Lies and Fiction in the Ancient World
Edited by Christopher Gill and T. P. Wiseman
Christopher Gill is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Thought at the University of Exeter. His books include 'Form and Argument in Late Plato' (OUP, 1996) and a translation of 'Plato, Symposium' (Penguin, 1999).
T. P. Wiseman is Emeritus Professor of Roman History at the University of Exeter and a Fellow of the British Academy. He came to Exeter in 1977, and was Head of Department from 1977 to 1990.
Contents Fiction, lies and slander in archaic Greek poetry, E.L. Bowie Plato on falsehood - not fiction, Christopher Gill Truth and untruth in Greed and Roman historiography, J.L. Moles Lying historians - seven types of mendacity, T.P. Wiseman Fiction, bewitchment and story worlds - the implications of claims to truth in Apuleius, Andrew Laird Make-believe and make believe - the fictionality of the Greek novels, J.R. Morgan Towards an account of the ancient world's concept of fictive belief, D.C. Feeney
If the range of ideas developed by ancient writers does not precisely correspond to modern categories, that is hardly surprising: as Michael Wood and D.C. Feeney argue, the boundaries between fact, fiction and falsehood are culturally determined and change over time. This book explores the varying ways in which these categories were constructed in the ancient world, and in the process raises important questions about the definition of fiction in contemporary culture.
Journal of Hellenic Studies
It has long been recognized that the imagination of the novelist, the poet, and the historian must be related in important, intimate ways. This collection advances our understanding of those related imaginations.
Despite its selective focus, this superb collection of articles on the problem of fiction in antiquity is a valuable acquisition for any general library, the scope of the book and the range of the individual contributions extensive enough to ensure that the evidence for this protean literary category is given generous coverage.
Size: 231 x 151 mm
Publication: June 1, 1993