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Whitmarsh, Tim

Works: 51 works in 305 publications in 5 languages and 10,449 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings  Biographies  Academic theses  Encyclopedias  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Collector, Creator, wac, win, Other, Publishing director
Classifications: PA3819, 883.01
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Most widely held works by Tim Whitmarsh
Beyond the Second Sophistic : adventures in Greek postclassicism by Tim Whitmarsh( )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2020 in English and held by 1,434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The "Second Sophistic" traditionally refers to a period at the height of the Roman Empire's power that witnessed a flourishing of Greek rhetoric and oratory, and since the 19th century it has often been viewed as a defense of Hellenic civilization against the domination of Rome. This book proposes a very different model. Covering popular fiction, poetry and Greco-Jewish material, it argues for a rich, dynamic, and diverse culture, which cannot be reduced to a simple model of continuity. Shining new light on a series of playful, imaginative texts that are left out of the traditional accounts of Greek literature, Whitmarsh models a more adventurous, exploratory approach to later Greek culture. Beyond the Second Sophistic offers not only a new way of looking at Greek literature from 300 BCE onwards, but also a challenge to the Eurocentric, aristocratic constructions placed on the Greek heritage. Accessible and lively, it will appeal to students and scholars of Greek literature and culture, Hellenistic Judaism, world literature, and cultural theory."
Battling the gods : atheism in the ancient world by Tim Whitmarsh( Book )

29 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How new is atheism? Although adherents and opponents alike today present it as an invention of the European Enlightenment, when the forces of science and secularism broadly challenged those of faith, disbelief in the gods, in fact, originated in a far more remote past. In Battling the Gods, Tim Whitmarsh journeys into the ancient Mediterranean, a world almost unimaginably different from our own, to recover the stories and voices of those who first refused the divinities. Homer's epic poems of human striving, journeying, and passion were ancient Greece's only "sacred texts," but no ancient Greek thought twice about questioning or mocking his stories of the gods. Priests were functionaries rather than sources of moral or cosmological wisdom. The absence of centralized religious authority made for an extraordinary variety of perspectives on sacred matters, from the devotional to the atheos, or "godless." Whitmarsh explores this kaleidoscopic range of ideas about the gods, focusing on the colorful individuals who challenged their existence. Among these were some of the greatest ancient poets and philosophers and writers, as well as the less well known: Diagoras of Melos, perhaps the first self-professed atheist; Democritus, the first materialist; Socrates, executed for rejecting the gods of the Athenian state; Epicurus and his followers, who thought gods could not intervene in human affairs; the brilliantly mischievous satirist Lucian of Samosata. Before the revolutions of late antiquity, which saw the scriptural religions of Christianity and Islam enforced by imperial might, there were few constraints on belief. Everything changed, however, in the millennium between the appearance of the Homeric poems and Christianity's establishment as Rome's state religion in the fourth century AD. As successive Greco-Roman empires grew in size and complexity, and power was increasingly concentrated in central capitals, states sought to impose collective religious adherence, first to cults devoted to individual rulers, and ultimately to monotheism. In this new world, there was no room for outright disbelief: the label "atheist" was used now to demonize anyone who merely disagreed with the orthodoxy--and so it would remain for centuries."--Jacket
The romance between Greece and the East by Tim Whitmarsh( )

20 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The contact zones between the Greco-Roman world and the Near East represent one of the most exciting and fast-moving areas of ancient-world studies. This new collection of essays, by world-renowned experts (and some new voices) in classical, Jewish, Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Persian literature, focuses specifically on prose fiction, or 'the ancient novel'. Twenty chapters either offer fresh readings - from an intercultural perspective - of familiar texts (such as the biblical Esther and Ecclesiastes, Xenophon of Ephesus' Ephesian Story and Dictys of Crete's Journal), or introduce material that may be new to many readers: from demotic Egyptian papyri through old Avestan hymns to a Turkic translation of the Life of Aesop. The volume also considers issues of methodology and the history of scholarship on the topic. A concluding section deals with the question of how narratives, patterns and motifs may have come to be transmitted between cultures
Narrative and identity in the ancient Greek novel : returning romance by Tim Whitmarsh( )

22 editions published between 1900 and 2015 in English and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Greek romance was for the Roman period what epic was for the Archaic period or drama for the Classical: the central literary vehicle for articulating ideas about the relationship between self and community. This book offers a fresh reading of the romance both as a distinctive narrative form (using a range of narrative theories) and as a paradigmatic expression of identity (social, sexual and cultural). At the same time it emphasises the elasticity of romance narrative and its ability to accommodate both conservative and transformative models of identity. This elasticity manifests itself partly in the variation in practice between different romancers, some of whom are traditionally Hellenocentric while others are more challenging. Ultimately, however, it is argued that it reflects a tension in all romance narrative, which characteristically balances centrifugal against centripetal dynamics. This book will interest classicists, historians of the novel and students of narrative theory"--
Ordering knowledge in the Roman Empire by Jason König( )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection considers the dialogue between technical literature and imperial society in the Roman Empire
Galen and the world of knowledge by Christopher Gill( )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume of new essays is based on a conference with the same title held at the University of Exeter in 2005. All those speaking on that occasion have written chapters in this volume, along with Riccardo Chiaradonna whose chapter has been specially prepared for the volume. The aim of this volume, like the conference on which it is based, is to contribute to the upsurge of new research on Galen by focusing on a topic that bridges the interests of specialists in ancient medical history and Classicists and philosophers more generally. The conference also represents the convergence of two current focuses of research in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Exeter, on ancient medicine especially Galen and on Hellenistic and Imperial Greek culture more generally"--Provided by publisher
The Cambridge companion to the Greek and Roman novel by Tim Whitmarsh( Book )

26 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Greek and Roman novels of Petronius, Apuleius, Longus, Heliodorus and others have been cherished for millennia, but never more so than now. The Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel contains nineteen original essays by an international cast of experts in the field. The emphasis is upon the critical interpretation of the texts within historical settings, both in antiquity and in the later generations that have been and continue to be inspired by them. All the central issues of current scholarship are addressed: sexuality, cultural identity, class, religion, politics, narrative, style, readership and much more. Four sections cover cultural context of the novels, their contents, literary form, and their reception in classical antiquity and beyond. Each chapter includes guidance on further reading. This collection will be essential for scholars and students, as well as for others who want an up-to-date, accessible introduction into this exhilarating material
Greek literature and the Roman empire : the politics of imitation by Tim Whitmarsh( Book )

24 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Greek Literature and the Roman Empire uses up-to-date literary and cultural theory to make a major and original contribution to the appreciation of Greek literature written under the Roman Empire during the second century C.E. (the so-called 'Second Sophistic'). The central preoccupations of this literature, particularly mimesis and paideia, constitute a crucial test-site for the exploration and dissemination of Greek identity during the period. Focusing upon a series of key texts by important authors (including Dio Chrysostom, Plutarch, Philostratus, Lucian, Favorinus, and the novelists), Whitmarsh argues that the recurrent narratives that stage Greekness as 'culture' and Romanness as 'power' are not innocent reflections of sociological realities, but self-interested and often playful 'performances' of cultural identity. Their authors' rich and complex engagement with the literary past articulates an ingenious and sophisticated response to their present socio-political circumstances. This book is written for those interested in the history of identity and imperialism as well as scholars of classical literature and society. All Greek and Latin is translated."--Résumé de l'éditeur
The second sophistic by Tim Whitmarsh( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this short, accessible account Tim Whitmarsh explores the various ways in which modern scholarship has approached one of the most extraordinary literary phenomena of antiquity: the dazzling oratorical culture of the early imperial period. [from publisher's advertisement]
Ancient Greek literature by Tim Whitmarsh( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and Slovenian and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book offers an innovative new introduction to ancient Greek literature. It integrates cutting-edge cultural theory with the latest research in classical scholarship, providing a comprehensive, sophisticated and accessible account of literature from Homer at late antiquity. Whitmarsh offers new readings of some of the best-known and most influential authors of Greek antiquity, including Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Aristophanes and Plato, as well as introducing many lesser-known figures. He shows that literature, distributed via a range of social institutions, such as festivals, theatres, symposia and book production, played an important role in the legitimization of ideologies of gender, class and cultural identity." "Ancient Greek Literature will be essential reading for all students of classics. All texts in the volume are translated, and no knowledge of ancient Greek literature is assumed."--Jacket
Leucippe and Clitophon by Achilles Tatius( Book )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Achilles Tatius' Leucippe and Clitophon (composed in the second century AD) is the most bizarre and risque of the five 'Greek novels' of idealized love between boy and girl that survive from the period of the Roman empire. Stretching the capacity of the genre to the limits, Achilles' narrative covers adultery, violence, evisceration, pederasty, virginity-testing, and, of course, an improbable happy ending. Ingenious and sophisticated in conception, Leucippe and Clitophon is, in execution, at once subtle, stylish, moving, brash, tasteless, and obscene. This new translation aims to capture the exuberant variety of the writing. Detailed notes explain obscurities to the non-specialist and address more complex problems for the benefit of the student and the scholar. An introduction sets Achilles Tatius in his historical and literary contexts."--Jacket
Dirty love : the genealogy of the ancient Greek novel by Tim Whitmarsh( )

11 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book argues that whereas much of Greek literature was committed to a form of cultural purism, presenting itself as part of a continuous tradition reaching back to founding fathers within the tradition, the novel revelled in cultural hybridity. The earliest Greek novelistic literature combined Greek and non-Greek traditions, and it also often self-consciously explored its own hybridity by focusing on stories of cultural hybridisation, or what we would now call "mixed-race" relations. This book makes a virtue ofthe murkiness, or "dirtiness", of the origins of the novel: there is no single point of creation, no pure tradition, only transgression, transformation and mess. The novel thus emerges as an outlier within the Greek literary corpus: a form of literature written in Greek, but not always committing toGreek cultural identity. It focuses particularly on the relationship between Persian, Egyptian, Jewish and Greek literature, and covers such texts as Ctesias' Persica, Joseph and Aseneth, the Alexander Romance and the tale of Ninus and Semiramis
Local knowledge and microidentities in the imperial Greek world( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume explores the proposition that the absorption of the Greek world into the Roman empire created a new emphasis upon local identities, much as globalisation in the modern world has done. Localism became the focal point for complex debates: in some cases it was complementary with imperial objectives, but in others tension can be discerned. The volume as a whole seeks to add texture and nuance to the existing literature on Greek identity, which has tended in recent years to emphasise the umbrella category of the Greek, to the detriment of specific polis and regional identities. It also contributes to the growing literature on the Romanisation of provinces, by emphasizing the dialogue between a region's self-identification as a distinct space and its self-awareness as a component of the centrally governed empire"--
Battling the gods : atheism in the ancient world by Tim Whitmarsh( )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Long before the European Enlightenment and the Darwinian revolution, which we often take to mark the birth of the modern revolt against religious explanations of the world, brave people doubted the power of the gods. Religion provoked skepticism in ancient Greece, and heretics argued that history must be understood as a result of human action rather than divine intervention. They devised theories of the cosmos based on matter, and notions of matter based on atoms. They developed mathematical tools that could be applied to the world around them, and tried to understand that world in material terms. Their skepticism left a rich legacy of literature, philosophy and science, and was defended by great writers like Epicurus, Lucretius, Cicero and Lucian. Tim Whitmarsh tells the story of the tension between orthodoxy and heresy with great panache, a story that ended--for the moment--with the imposition of Christianity on the Roman Empire in 313 CE
Leucippe and Clitophon by Achilles Tatius( Book )

4 editions published in 2020 in Greek, Ancient and English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Achilles Tatius' The Matters Concerning Leucippe and Clitophon - hereafter L&C - was arguably the single most significant literary text written in Greek in the second century ce (Section 2(a)). We know little, however, about its author. A notice in the Suda, the tenth-century Byzantine encyclopaedia, reads as follows: Achilles Statius (sic) of Alexandria, the author of the novel concerning Leucippe and Clitophon (and other erotic matters) in 8 books.1 He converted late in life to Christianity, and became a bishop. He also wrote On the Sphere and On Etymology, and a Miscellaneous History, which records many great and wondrous men. His style is everywhere similar to the erotic romance.2 (Suda a. 4695 = T v Vilborg.) How much of this can we trust? That Achilles was from Alexandria, asserted without controversy by the MS tradition and two other Byzantine sources,3 is credible. L&C incorporates an encomium of the city, placed at the significant position of the opening of the romance's second half (5.1), and other laudatory references to Alexandria, to Egyptian cows and to the Nile suggest a particular affection (2.15.3-4n., 2.31.6n., 4.12); he also seems to have a certain amount of local knowledge.4 If Achilles was based in Egypt, that might also explain why readers in Oxyrhynchus had 1 The position of [kai alla erotika] in the sentence indicates that the phrase refers to other erotic stories within L&C (i.e. not other erotic texts). 2 Vilborg 1962: 17 n. 10, by contrast, takes the last sentence to mean 'His style is everywhere similar to that of the (other) romance writers.' 3 Phot. Bibl. cod. 87 (T ii Vilborg); Eustathius ad Hom. Od. 14.350 (T vii Vilborg). 4 In particular, A. knows of the revolt of the so-called Boukoloi (Henrichs 1972: 48-50), and the recondite fact that their base was in Nicochis (4.12.8; cf. P.Thmouis 1.104.16, with Bremmer 1998: 167). Claims (e.g. Vilborg 1962: 8) that his descriptions of the hippopotamus (4.2) and crocodile (4.19) are based on eye-witness experience seem to me less secure."--
Oxford research encyclopedias( )

in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The digital Oxford Classical Dictionary began with all of the articles from the OCD 4th edition, but is regularly expanded with new articles and updated with revisions to previously published articles. Overview articles are now lengthier, more detailed, and cover broader topics. The digital form also adds intutive search and browse features and multimedia, including images, maps of the ancient world, links, and audiovisual clips enhance the textual content
The authoress of the Odyssey : where and when she wrote, who she was, the use she made of the Iliad, & how the poem grew under her hands by Samuel Butler( Book )

4 editions published between 1897 and 2007 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this heterodox but serious study of the Odyssey ... Butler argues that the epic was not only written more than two centuries later than the Iliad, but that the author was a woman, a young Sicilian lady of Trapani"--Back cover
Greek literature and the Roman Empire by Tim Whitmarsh( )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greek Literature and the Roman Empire uses up-to-date literary and cultural theory to make a major and original contribution to the appreciation of Greek literature written under the Roman Empire during the second century CE (the so-called 'Second Sophistic'). This literature should not be dismissed as unoriginal and mediocre. Rather, its central preoccupations, especially mimesis and paideia, provide significant insights into the definition of Greek identity during the period. Focusing upon a series of key texts by important authors (including Dio Chrysostom, Plutarch, Philostratus, Lucian, F
Leucippe and Clitophon by Anilles Tatius( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second Sophistic by Tim Whitmarsh( Book )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Cambridge companion to the Greek and Roman novel
Ordering knowledge in the Roman EmpireGalen and the world of knowledgeThe Cambridge companion to the Greek and Roman novelGreek literature and the Roman empire : the politics of imitationThe second sophisticAncient Greek literatureLeucippe and ClitophonLocal knowledge and microidentities in the imperial Greek world
Alternative Names
Tim Whitmarsh britischer Altphilologe

Tim Whitmarsh British classical scholar

Tim Whitmarsh classicista britannico

Whitmarsh, T. J. G.

Whitmarsh, T. J. G. 1970-

Whitmarsh, Tim J. G. 1970-

Whitmarsh, Timothy

Whitmarsh, Timothy John Guy 1970-

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