Wandering Poets and Other Essays on Late Greek Literature and Philosophy

ISBN : 9780190268947

Alan Cameron
376 ページ
163 x 238 mm

This book presents a radically revised version of some of the most important and innovative articles published by Alan Cameron in the field of late antique Greek poetry and philosophy. Much new material has been added to the account of the " from early Byzantine Egypt, and earlier judgment on their paganism is nuanced. The story of Cyrus of Panopolis and the empress Eudocia takes into count important recent work on the poetry of Eudocia. Several chapters discuss the date and identity of the influential poet Nonnus. The longest chapter reviews the celebrated story of the so-called closing of the Academy of Athens and the trip of its seven remaining philosophers to the court of the Persian king Chosroes, rejecting the fashionable current idea that they set up a new school at Harran on the Persian border. An entirely new chapter discusses a recently published papyrus containing poems of the Alexandrian epigrammatist Palladas, rejecting the editor's claim that Palladas wrote almost a century earlier than hitherto believed. A concluding chapter discusses recent claims about same-sex marriage in the Roman world.


1. Wandering Poets: A Literary Movement in Byzantine Egypt
2. The Empress and the Poet
3. The Poet, the Bishop and the Harlot
4. Palladas: New Poems, New Date?
5. Claudian
6. Claudian Revisited
7. Poets and Pagans in Byzantine Egypt
8. Poetry and Literary Culture in Late Antiquity
9. Hypatia: Life, Death and Works
10. The Last Days of the Academy at Athens
11. Oracles and Earthquakes
12. Accusations of Paganism in Sixth-Century Byzantium


Alan Cameron taught classics at Columbia University for more than 30 years. Educated at Oxford University, he is a Fellow of the British Academy, of the American Philosophical Society, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most recent book was The Last Pagans of Rome (2011). In 2013 he was awarded the Kenyon Medal for Classical Studies.