By Jason König, Tim Whitmarsh
This quantity seeks to discover the ways that specific conceptions of information and specific methods of textualising wisdom have been entwined with social and political practices and beliefs in the Roman Imperial interval. within the procedure, we discover the prospect that the Roman Empire introduced with it specific kinds of wisdom, and, particularly, particular methods of ordering wisdom in textual form.The chapters following this one comprise a chain of case reports, exam-ining the politics and poetics of knowledge-ordering inside quite a lot of texts, checking out out each one of them conscientiously for symptoms in their engagement with different works of comparable variety, and with the area round them. Our important curiosity is in texts that keep on with a commonly 'compilatory' aesthetic, gathering details in frequently huge, immense hulk, in ways in which may well glance unwieldy or simply useful to trendy eyes, yet which within the old global essentially had a miles larger status than smooth feedback has allowed them. the superiority of this mode of composition within the Roman global is incredible, as becomes transparent during this dialogue. it really is occasionally not easy to prevent the effect that accumulation of data is the motive force for all of Imperial prose literature. That obsession additionally makes its mark on verse, for instance in the scrolls of didactic epic or within the anthologisation of epigrams. during this quantity, we variety throughout miscellanistic, encyclopedic, biographical, novelistic, philosophical, medical, technical, didactic and ancient works (insofar as those primary differences could be maintained), in Greek and Latin.