The Classical Sources of Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur

  title={The Classical Sources of Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur},
  author={Jon Solomon},
  journal={International Journal of the Classical Tradition},
  • J. Solomon
  • Published 1 April 2015
  • History
  • International Journal of the Classical Tradition
Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ was one of the most popular novels ever written, and its portrayal of ancient Rome and Roman institutions (e.g. chariot racing and penal system) influenced millions of people for well more than a century. Yet no one has ever identified Wallace’s classical sources or examined his research methodology. After discussing Wallace’s lack of formal education, this paper examines his access to and use of primarily Josephus, Plutarch, Homer, and other ancient… 
Emotions in Ben-Hur : dynamics of emotion in texts, reception contexts, and audience responses in the United States (1880-1931)
This thesis explores emotions in the composition, circulation, popular cultural reception, and performance adaptations of Lew Wallace’s novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880) from the late