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Greek and Roman biography embraces even more than Plutarch, Suetonius and their misplaced Hellenistic antecedents. during this booklet Professor Hägg explores the complete diversity and variety of historic biography, from its Socratic beginnings to the Christian acquisition of the shape in past due antiquity. He exhibits how artistic writers built the lives of renowned heroes like Homer, Aesop and Alexander and the way the Christian gospels grew from naked sayings to complete lives.
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