Creative Lives in Classical Antiquity (Cambridge Classical Studies)

Creative Lives in Classical Antiquity (Cambridge Classical Studies)

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Johanna Hanink Edited by Richard Fletcher
Cambridge University Press, 9/30/2016
EAN 9781107159082, ISBN10: 1107159083

Hardcover, 411 pages, 22.3 x 14.5 x 2.5 cm
Language: English

What happened when creative biographers took on especially creative subjects (poets, artists and others) in Greek and Roman antiquity? Creative Lives in Classical Antiquity 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 the 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.

List of illustrations
Part I. Opening Remarks
1. Orientation
what we mean by 'creative lives' Johanna Hanink and Richard Fletcher
2. 'Lives' as parameter
the privileging of ancient lives as a category of research c.1900 Constanze Güthenke
Part II. Dead Poets Societies
3. Close encounters with the ancient poets Barbara Graziosi
4. Recognizing Virgil Andrew Laird
Part III. Lives in Unexpected Places
5. A poetic possession
Pindar's Lives of the poets Anna Uhlig
6. What's in a Life? Some forgotten faces of Euripides Johanna Hanink
7. Lives from stone
epigraphy and biography in Classical and Hellenistic Greece Polly Low
Part IV. Laughing Matters and Lives of the Mind
8. On bees, poets and Plato
ancient biographers' representations of the creative process Mary Lefkowitz
9. The life and philosophy of Aristippus in the Socratic epistles Kurt Lampe
10. Imagination dead imagine
Diogenes Laertius' work of mourning Richard Fletcher
Part V. Portraits of the Artist
11. 'It is Orpheus when there is singing'
the mythical fabric of musical lives Pauline A. LeVen
12. The artists as anecdote
creating creators in ancient texts and modern art history Verity Platt
13. Freud and the biography of antiquity Miriam Leonard
Envoi John Henderson
Works cited.