Miriam Leonard

in The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199286140
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History


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Collections of scholarly articles on aspects of the ancient world often end with a token article on the later ‘reception’ of the topic under discussion. This article also ends with a paper on reception, but for a different reason. It focuses on the theory of reception, and various examples of its practice within Hellenic studies. The article also notes that together with the preceding articles, ‘reception studies’ cannot be separated out as a methodology distinct from anything else conducted under the heading of Hellenic studies. Properly understood, it is what Hellenic studies is – to the extent that the emphasis is on us rather than the Greeks we study.

Keywords: ancient world; Greek literature; reception studies; reception theory; Hellenic studies

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Reception

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