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(c. 317—388)

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acclamation

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Vocal expressions of approval and good wishes in ritual form were an important part of Roman life, both private (e.g. at weddings) and public (for actors and the presiding magistrate at...

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barbarian

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

While we associate Classical culture primarily with emphasis on citizenship (membership of a polis), Classical Greek literature also assigns considerable importance to defining a common...

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Himerius

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(c. ad 310–c. 390),

Greek rhetorician. Born in Prusias in Bithynia, he studied in Athens, where he spent most of his life as a successful teacher of rhetoric. He was ...

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Hippolytus

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

The son of Theseus and Hippolyta, banished and cursed by his father after being accused by his stepmother Phaedra of rape. He was killed when a sea monster, sent by Poseidon in response to...

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limitanei

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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A Latin term used to describe the troops stationed on the frontiers of the Roman Empire in the 4th century ad, as opposed to the higher status comitatenses of the mobile field...

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Maximus

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

(RE 40),

of Ephesus (d. ad 370), Neoplatonist philosopher; see Neoplatonism. A pupil of Aedesius, who was himself a pupil of Iamblichus (2), Maximus followed his master's tendency...

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paganism

Overview page. Subjects: History — Religion.

In the late Roman world a paganus was a ‘rustic’, and the word's shift to mean ‘non‐Christian’ reflects a period when Christianity had spread among the upper classes and within towns, but...

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Praetextatus

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Classical Studies.

More fully Vettius Agorius Praetextatus, a leader, together with Nicomachus Flavianus and Symmachus, of the Roman senatorial aristocracy; born Rome? in 310 (PLRE) or in 320 (Ensslin), died...

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Second Sophistic

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Is a term applied to the period c. ad 60–230 when declamation became the most prestigious literary activity in the Greek world. Philostratus coined the term in his Lives of the Sophists,...

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Stobaeus

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(Ἰωάννης Στοβαι̑ος, ‘John of Stobi’), author of an anthology of excerpts from poets and prose-writers, intended in the first instance for the instruction of his son Septimius. The work was...

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