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Tim Whitmarsh is A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge. He is best known for his work on the Greek literary culture of the Roman Empire, the Second Sophistic, and the ancient Greek novel. His works include many articles and monographs, the most characteristic ones being: Greek Literature and the Roman Empire: The Politics of Imitation (2001), The Second Sophistic (2005), The Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel (2008), Narrative and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel: Returning Romance (2011) and his forthcoming Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World. Zacharias Andreadakis is a 4th year graduate student at the University of Michigan and a visiting scholar at the University of Oslo, writing his dissertation on the ancient novel from a philosophical perspective. His research focuses primarily upon Platonism, fiction, and virtue ethics.