Knowing is the origin and source of writing well.

Scribendi recte sapere est et principium et fons.

Horace, Epistles 2.3.309

HPRT 2. BYZANTIVM: Late Greek and Byzantine literature

This group investigates the reception of classical Greek literature in the “long late antiquity” (150-750 CE) and further into the Byzantine era. Members carry out research in a variety of genres including epic poetry (both mythological and biblical), rhetoric (especially panegyric and declamation), philosophy (especially Neoplatonic authors), historiography, and the novel. Some members have recently worked together on a project funded by FCT, which explored the afterlife of the Homeric Achilles in an extensive corpus of largely understudied texts dating from the 2nd to the 6th centuries CE. Members are also interested in the religious life of late antiquity, in particular the diverse phenomena (both social and literary) associated with the Christianisation of the Roman Empire.

TOPICS: Late Greek epic; rhetoric in late antiquity and Byzantium; Neoplatonism and literature; early Christian literature; Byzantine novel; Reception of Homer in late antiquity and Byzantium; religious life in late antiquity.

Team Members