Brill’ s Companion to the Reception of Homer from the Hellenistic Age to Late Antiquity


Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Homer from the Hellenistic Age to Late Antiquity presents a comprehensive account of the afterlife of the Homeric corpus. Twenty chapters written by a range of experts in the field show how Homeric poems were transmitted, disseminated, adopted, analysed, admired or even criticized across diverse intellectual environments, from the late 4th century BCE to the 5th century CE. The volume explores the impact of Homer on Hellenistic prose and poetry, the Second Sophistic, the Stoics, some Christian writers and the major Neoplatonists, showing how the Greek paideia continued to flourish in new contexts.

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Christina – Panagiota Manolea, Ph.D. (2002), University College London, is Lecturer at the Hellenic Army Academy. She has published articles on the reception of ancient Greek literary tradition (especially Homer) and has co-edited Studies in Hermias’ commentary on Platos’ Phaedrus (Brill, 2020).

Contributors are: Gianfranco Agosti, John Dillon, Mark Edwards, Christos Fakas, Jeffrey Fish, Luis Arturo Guichard, Malcolm Heath, Ronald E. Heine, Lawrence Kim, Robert Lamberton, Jane L. Lightfoot, Enrico Magnelli, Diotima Papadi, Robert J. Penella, Aglae Pizzone, Ilaria Ramelli, Anne Sheppard, Georgios Tsomis, Cornelia van der Poll, Sarah Klitenic Wear
"Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Homer from the Hellenistic Age to Late Antiquity lives up to its aims, and will prove a useful resource for students and scholars of Homeric reception wishing for pleasant company on their way." Ronald Blankenborg, BMCR 2022.10.10.
Notes on Contributors

Christina-Panagiota Manolea

PART 1: Literary Reception

1 Homer and Hellenistic Poetry (Other Than Epigram)
Jane L. Lightfoot

2 Brevis Homerus: Homer in the Greek Epigram of the 1st to 4th Centuries
Luis Arturo Guichard

3 Reworking a Homeric Model of Heroism. Transformations of the Figure of Odysseus in the Novel of Chariton
Christos Fakas

4 Quintus Smyrnaeus “As a Great Emulator and Zealous Admirer of Homer”
Georgios Tsomis

5 Homeric Nonnus
Gianfranco Agosti and Enrico Magnelli

PART 2: Rhetoric

6 Homer in the Theory and Teaching of Rhetoric
Malcolm Heath

7 Homer in the Second Sophistic
Lawrence Kim

8 The Quest for Meaning: Homeric Quotations in Synesius of Cyrene and Libanius
Aglae Pizzone

9 Homer in Themistius
Robert J. Penella

PART 3: Philosophy – Theology

10 Stoic Homeric Allegoresis
Ilaria L.E. Ramelli

11 An Epicurean Evaluates the Practical Wisdom of Homer: Philodemus, On the Good King
Jeff Fish

12 Philo’s Use of Homer
John Dillon

13 The Educational Role of Poetry: Plutarch Reading Homer
Diotima Papadi

14 Clement of Alexandria’s Reception of Homer
Cornelia van der Poll

15 Origen and Celsus on the Allegorical Reading of Homer and Moses
Ronald E. Heine

16 Homer and Eusebius of Caesarea
Mark Edwards

17 “As Leaves Are a Protection to a Tree, So Is Pagan Literature to Christian Truth”: Basil and Gregory Nazianzen on the Importance of Reading Homer
Sarah Klitenic Wear

18 Numenius, Cronius, and Porphyry on Homer
Robert Lamberton

19 Allegory, Metaphysics, Theology: Homeric Reception in Athenian Neoplatonism
Anne Sheppard

Classicists of all levels (from undergraduate students to experienced scholars) as well as a wider reading public, as the volume essays are written in a purely academic, yet approachable way.
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