Tim Whitmarsh is Professor of Ancient Literatures and E. P. Warren Praelector, Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He has published widely on ancient prose fiction, including Narrative and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel: Returning Romance (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and edited The Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2008). He is currently writing a book on religious scepticism in antiquity. Stuart Thomson is a doctoral student at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, specialising on Clement of Alexandria.
1. The romance between Greece and the East Tim Whitmarsh; Part I. Egyptians: 2. Greek fiction and Egyptian fiction: are they related, and, if so, how? Ian Rutherford; 3. Manetho John Dillery; 4. Imitatio Alexandri in Egyptian literary tradition Kim Ryholt; 5. Divine anger management: the Greek version of the myth of the sun's eye (P.Lond.Lit. 192) Stephanie West; 6. Fictions of cultural authority Susan Stephens; Part II. Mesopotamians and Iranians: 7. Berossus Johannes Haubold; 8. The Greek novel Ninus and Semiramis: its background in Assyrian and Seleucid history and monuments Stephanie Dalley; 9. Ctesias, the Achaemenid court, and the history of the Greek novel Josef Wiesehofer; 10. Iskander and the idea of Iran Daniel Selden; Part III. Jews and Phoenicians: 11. Josephus' Esther and Diaspora Judaism Emily Kneebone; 12. The eastern king in the Hebrew Bible: novelistic motifs in early Jewish literature Jennie Barbour; 13. 'Lost in translation'? The Phoenician Journal of Dictys of Crete Karen Ni Mheallaigh; 14. Milesiae Punicae: how Punic was Apuleius? Stephen Harrison; Part IV. Anatolians: 15. The victory of Greek Ionia in Xenophon's Ephesiaca Aldo Tagliabue; 16. Milesian tales Ewen Bowie; Part V. Transmission and Reception: 17. Does triviality translate? The Life of Aesop travels east Pavlos Avlamis; 18. Mime and the romance Ruth Webb; 19. Orality, folktales, and the cross-cultural transmission of narrative Larry Kim; 20. History, empire and the novel: Pierre-Daniel Huet and the origins of the romance Phiroze Vasunia.
Twenty essays by renowned scholars explore contact between Greece and the Ancient Near East through the medium of prose fiction.