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In Praise of Asclepius

Aelius Aristides, Selected Prose Hymns
Introduction, Text, Translation and Interpretative Essays by Christian Brockmann, Milena Melfi, Heinz-Günther Nesselrath, Robert Parker, Donald A. Russell, Florian Steger, Michael Trapp. Ed.by Donald A. Russell, Michael Trapp, and Heinz-Günther Nesselra

[Ein Loblied auf Asklepios. Aelius Aristides, Ausgewählte Prosahymnen.]

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In the second century AD Aelius Aristides wrote eight prose hymns to Greek gods. This volume presents a new edition of the Greek text of four of these hymns (focusing on Asclepius), a new English translation with notes, and a number of essays shedding additional light on these texts from various perspectives.
In the middle decades of the second century AD the acclaimed orator Aelius Aristides wrote a number of prose hymns to traditional Greek gods and thereby demonstrated that the cults of these gods had not yet become obsolete and were more than just a topic of backward-looking paideia. This volume presents four of these texts, specifically those that focus on the god of healing, Asclepius, together with a new edition of the Greek text, a new English translation with commentary, and a number of essays shedding additional light on these texts from various perspectives. All in all, the volume wants to show how in these texts of Aristides the author's rhetorical skills, his outlook on the world and his personal religiosity come together to form a remarkable whole.
Authors/Editors

Donald A. Russell Born 1920; professor of classical literature at the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford; emeritus fellow and former tutor in classics at St John's College, Oxford.

Michael Trapp Geboren 1957; Promotion in Oxford; seit 1984 an der University of London, zuerst am Birkbeck College, seit 1989 Professor of Greek Literature & Thought am King's College.

Heinz-Günther Nesselrath Geboren 1957; 1976–81 Studium der Klassischen Philologie und der Alten Geschichte an der Universität zu Köln; 1981 Promotion; 1987 Habilitation; seit 2001 Universitätsprofessor (C 4) für Klassische Philologie an der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

Christian Brockmann No current data available.

Milena Melfi No current data available.

Robert Parker is Wykeham Professor of Ancient History and Fellow of New College at the University of Oxford.

Florian Steger No current data available.

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