Wonder-telling thrived as an abiding element in Greek and Roman convivial gatherings. The burgeoning book culture of the Hellenistic period witnessed the emergence of paradoxographical works—compilations of reports on “marvels”—that offered another medium through which to experience wonder. This study surveys evidence that situates wonder-telling in the social sphere and suggests that the new genre adapted one of the joys of sympotic discourse in order to delight the solitary reader.
"A Most Amazing Conversation: The Social Contexts of Wonder-Telling and the Development of Paradoxography,"
New England Classical Journal: Vol. 46
Available at: https://crossworks.holycross.edu/necj/vol46/iss2/3