Your ISU Historians: Gone Ancient Greek Girl

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Topic: Gone Ancient Greek Girl

Speaker: David Hollander


Along with more famous works of literature like Homer’s Iliad and Plato’s Republic, several Greek novels survive from antiquity. Once dismissed as a kind of early pulp fiction, these novels are actually rather sophisticated and indeed quite remarkable. Their plots often resemble that of The Princess Bride in that pirates, kidnapping, and true love tend to feature prominently. Works such as Achilles Tatius’ Leucippe and Clitophon and Heliodorus’ Aithiopika also provide historians with valuable insight into the lives of women and slaves in the Roman Empire.

David Hollander is a Professor of History at Iowa State University. His main interest is the economic history of late Republican and early Imperial Rome. He is the author of Money in the Late Roman Republic (2007) and Farmers and Agriculture in the Roman Economy (2018). He edited A Companion to Ancient Agriculture (2021 with Tim Howe) and currently serves as one of the general editors of the Encyclopedia of Ancient History.


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