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Alexander Romance  

Richard Stoneman

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Feb 2018
The Alexander Romance is a fictionalized life of Alexander III of Macedon (Alexander the Great, 356–323 bce), originating in the 3rd century BC, though the earliest evidence for its ... More

Pancrates, Greco-Egyptian hexameter poet, 2nd century CE  

Tim Whitmarsh

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Jan 2018
Pancrates was a Greek hexameter poet of the 2nd centuryce,1 a native Egyptian operating in Alexandria in the time of Hadrian. He may be identical with the Heliopolitan prophet and magician Pachrates ... More


Simon Goldhill

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Jan 2018
An anecdote in English means a short and pointed narrative, often of a biographical nature, which is not usually attributed to an author. The ancient Greek word anekdotos means no more than ... More

Musaeus (3), Greek poet, 5th century CE  

Silvia Montiglio

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Nov 2017
Musaeus (5th or early 6th centuryce; Colluthus and Agathias know his poem1) is the author of Hero and Leander, an epyllion of 343 lines. The attribution to him of a fragment of an epic ... More

the self in Greek literature  

Christopher Gill

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Mar 2017
The notion of “self” is a non-technical one, bridging the areas of psychology and ethics or social relations. Criteria for selfhood include psychological unity or cohesion, agency, ... More

revision in Greek and Latin literature  

Sean Alexander Gurd

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Mar 2017
Revision happens when a text is changed. Its most common name in Greek was διόρθωσις; in Latin, emendatio. It was practised by writers of all styles and levels of ability, working alone ... More


William Hansen

Folktales are traditional fictional stories. Unlike works of original literary fiction, they are normally anonymous narratives that have been transmitted from one teller to another over an ... More

(Aelia) Eudocia, c. 400–460 CE  

Pavlos Avlamis

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Nov 2016
Originally named Athenais, Eudocia was the daughter of Leontius, a teacher of rhetoric. She was born in Athens (Evagrius Scholasticus Historia ecclesiastica 1.20) and probably followed her father in ... More


Kelly L. Wrenhaven

In ancient Greece and Rome, masturbation was viewed with good-humored disdain. Although it was not apparently subject to the same kinds of scathing attacks that Greek comedy makes on male same-sex ... More

Uranius, Greek writer about Arabia  

Simon Hornblower

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Jun 2016
His date is not quite certain, but 4th century ce (rather than three centuries earlier) seems likeliest. He is a source for much of the Arabian information in Stephanus of Byzantium, in ... More