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Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

Edited by Tomas Hagg

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520223882
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925052 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223882.001.0001
Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

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The two centuries between A.D. 250 and A.D. 450 witnessed the creation of a distinctive Christian Greek culture in the eastern part of the Roman Empire. This book focuses on the transition from ancient to Christian Hellenism as it was expressed in the biographical and panegyric literature of the period. The chapters show how literary genres focusing on individual lives help to reveal this historical process. The contributors are leading scholars who bring several disciplines to bear on these texts: they include historians, theologians, classicists, and historians of religion. This book presents much new research and helps show Late Antiquity not only as an important transitional period but also as an era with an identity of its own. Among the figures the biographical texts bring to life are Antony the Great, the charismatic desert father, and Basil of Caesarea, the influential church politician. Collectively the chapters go beyond discussion of particular texts to consider such general topics as strategies of rhetoric and representation, the place of classical Greek culture in both pagan and Christian education, and what is meant by philosophy as a way of life.

Keywords: A.D. 250; A.D. 450; Christian Greek culture; Roman empire; Christian Hellenism; biographical literature; panegyric literature; Late Antiquity; Antony the Great; Basil of Caesarea; pagan education; Christian education

Book.  300 pages. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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Introduction in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

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Philosophic Lives and the Philosophic Life in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

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Form and Meaning in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

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Antony as Teacher in the Greek <i>Life</i> in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

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Philosophy and Simplicity in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

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Your Honor, My Reputation in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

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How to Praise a Friend in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

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Eros Transformed: Same-Sex Love and Divine Desire in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

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The Rhetoric of Praise in the Private Orations of Themistius in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

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