Athenaeus and his World

Reading Greek Culture in the Roman Empire

Edited by David Braund and John Wilkins and foreword by Glen Bowersock

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ISBN: 9780859896610

Publication: November 1, 2000

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An international team of literary specialists explore Athenaeus' work as a whole, and in its own right. Almost all classicists and ancient historians make use of Athenaeus; 'Athenaeus and his World' is the first sustained attempt to understand and explore his work as a whole, and in its own right. The work emerges as no mere compendium of earlier texts, but as a vibrant work of complex structure and substantial creativity. The book makes sense of the massive and polyphonous Deipnosophistae, the quarry upon which classicists and ancient historians depend for their knowledge of much ancient literature, particularly Comedy, and also the source of much of the data used by modern historians for the social history of the classical and Hellenistic worlds. The 41 chapters; written by an international team of literary specialists and historians, each tackle a significant feature, and the book is divided into seven sections, each prefaced by introductory remarks from the editors.

David Braund is Professor of Ancient History, and head of the Classics and Ancient History department at the University of Exeter. His particular specialism lies in the Black Sea region, especially Russia, Ukraine and Georgia, and he speaks Russian and Georgian fluently.

Glen Bowersock is Professor of Ancient History in the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.

John Wilkins is Professor at the University of Exeter. He is a specialist in the history of food in Greco-Roman culture, with current interests in literature (especially comic drama) and medicine (especially nutrition). His books include Food in Antiquity: Studies in Ancient Society and Culture (Exeter, 1996).

Foreword (Glen Bowersock, Princeton) Section I: General Introduction Introductory remarks 1. David Braund (Exeter): Learning, luxury and empire: Athenaeus’ Roman patron 2. John Wilkins (Exeter): Dialogue and Comedy: the structure of the Deipnosophistae Section II: Text, Transmission and Translation Introductory remarks 3. Geoffrey Arnott (Leeds): Athenaeus and the Epitome: texts, manuscripts and early editions 4. Rosemary Bancroft-Marcus (Oxford): A dainty dish to set before a king: Natale Conti and his translation of Athenaeus’ Deipnosophistae Section III: Athenaeus the Reader and his World Introductory remarks 5. Dorothy Thompson (Cambridge): Athenaeus’ Egyptian background 6. Christian Jacob (Paris): Athenaeus the Librarian 7. Yun Lee Too (Columbia): The Walking Library of Athenaeus: The Performance of Cultural Memories 8. Ewen Bowie (Oxford): Athenaeus’ knowledge of early Greek elegiac and iambic poetry 9. Keith Sidwell (Cork): Athenaeus, Lucian and fifth-century comedy 10. Giuseppe Zecchini (Milan): Athenaeus and Harpocration: historiographical relationships 11 Frank Walbank (Cambridge): Athenaeus and Polybius 12 Christopher Pelling (Oxford): Fun with fragments: Athenaeus and the historians 13 Karim Arafat (London): The recalcitrant mass: Athenaeus and Pausanias 14 John Davies (Liverpool): Athenaeus’ use of public documents 15 Ruth Webb (Princeton): Picturing the past: uses of ekphrasis in the Deipnosophistae and other works of the Second Sophistic 16 Maria Gambato (Padua): The female king: some aspects of representation of eastern kings in the Deipnosophistae 17 Keith Hopwood (Lampeter): Cultural politics in Smyrna, city of the sophists Section IV: Structural Overviews Introductory remarks 18 Lucia Rodriguez-Noriega Guillén (Oviedo): Are the 15 books of the Deipnosophistae an excerpt? 19 Luciana Romeri (Paris): The Logodeipnon: Athenaeus between banquet and anti-banquet 20 Paola Ceccarelli (L’Aquila): Athenaeus and dance 21 James Davidson (London): Pleasure and Pedantry in Athenaeus 22 Tim Whitmarsh (Cambridge): The politics and poetics of parasitism: Athenaeus on parasites and flatterers 23 Graham Anderson (Kent): The banquet of belles-lettres: Athenaeus and the comic symposium 24 Antonia Marchiori (Padua): Between Ichthyophagists and Syrians: features of fish-eating in Athenaeus’ Deipnosophistae Books Seven and Eight Section V: Key Authors Introductory Remarks 25 Malcolm Heath (Leeds): Do heroes eat fish? Athenaeus on the Homeric lifestyle 26 Michael Trapp (London): Plato in the Deipnosophistae 27 Maria Broggiato (London): Athenaeus, Crates and Attic glosses; a problem of attribution 28 Andrew Dalby (Cambridge): The anecdotists (with the fragments of Lynceus) Section VI: Sympotica Introductory remarks 29 Silvia Milanezi (Grenoble): Laughter as dessert: on Athenaeus’ Book Fourteen, 613-616 30 Richard Stoneman (London/Exeter): You are what you eat: diet and philosophical diaita in Athenaeus’ Deipnosophistae 31 Dwora Gilula (Jerusalem): Stratonicus, the witty harpist 32 Andrew Barker (Birmingham): Athenaeus on music 33 Elizabetta Villari (Genoa): Aristoxenus in Athenaeus 34 Roger Brock (Leeds) and Hanneke Wirtjes (Oxford): Athenaeus on Greek wine 35 Konstantinos Niafas (Brussels/Exeter): Athenaeus and the cult of Dionysos Orthos; Deipn. 2. 38 36 Rebecca Flemming (London): Physicians at the feast: the place of medical knowledge at Athenaeus’ dining-table 37 Danielle Gourevitch (Paris): Doctors at supper: Hicesius’ fish and chips 38 Jean-Nicolas Corvisier (Arras): Athenaeus, medicine and demography 39 Madeleine Henry (Iowa): Athenaeus, the Ur-Pornographer Section VII: The other Athenaeus Introductory remarks 40 David Braund (Exeter): Athenaeus, On the Kings of Syria 41 John Wilkins (Exeter): Athenaeus and the Fishes of Archippus Epilogue Bibliography Index locorum Index of Subjects

As the first major book on the Deipnosophistae, Athenaeus and His World provides a pleasingly varied introduction to an under-explored monument.
  Times Literary Supplement

Although Athenaeus' magnum opus is so crucial a text for our knowledge of classical literature and society, his own work has received astonishingly little interest among scholars. In response to this palpable oversight, the editors some years ago organised an international conference to celebrate and explore Athenaeus and his legacy. This weighty volume includes most of the papers from that conference . . . Each contributor is an expert in his specialist field and so offers a uniquely scholarly insight into Athenaeus, his sources and reliability . . . Each contribution is backed up by a wealth of scholarly notes and a helpful general bibliography . . . There is something for everyone here, whether scholar or just interested Hellenist. It might even make you turn to Athenaeus himself and start reading him.
  The Anglo-Hellenic Review, No. 25, Spring

Ce magnifique ouvrage . . . Mais les amateurs de musique, tout comme les lecteurs d'Homere et de Platon, auront egalement beaucoup a glaner dans cet ouvrage qui, sans nul doute, marque une etape nouvelle et incontournable dans le renouveau des etudes sur Athenee.
  Revue des Etudes Greques, No. 114

From the team that brought you Food in Antiquity, and in matching format, Athenaeus has everything: lots of food, buckets of otherwise unknown texts, material on dining customs in late antiquity, and a considerable body of material on sex . . . This volume should go some way towards a broader understanding.
  Petits Propos Culinaires No. 66

...those interested in particular themes in the Deipnosophistae will therefore want to browse the contents of several sections. Fortunately this is made easy by the editors' introductory remarks to each section, which summarise each chapter's main arguments as well as defining its place within the section and in Athenian scholarship. These remarks provide valuable orientation in a collection of this scope.
  Scholia Reviews ns 13, 35

Format: Hardback

Size: 235 x 210 mm

648 Pages

ISBN: 9780859896610

Publication: November 1, 2000

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