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Abstract: The second-century author Lucian worked within the literary practices of the Greek Second Sophistic, a period defined by the pervasive intertextual use of classical Greek literature within a rhetorical frame to emphasize the cultural importance of the Greek East within the cosmopolitan culture of the Roman Empire. On one hand, Lucian shares common writing techniques with these authors: ... read moremimesis and self-variation; on the other hand, unlike other authors, Lucian's ambition goes beyond simple recapitulation of the past: through adapting the classical corpus, Lucian not only makes his works a continuation of the classical past, but also constructs his new idea of the classic. This thesis examines Lucian's intertextual engagement with the Aristophanic corpus, with the Odyssey, and with his own work How History Should Be Written, in True Histories to demonstrate how Lucian achieves his ambition of reviving and revising the classical past as a vehicle for asserting his particular literary and cultural priorities.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2018.
Submitted to the Dept. of Classics.
Advisors: Matthew Harrington, and Steven Hirsch.
Committee: Ioannis Evrigenis.
Keywords: Classical studies, and Classical literature.read less