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Bryson Sewell

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I am a philologist of post-classical Greek (Late Antique into Early Byzantine periods) with broad interests in the post-classical Greek language and literatures. In particular I am interested in how post-classical authors both used and self-reflexively thought about their use of Greek to create or participate in certain cultural/intellectual identities, e.g. the appropriation or rejection of classical Greek literary aesthetics and vocabulary to establish either a continuity in or a rejection of a literary-cultural tradition. I am also interested in studying the use and development of Greek prose style and the idea of various linguistic registers of Greek in the post-classical world. On a more conceptual level, I want to reformulate *how* we think about the categories of "post-classical Greek literature" and how our categorization affects our engagement with these texts and the people who wrote them: is the label "post-classical" pejorative? Can we think critically and meaningfully about these texts on their own terms, or must we always read them with one (or two?) eyes ruefully looking back to "the good old days?"