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Author Maria Gerolemou

Title Recognizing Miracles in Antiquity and Beyond
Published De Gruyter
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Contents Introduction: In search of the Miraculous / MariaGerolemou -- I. Miracles -- Ctesias' Indica and the Origins of Paradoxography / Andrew Nichols -- The Epidaurian Iamata: The first "Court of Miracles"? / Clarisse Prêtre -- Medicine and the paradox in the Hippocratic Corpus and Beyond / George Kazantzidis -- 'One might rightly wonder' -- marvelling in Polybios Histories / Lisa Irene Hau -- Omens and Miracles: Interpreting Miraculous Narratives in Roman Historiography / Sophia Papaioannou -- Miracles and Pseudo-Miracles in Byzantine Apocalypses / András Kraft -- II. Workings of Miracles -- Wonder-ful Memories in Herodotus' Histories / Maria Gerolemou -- Wonder(s) in Plautus / Chrysanthi Demetriou -- Telling Tales of Wonder: Mirabilia in the Letters of Pliny the Younger / Margot Neger -- Paradoxographic discourse on sources and fountains: deconstructing paradoxes / Charles Delattre -- Lucian's Alexander: technoprophecy, thaumatology and the poetics of wonder / Karen ní Mheallaigh -- III. Believing in Miracles -- Perceiving Thauma in Archaic Greek Epic / Christine Hunzinger -- Turning Science into Miracle in the Voyage of Alexander the Great / Irene Pajón Leyra -- 'Many are the wonders in Greece': Pausanias the wandering philosopher / Lydia Langerwerf -- Miracles in Greek Biography / Antonis Tsakmakis -- Apuleius on Raising the Dead Crossing the Boundaries of Life and Death while Convincing the Audience / Regine May -- Recognizing Miracles in ancient Greek Novels / Donald Lateiner -- List of Contributors -- Index Nominum et Rerum
Summary In recent years, scholars have extensively explored the function of the miraculous and wondrous in ancient narratives, mostly pondering on how ancient authors view wondrous accounts, i.e. the treatment of the descriptions of wondrous occurrences as true events or their use. More precisely, these narratives investigate whether the wondrous pursues a display of erudition or merely provides stylistic variety; sometimes, such narratives even represent the wish of the author to grant a ?rational explanation? to extraordinary actions. At present, however, two aspects of the topic have not been fully examined: a) the ability of the wondrous/miraculous to set cognitive mechanisms in motion and b) the power of the wondrous/miraculous to contribute to the construction of an authorial identity (that of kings, gods, or narrators). To this extent, the volume approaches miracles and wonders as counter intuitive phenomena, beyond cognitive grasp, which challenge the authenticity of human experience and knowledge and push forward the frontiers of intellectual and aesthetic experience. Some of the articles of the volume examine miracles on the basis of bewilderment that could lead to new factual knowledge; the supernatural is here registered as something natural (although strange); the rest of the articles treat miracles as an endpoint, where human knowledge stops and the unknown divine begins (here the supernatural is confirmed). Thence, questions like whether the experience of a miracle or wonder as a counter intuitive phenomenon could be part of long-term memory, i.e. if miracles could be transformed into solid knowledge and what mental functions are encompassed in this process, are central in the discussion
Subject Classical literature -- Themes, motives -- Congresses
Miracles in literature -- Congresses
Supernatural in literature -- Congresses
Classical literature -- Themes, motives.
Miracles in literature.
Supernatural in literature.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3110530465
9783110563559 (online)