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Cameron, Alan 1938-2017

Works: 56 works in 310 publications in 6 languages and 8,282 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Exhibition catalogs  Poetry  Periodicals  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Other, Contributor, Editor
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Most widely held works by Alan Cameron
Greek mythography in the Roman world by Alan Cameron( )

24 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By the Roman age the traditional stories of Greek myth had long since ceased to reflect popular culture. Mythology had become instead a central element in elite culture. If one did not know the stories, one would not understand most of the allusions in the poets and orators, classics and contemporaries alike; nor would one be able to identify the scenes represented on the mosaic floors and wall paintings, or on the silverware at well-appointed homes." "A surprisingly large number of mythographic treatises survive from the early empire, and many papyrus fragments from lost works prove that they were in common use. In addition, author Alan Cameron identifies a hitherto unrecognized type of aid to the reading of Greek and Latin classical and classicizing texts - what might be called mythographic companions to learned poets such as Aratus, Callimachus, Vergil, and Ovid, complete with source references. Much of this book is devoted to an analysis of the importance evidently attached to citing classical sources for mythical stories, the clearest proof that they were now a part of learned culture."--Jacket
Barbarians and politics at the Court of Arcadius by Alan Cameron( )

22 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and Italian and held by 1,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 394/95, during the last four months of his life, the emperor Theodosius I ruled as sole Augustus over a united Roman empire that had been divided between at least two emperors for most of the preceding one hundred years. Not only did the death of Theodosius set off a struggle between Roman officeholders of the two empires, but it also set off renewed efforts by the barbarian Goths to sieze both territory and office. Theodosius had encouraged high-ranking Goths to enter Roman military service thus well placed, their efforts would lead to Alaric's sack of Rome in 410. Though Cameron's interest is in the particularities of events, the book conveys a wonderful sense of the general time and place. Cameron's rebuttal of modern scholarship, which pervades the narrative, enhances the reader's engagement with the complexities of interpretation. The result is a sophisticated recounting of a period of crucial change in the Roman Empire's relationship to the non-Roman world
Circus factions : Blues and Greens at Rome and Byzantium by Alan Cameron( Book )

31 editions published between 1976 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last pagans of Rome by Alan Cameron( Book )

28 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rufinus' vivid account of the battle between the Eastern Emperor Theodosius and the Western usurper Eugenius by the River Frigidus in 394 represents it as the final confrontation between paganism and Christianity. It is indeed widely believed that a largely pagan aristocracy remained a powerful and active force well into the fifth century, sponsoring pagan literary circles, patronage of the classics, and propaganda for the old cults in art and literature. The main focus of much modern scholarship on the end of paganism in the West has been on its supposed stubborn resistance to Christianity. The dismantling of this romantic myth is one of the main goals of Alan Cameron's book. Actually, the book argues, Western paganism petered out much earlier and more rapidly than hitherto assumed. The subject of this book is not the conversion of the last pagans but rather the duration, nature, and consequences of their survival. By re-examining the abundant textual evidence, both Christian (Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome, Paulinus, Prudentius) and "pagan" (Claudian, Macrobius, and Ammianus Marcellinus), as well as the visual evidence (ivory diptychs, illuminated manuscripts, silverware), Cameron shows that most of the activities and artifacts previously identified as hallmarks of a pagan revival were in fact just as important to the life of cultivated Christians. Far from being a subversive activity designed to rally pagans, the acceptance of classical literature, learning, and art by most elite Christiansmay actually have helped the last reluctant pagans to finally abandon the old cults and adopt Christianity. The culmination of decades of research, The Last Pagans of Rome will overturn many long-held assumptions about pagan and Christian culture in the late antique West
Callimachus and his critics by Alan Cameron( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2017 in English and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Another axiom of modern scholarship is that the object of Callimachus's literary polemic was epic. Yet Cameron shows that the thriving school of epic poets celebrating the wars of Hellenistic kings that has so dominated modern study simply never existed. Elegy was the fashionable genre of the age, and the bone of contention between Callimachus and his rivals (all fellow elegists) was the nature of elegiac narrative. A final chapter sketches some of the implications of this revised view of Callimachus and his world for the interpretation of Roman, especially Augustan, poetry
Porphyrius : the charioteer by Alan Cameron( Book )

12 editions published between 1973 and 1999 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claudian : poetry and propaganda at the court of Honorius by Alan Cameron( Book )

18 editions published between 1970 and 2002 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Greek anthology from Meleager to Planudes by Alan Cameron( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christianisme et formes littéraires de l'Antiquité tardive en Occident : huit exposés suivis de discussions by Manfred Fuhrmann( Book )

36 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in 3 languages and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wandering poets and other essays on late Greek literature and philosophy by Alan Cameron( Book )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents a substantially revised version of some of the most important and innovative articles published by Alan Cameron in the field of late antique Greek poetry and philosophy. Much new material has been added to the account of the "Wandering Poets" from early Byzantine Egypt, and earlier judgment on their paganism is nuanced. The story of Cyrus of Panopolis and the empress Eudocia takes into account important recent work on the poetry of Eudocia. Several chapters discuss the date and identity of the influential poet Nonnus. The longest chapter reviews the celebrated story of the so-called closing of the Academy of Athens and the trip of its seven remaining philosophers to the court of the Persian king Chosroes, rejecting the fashionable current idea that they set up a new school at Harran on the Persian border. An entirely new chapter discusses a recently published papyrus containing poems of the Alexandrian epigrammatist Palladas, rejecting the editor's claim that Palladas wrote almost a century earlier than hitherto believed. A concluding chapter, never before published, reinvestigates the evidence for paganism in sixth-century Byzantium. Boldly and persuasively argued, and drawing on a profound knowledge of the period, the volume as a whole deepens our knowledge of the rich intellectual traditions of the late antique Hellenic world. --
Literature and society in the early Byzantine world by Alan Cameron( Book )

8 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scenes from sea and city : Lloyd's list 1734-1984 by Alan Cameron( Book )

8 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A life in literature : catalogue of the centenary exhibition held in the University of Nottingham, 7 September-13 October, 1985 by D. H Lawrence( Book )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Claudian : poetry and propagande at the court of Honorius by Alan Cameron( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bread and circuses : the Roman emperor and his people : inaugural lecture in Latin language and literature at King's College London, May 21st, 1973 by Alan Cameron( Book )

8 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies in late Roman literature and history by Alan Cameron( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Monuments from Dorylaeum and Nacolea by C. W. M Cox( Book )

8 editions published in 1937 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pervigilium Veneris( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Constantinople in the early eighth century : the Parastaseis syntomoi chronikai : introduction, translation, and commentary( Book )

3 editions published in 1984 in 3 languages and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consuls of the later Roman Empire( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Greek mythography in the Roman world
Barbarians and politics at the Court of ArcadiusThe last pagans of RomeCallimachus and his criticsClaudian : poetry and propaganda at the court of HonoriusThe Greek anthology from Meleager to PlanudesClaudian : poetry and propagande at the court of Honorius
Alternative Names
Alan Cameron britischer klassischer Philologe

Alan Cameron British classical scholar

Alan Cameron Brits historicus

Alan Cameron historien et philologue classique

Cameron, Alan, 1938-

Cameron , Alan Douglas Edward

Cameron, Alan Douglas Edward 1938-

Cameron, Alan Douglas Edward 1938-2017