By Jo-Ann A. Brant

The essays during this quantity learn the connection among historic fiction within the Greco-Roman global and early Jewish and Christian narratives. they give thought to how these narratives imitated or exploited conventions of fiction to provide kinds of literature that expressed new rules or formed group id in the transferring social and political climates in their personal societies. significant authors and texts surveyed contain Chariton, Shakespeare, Homer, Vergil, Plato, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Daniel, three Maccabees, the testomony of Abraham, rabbinic midrash, the Apocryphal Acts, Ezekiel the Tragedian, and the Sophist Aelian. This diversified assortment finds and examines typical matters and syntheses within the making: the pervasive use and subversive strength of imitation, the excellence among fiction and heritage, and using background within the expression of identity.

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