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By Jo-Ann A. Brant

The essays during this quantity research the connection among historical fiction within the Greco-Roman international and early Jewish and Christian narratives. they give thought to how these narratives imitated or exploited conventions of fiction to provide varieties of literature that expressed new rules or formed group id in the transferring social and political climates in their personal societies. significant authors and texts surveyed contain Chariton, Shakespeare, Homer, Vergil, Plato, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Daniel, three Maccabees, the testomony of Abraham, rabbinic midrash, the Apocryphal Acts, Ezekiel the Tragedian, and the Sophist Aelian. This assorted assortment finds and examines commonplace matters and syntheses within the making: the pervasive use and subversive strength of imitation, the excellence among fiction and background, and using heritage within the expression of id.

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