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Miles, G, Philostratus, Oxford Handbook to the Second Sophistic, Oxford University Press, DS Richter and WA Johnson (ed), United States, pp. 1-23. ISBN 9780199837472 (2017) [Other Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199837472.013.29


The variety of topics in the surviving works of Philostratus makes generalizations about the corpus as a whole difficult. Two biographical works take contrary approaches. The Lives of the Sophists (in which he coined the term "Second Sophistic") constructs a partial history of Greek rhetorical culture, while the Life of Apollonius of Tyana transforms the portrait of a philosopher into a condensation of Hellenic tradition. In the Heroicus the foundational text of Homeric epic is reimagined through hero cult and Homeric correction, and in the Imagines the mythic past is reconstituted in ekphrasis of artworks. The defining trait of these works is a profound and creative engagement with the Hellenic past, in which readers are shown interpretive approaches to the traditions of Greek art, literature, and religion, and allowed the opportunity to hone their own hermeneutic skills.

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Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:Philostratus, ancient biography, Second Sophistic, ekphrasis, Lives of the Sophists, Life of Apollonius of Tyana, Heroicus, hero cult, Imagines
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Latin and classical Greek literature
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Europe's past
UTAS Author:Miles, G (Dr Graeme Miles)
ID Code:122566
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-11-17
Last Modified:2019-02-08

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