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Fantasy in Greek and Roman literature

Author: Graham Anderson
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2020. ©2020
Series: Routledge monographs in classical studies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Fantasy in Greek and Roman Literature offers an overview of Greek and Roman excursions into fantasy, including imaginary voyages, dream-worlds, talking animals and similar impossibilities. This is a territory seldom explored and extends to rarely read texts such as the Aesop Romance, The Battle of the Frogs and the Mice, and The Pumpkinification of the Emperor Claudius. Bringing this diverse material together for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Graham Anderson
ISBN: 9780429029578 0429029578 9780429636004 0429636008 9780429639173 0429639171 9780429642340 0429642342
OCLC Number: 1104920349
Description: 1 online resource (222 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half-Title; Series; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; List of abbreviations; 1 Introduction; PART I Themes of fantasy; 2 Otherworldly conversations in antiquity; 3 Talking animals, monstrous creatures; 4 Fantastic voyages, other communities; 5 Dreams, apparitions, horror; 6 Some fantastic aspects of myth; 7 The ultimate myth: Metamorphosis; 8 Bizarre banquets, topsy-turvy tables; 9 Planting the phallus; PART II Divergent imaginations; 10 Verse fantasy into prose; 11 Inventing the past in Homer and Philostratus; PART III Fantastic texts 12 Fantasy in Old Comedy and Lucian13 Getting into heaven: Lucian's Icaromenippus and Seneca's Apocolocyntosis; 14 The summation of fantasy: Lucian's True Histories; PART IV Consumers of fantasy; 15 Narrators and audiences for Fantasy; 16 Some approaches, ancient and modern; 17 Conclusions; Appendix: some fantastic nonsense; Bibliography; Index
Series Title: Routledge monographs in classical studies.
Responsibility: Graham Anderson.

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Fantasy in Greek and Roman Literature offers an overview of Greek and Roman excursions into fantasy, including imaginary voyages, dream-worlds, talking animals and similar impossibilities. This is a territory seldom explored and extends to rarely read texts such as the Aesop Romance, The Battle of the Frogs and the Mice, and The Pumpkinification of the Emperor Claudius. Bringing this diverse material together for the first time, Anderson widens readers' perspectives on the realm of fantasy in ancient literature, including topics such as dialogues with the dead, Utopian communities and fantastic feasts. Going beyond the more familiar world of myth, his examples range from The Golden Ass to the Late Antique Testament of a Pig. The volume also explores ancient resistance to the world of make-believe. Fantasy in Greek and Roman Literature is an invaluable resource not only for students of classical and comparative literature, but also for modern writers on fantasy who want to explore the genre's origins in antiquity, both in the more obvious and inlesser-known texts.

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