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Lies and Fiction in the Ancient World$
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Christopher Gill and T.P. Wiseman

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780859893817

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859893817.001.0001

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Epilogue: Towards an Account of the Ancient World's Concepts of Fictive Belief

Epilogue: Towards an Account of the Ancient World's Concepts of Fictive Belief

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(p.230) Epilogue: Towards an Account of the Ancient World's Concepts of Fictive Belief
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Lies and Fiction in the Ancient World
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D.C. Feeney

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859893817.003.0007

This chapter uses an analysis of fictive belief in modern literature, by R. Newson, to interpret ancient thinking on this subject. Newson stresses the idea of duality, or ‘having it both ways’; that is, we believe in the fictional world even as we also believe in the (real) world in which the reading or make-believe take place. The boundaries and interplay between these two types of belief and the worlds involved is complex and porous both in antiquity and the modern world.

Keywords:   Fiction, Belief, Duality, Reader

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