IPGRH Brown Bag: Zach Andreadakis


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  • Speaker: Zach Andreadakis
  • Host Department: Interdepartmental Program in Greek and Roman History
  • Date: 02/20/2014
  • Time: 12:00 PM

  • Location: 1014 Tisch Hall

  • Description:

    Title:  Transparency with Surprise: A Study of Dictys' Ephemeris Belli Troiani.

    Abstract: Syme in his study of Ammianus in 1968 praises Dictys' rewriting of the Trojan War as a work of high literary merit. In this paper, I try to redeem the reputation of this rather neglected and obscure writer by reconsidering the originality of his narrative devices, as they are defined by Aristotle's Poetics. Thus, I hope to stimulate a discussion regarding the standards of successful writing in the Later Roman Empire, as well as in the Early Byzantine Period.