Anthology of Ancient Greek Popular Literature

Edited by William Hansen

Published by: Indiana University Press

384 Pages, 6.12 x 9.25 in, 6 figures

  • Paperback
  • 9780253211576
  • Published: April 1998


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"Hansen has assembled an anthology like no other, which will fascinate students of late antiquity, folklorists, and curiosity-seekers, and will offer new possibilities to teachers of ancient-culture surveys." —Classical World

" . . . lively, entertaining, and unique anthology . . . This anthology is appropriate not only for graduate and undergraduate students in classics but for anyone interested in the transmission of folklore." —Journal of American Folklore

" . . . higly readable English translations of a wide variety of Greek texts . . . a solid introduction to the general question of 'popular literature' in the ancient world." —Bryn Mawr Classical Review

" . . . what one hopes for in an anthology . . . this volume can be used as a textbook yet is of benefit for the scholar, has clear, well-written, and well-formed introductions that avoid eccentricity while noting different viewpoints, and provides a representative selection of mostly complete works." —The Petronian Society Newsletter

Readers in ancient Greece didn't curl up with only the weighty tomes of Homer, Plato, and Sophocles—they also enjoyed light entertainment such as novels, short stories, fantasies, jokes, and fortune-telling handbooks. In fact, some of this literature was so successful that it remained in circulation into the Middle Ages. Most of these selections are little known except to scholars, but all will prove an unexpected delight to readers everywhere.