Flavius Philostratus Heroikos /
translated with an introduction and notes by Jennifer K. Berenson Maclean and Ellen Bradshaw Aitken ; with a prologue by Gregory Nagy and an epilogue by Helmut Koester.
Atlanta : Society of Biblical Literature, c2001.
cxvii, 318 p. : ill.
1589830083 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Atlanta : Society of Biblical Literature, c2001.
1589830083 (pbk. : alk. paper)
language note
Text in English and Ancient Greek; study in English.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jennifer K. Berenson Maclean is Associate Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Roanoke College Ellen Bradshaw Aitken is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Harvard Divinity School
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Long Description
Philostratus's Heroikos, available here in English for the first time, is a fictional dialogue set at the tomb of Protesilaos, the first hero to die in the Trojan War. Returning to life, Protesilaos reveals his insights about Homer, the Trojan War, its heroes, and their cults. The author of the Life of Apollonius of Tyana here molds heroic traditions to promote for his own day a renewed Greek cultural and religious outlook, providing fresh material for comparing the construction of cultural identity by various groups--including the early Christians--in the Roman Empire and Late Antiquity. In their introduction and notes, Maclean and Aitken, trained in the classics and early Christianity, discuss how issues of authority, revealed knowledge, religious practice, and gender were treated in this early-third-century C.E. text. With Greek text and English translation on facing pages, an extensive glossary and maps, this volume offers an insightful introduction to the Heroikos for both scholars and students.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The Sign of the Hero: A Prologuep. xv
Introductionp. xxxvii
The Plot of the Heroikosp. xxxvii
The Genre of the Heroikosp. xl
Authorship and Dating of the Heroikosp. xlii
Philostratus and the Heroikos as a Sophistic Workp. xlv
Protesilaos: Origins and Trajectories of His Story in Literature, Art, and Cultp. 1
The Two Great Heroes of the Heroikos: Protesilaos and Achillesp. lvi
The Heroikos and Homer: On Critiquing Heroic Traditionsp. lx
The Heroikos and Its Aimsp. lxxvi
On Reading the Heroikosp. lxxxvii
The Numbering Used in This Volumep. xciii
Concerning Transliterationp. xciv
A Guide to the Textual Apparatusp. xcv
Philostratus Heroikos: Text and Translationp. 1
The Phoenician's Quest (1.1-8.18)p. 3
The Vinedresser and the Phoenician Meet (1.1-6.6)p. 3
The Phoenician's Doubts Overcome (6.7-8.18)p. 19
Protesilaos (9.1-23.30)p. 29
The Sanctuary of Protesilaos at Elaious (9.1-7)p. 29
Protesilaos's Appearance, Character, and Way of Life (10.1-13.4)p. 33
Suppliants at Protesilaos's Sanctuary (14.1-17.6)p. 41
Recent Appearances of Heroes at Troy (18.1-23.1)p. 49
The Battle at Mysia and the Contest of the Shield (23.2-30)p. 61
Protesilaos's Opinion of Homer (24.1-25.17)p. 69
The Catalogue of the Heroes (25.18-42.4)p. 77
Nestor and Antilokhos (25.18-26.20)p. 77
Diomedes and Sthenelos (27.1-13)p. 85
Philoktetes (28.1-14)p. 89
Agamemnon, Menelaos, and Idomeneus (29.1-30.3)p. 93
The Locrian Ajax (31.1-32.2)p. 95
Palamedes and Odysseus (33.1-34.7)p. 99
The Telamonian Ajax (35.1-36.1)p. 115
The Trojan Heroes (36.2-42.4)p. 123
On Homer and His Art (43.1-44.4)p. 129
Achilles (44.5-57.17)p. 135
Achilles' Life, Appearance, and Character (44.5-52.2)p. 135
The Cult of Achilles at Troy (52.3-54.1)p. 153
On Leuke (54.2-57.17)p. 165
The Songs of Achilles and Helen (54.2-55.6)p. 165
The Vengeance of Achilles (56.1-57.17)p. 171
Evening Falls (58.1-6)p. 179
Mapsp. 183
Glossaryp. 187
Select Bibliographyp. 245
On Heroes, Tombs, and Early Christianity: An Epiloguep. 257
Index of Greek Wordsp. 265
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