Jennifer K. Berenson Maclean is Associate Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Roanoke College. Ellen Bradshaw Aitken is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Harvard Divinity School. Together they have also translated Flavius Philostratus: On Heroes and edited Philostratus’s Heroikos: Religion and Cultural Identity in the Third Century C.E..
“The Heroikos of Philostratus opens an intriguing window onto the religious and literary culture of early-third-century Rome. As exemplified in the lively yet erudite prose style of this dialogue, the learned classicism of the period venerated ancient traditions but subjected them to critical scrutiny. Aitken and Maclean have made this significant text accessible with an eminently readable translation. Their introduction and notes situate Philostratus and his work within the literary context and cultural politics of his time and thus usefully illuminate the significance of his engagement with ‘heroes’ of old. The volume will be a welcome tool for students of Greco-Roman literature, religion, and culture.” —Harold W. Attridge, Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament, Yale Divinity School
“A minor work by Philostratus? Nonsense! If you are at all interested in Homer, in heroes, in the Second Sophistic, in the Severan dynasty, in the Trojan War, in the creation of canons, or in battles over memory—to name just a handful of relevant topics—then you must read the Heroikos. This publication not only makes the work newly accessible but illuminates its text and translation with provocative introductory essays and a helpful commentary. Aitken and Maclean have done us a tremendous—and timely—service.” —Susan E. Alcock, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan
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