In this volume a distinguished international group of ancient historians explores the classical antiquity that Glen W. Bowersock has given us over a scholarly career of almost fifty years at Harvard and the Institute for Advanced Study, described by Aldo Schiavone in his introduction as "a world of plurality and of the multifarious, of the ethnic and cultural melting pot, the world of Romanized Greekness and Hellenized Romaness, of open, shifting identities, of travels, curiosities and exchanges, of East permeating West and the West understanding the East, of seas that unite much more than they divide, of malleability, pliability, and constant integration."
Ethnography and Universal History in Agatharchides
Metis in Rome: A Greek Dream of Sulla
Miriam T. Griffin
Iure plectimur: The Roman Critique of Roman Imperialism
The Survival of the Sophists
Robert J. Penella
Himerius' Orations to his Students
Alms and the Afterlife: A Manichaean View of an Early Christian Practice
The Greek orator Dio Chrysostom is a colorful figure, and along with Plutarch one of the major sources of information about Greek civilization during the early Roman Empire. Christopher P. Jones offers here the first full-length portrait of Dio in English and, at the same time, a view of life in cities such as Alexandria, Tarsus, and Rhodes in the first centuries of our era.
Skillfully combining literary and historical evidence, Mr. Jones describes Dio’s birthplace, education, and early career. He examines the civic speeches for what they reveal about Dio’s life and art, as well as the life, thought, and language of Greek cities in this period. From these and other works he reinterprets Dio’s attitude toward the emperors and Rome. The account is as lucid and pleasantly written as it is carefully documented.