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Creative lives in classical antiquity : poets, artists and biography / edited by Richard Fletcher (Ohio State University), Johanna Hanink (Brown University).

  • Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • ©2016
ix, 373 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Summary note:
"What happened when creative biographers took on especially creative subjects (poets, artists and others) in Greek and Roman antiquity? Creative Lives examines how the biographical traditions of ancient poets and artists parallel the creative processes of biographers themselves, both within antiquity and beyond. Each chapter explores a range of biographical material that highlights the complexity of how readers and viewers imagine the lives of ancient creator-figures. Work in the last decades has emphasized the likely fictionality of nearly all of the ancient evidence about lives of poets, as well as of other artists and intellectuals; this book now sets out to show what we might nevertheless still do with the rich surviving testimony for 'creative lives'-and the evidence that those traditions still shape how we narrate modern lives, too."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 334-368) and index.
Part I. Opening remarks -- Orientation: what we mean by 'creative lives' / Johanna Hanink and Richard Fletcher -- 'Lives' as parameter: the privileging of ancient lives as a category of research c. 1900 / Constanze Güthenke -- Part II. Dead poets societies -- Close encounters with the ancient poets / Barbara Graziosi -- Recognizing Virgil / Andrew Laird -- Part III. Lives in unexpected places -- A poetic possession: Pindar's Lives of the poets / Anna Uhlig -- What's in a life? Some forgotten faces of Euripides / Johanna Hanink -- Lives from stone: Epigraphy and biography in Classical and Hellenistic Greece / Polly Low -- Part IV. Laughing matters and lives of the mind -- On bees, poets and Plato: ancient biographers' representations of the creative process / Mary Lefkowitz -- The life and philosophy of Aristippus in the Socratic epistles / Kurt Lampe -- Imagination dead imagine: Diogenes Laertius' work of mourning / Richard Fletcher -- Part V. Portraits of the artist -- 'It is Orpheus when there is singing': The mythical fabric of musical lives / Pauline A. Leven -- The artists as anecdote: creating creators in ancient texts and modern art history / Verity Platt -- Freud and the biography of antiquity / Miriam Leonard -- Envoi / John Henderson.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
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  • 1107159083 ((hard back))
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