Characterization in Ancient Greek Literature

Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative, vol. 4


Characterization in Ancient Greek Literature is the fourth volume in the series Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative. The book deals with the narratological concepts of character and characterization and explores the textual devices used for purposes of characterization by ancient Greek authors spanning a large historical period (from Homer to Heliodorus) and a variety of literary genres (epic, elegy, historiography, choral lyric, drama, oratory, philosophy, biography, and novel). The book’s aim is not only to describe these devices, but also to investigate their effects and the implications of their use for our interpretation of the texts.
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Biographical Note

Koen De Temmerman, Ph.D. (2006) in Classics, Ghent University, is Professor of Ancient Literatures and European Literary History at that university. He has published extensively on (characterization in) ancient fiction, and is the author of Crafting Characters: Heroes and Heroines in the Ancient Greek Novel (OUP, 2014) and the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Biography (OUP, forthcoming).

Evert van Emde Boas completed his DPhil at the University of Oxford (Corpus Christi College, 2011), before going on to hold various teaching and research positions at the University of Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam, the University of Groningen, and Leiden University. He currently serves as Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Calleva Research Centre at Magdalen College, Oxford. His research focuses primarily on the application of modern linguistic and cognitive approaches to ancient Greek literature. He is the author of Language and Character in Euripides’ Electra (OUP, 2017) and the lead author of the Cambridge Grammar of Classical Greek (CUP, forthcoming 2017).

Contributors are: Mathieu de Bakker, Angus Bowie, Peter Brown, Bruno Currie, Kristoffel Demoen, Koen De Temmerman, Evert van Emde Boas, Annette Harder, Jan-Willem van Henten, Owen Hodkinson, Luuk Huitink, Irene de Jong, Dimitri Kasprzyk, Jacqueline Klooster, Hugo Koning, Michael Lloyd, John Morgan, Kathryn Morgan, Judith Mossman, Luke Pitcher, Maria Pretzler, Tim Rood, and Nancy Worman.

Review Quotes

"a fine example of how narratological work on characterization can enrich and add texture to our interpretation and appreciation of ancient Greek narrative.” Tyler Smith, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2018.08.22


Anyone working on ancient Greek (narrative) literature, and anyone interested in issues of character and characterization in both ancient and modern literature.