ancient Greek comedy has been revised to include an introduction and updated with additional philological material. more...

  • Greek Tragedyby Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz

    Wiley 2008; US$ 115.95 US$ 100.49

    Greek Tragedy sets ancient tragedy into its original theatrical, political and ritual context and applies modern critical approaches to understanding why tragedy continues to interest modern audiences. An engaging introduction to Greek tragedy, its history, and its reception in the contemporary world with suggested readings for further... more...

  • Poems in Contextby Laura Miguélez-Cavero

    De Gruyter 2008; US$ 169.79

    Examining carefully the Egyptian epic hexameter production from the 3rd to the 6th centuries AD, especially that of the southern region (Thebaid), this study provides an image of three centuries in the history of the Graeco-Egyptian literature, in which authors and poetry are related directly to the social-economic, cultural and literary contexts... more...