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By John McGahern

Moran is an previous Republican whose existence is remodeled without end by way of his days of glory as a guerrilla chief within the struggle of Independence. Now, in previous age, dwelling out within the nation, Moran continues to be combating in a fight to come back to phrases with the earlier.

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44 43. Ibid. 44. For the so-called Ninus Romance, see Sandy (n. 40 above), pp. 803-8, with bibliography. On Joseph and Asenath, see Stephanie West, (Footnote continued on next page) Page 22 But there can be no denying that the explosion of fiction in the Roman empire represents something quite new. It is a part of the history of that time, in all probability not an insignificant part. Although it is hard to discover why it arose and what were the sources of its popularity and diffusion, it is not so difficult to see when it all began.

He was a man who shared the lunatic imagination of a Lucillius or a Petronius and combined it with the rich fantasy of the author of the work ascribed to Dictys of Crete. He told lies as easily as he breathed, he adored the paradoxical and the miraculous, and he saw Homer as an arch-rival. In the whole history of imperial fiction there is no personality who combines so fully the talents of deadpan mendacity, Homeric revisionism, and extravagant narration. The Quail is truly an embodiment of fiction, and yetfor good or ill he inhabited and undeniably reflected the real world.

Momigliano, "The Rhetoric of History and the History of Rhetoric: On Hayden White's Tropes," Comparative Criticism: A Year Book, vol. 3, ed. E. S. Shaffer (1981), pp. 259-68, reprinted in Settimo contributo alla storia degli studi classici e del mondo antico (1984), pp. 49-59. Page 13 past was a serious business for many of the ancients, and for us the enormous increase in fictional production of all kinds during the Roman empire poses major questions of historical interpretation. There was as much truth or falsehood in fiction as in history itself.

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