This quantity originated in a convention of an identical name, held in Oxford in September 2006, to have fun the seventieth birthday of Peter Parsons, Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford from 1989 to 2003. The members, who're former scholars, colleagues or collaborators with Peter Parsons, proportion a deep admiration for him and his paintings. Peter Parsons has, all through his profession, been engaged in examine on newly stumbled on papyrus texts, and such texts play a huge half during this volume's discussions. He has additionally always sought to take advantage of those texts to light up the literary and cultural historical past of antiquity. The essays during this quantity are certainly different, reflecting the vast pursuits of the honorand: they straddle prose and verse, literary and subliterary texts, addressing either theoretical matters and particular functional difficulties of interpretation which give a contribution to the problems confronted in giving shape and intending to the various and fragmentary proof of old literary historical past - to provide a few form of partial cohesion to 'culture in pieces'.
Broader issues thought of comprise the technique of enhancing fragments, the issues of making a choice on authorship (New Comedy being handled as a attempt case), the ambiguities of texts that may or will not be learn as ironic, and the advance of the Greek novel. between significant authors handled are Pindar, Euripides, Menander, Callimachus, and Ovid. the amount additionally contains an creation outlining Peter Parsons's occupation and achievements, and a bibliography of his publications.