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The Discourse Of Displacement In Greco-Roman Antiquity

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Exile has been the most productive literary topics in twentieth century literature. The increased reflection on exile in the twentieth century has not only influenced research in social sciences and modern languages, but has also left its mark on the classics, where interest in the exiles of antiquity has grown continuously over the past fifty years. This scholarly interest has been largely confined to the three most prominent ancient writers who went into exile, the 'exulum trias' Cicero, Ovid, and Seneca the Younger; moreover, modern concepts of exile literature have been applied to classical literature without the necessary caution. This chapter highlights some of the problems involved in recent approaches to exile in Greek and Latin literature. Then, it briefly explains the aim, concept, and structure of the present volume. Finally, the chapter gives an outline of the development of ancient discourse on exile.

Keywords: Cicero; exiles of antiquity; Greek literature; Latin literature; Ovid; Seneca



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