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This front matter section of the book Brill's Companion To Greek And Latin Pastoral presents the table of contents, editor's introduction, note on contributors, and a list of abbreviations. The definition of "pastoral" is a highly controversial issue in modern discussions which touch on the question of the generic identity of pastoral (often in contradistinction to bucolic), or endeavour to conceptualize it within a more sustainedly theoretical context. This complex issue, while not addressed in its purest theoretical form, nevertheless informs many of the essays in the book. Thus, while the scope of the collection as defined by the editors under the title "Greek and Latin Pastoral" precludes following some of the later paths taken by genre theorists, students and critics of pastoral in modern literature will find here much that will be methodologically as well as historically relevant to their concerns and purposes.

Keywords: genre theorists; Greek; Latin pastoral



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