Alexander the False Prophet is the only literary testimony to a highly influential cult of the 'New Asclepios Glycon' which, as archaeological evidence continues to document, spread all over the eastern Mediterranean basin throughout the second and third centuries AD.
This book offers an analysis of the complete manuscript tradition, a newly constituted text and a German translation. The extensive introduction deals with (1) the archaeological evidence, (2) the question of Lucian's historical reliability, (3) the reasons for Lucian's opposition to the oracle of Abonuteichos, (4) the institutions and the teaching of the cult at Abonuteichos. Furthermore, there is a commentary on all philological and historical questions and on those issues relevant to the history of religions.
Alexander is not one of his satirical bravuras, but a strikingly successful attempt at writing a work of contemporary history - a practical example of what the author himself has theoretically discussed in his work,
How to Write History.
Ulrich Victor, Dr.Phil. (1983) in Classical Philology, Free University of Berlin, is
Lektor in Greek and Latin at the Humboldt University, Berlin. He has a number of previous publications in the field of the tradition history of Greek literary.
Ulrich Victor, Dr. phil. (1983) in Klassischer Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin, ist Lektor des Griechischen und Lateinischen and der Humboldt-Univerisität Berlin. Er veröffentlichte Arbeiten über die Überlieferungsgeschichte der griechischen Literatur.
Classical Philologists, theologians and scholars of religious studies, as well as historians and archaeologists.