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Lies and Fiction in the Ancient World

Christopher Gill and T.P. Wiseman


This volume of specially written essays explores the understanding of the boundaries between fact and fiction, truth and falsehood in ancient Greek and Roman culture, and the relationship between ancient and modern thinking on this topic. Essays consider the extent to which the concept of fiction was explicitly defined in ancient critical, rhetorical and philosophical writing or was implicitly recognised even if was not explicitly theorised. A wide range of genres of ancient writing are discussed, ranging from Homeric epic, Hesiod, and archaic Greek poetry to Greek and Roman historiography, ph ... More

Keywords: Ethics, Fiction, Historiography, Lies, Novel, Philosophy, Rhetoric, Truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780859893817
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859893817.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Gill, editor

T.P. Wiseman, editor