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Quotation Of Earlier Texts In Τα Εσ Τον Τυανεα Απολλωνιον

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This chapter explores the contribution made to the overall effect of Philostratus' VA by its citation of and allusion to earlier literary texts - which for a Greek writer of the 230s CE of course means earlier Greek literary texts. Its aim is to help us understand better how Philostratus wanted to position his generically ambiguous Ta e^ tov Tuavea Ano^roviov, and how he tried to construct (or reconstruct) its hero Apollonius. It draws attention to the distribution of quotations in the eight-book work, and comments on the range of authors who are cited. The discussion of tyranny and of opposition to tyrants at the beginning of Book VII seems to evoke the discussion of political systems that opens the Cyropaedia of Xenophon, like the VA, an eight-book work offering the exemplary life of a charismatic figure from East of the Halys.

Keywords: Cyropaedia of Xenophon; Greek literary texts; lotus-eaters; Philostratus' VA



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