Form and Meaning

Averil Cameron

in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520223882
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925052 | DOI:
Form and Meaning

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This chapter analyzes meaning and form in Eusebius of Caesarea's biographical works Life of Constantine and Life of Antony. It explains that these works were written not more than twenty years apart and the latter was considered by all as the paradigm of a saint's life. It argues that both works are self-conscious in the extreme and their form makes reference to other established genres.

Keywords: Eusebius of Caesarea; Life of Constantine; Life of Antony; biographical works; form; meaning; saint's life; self-conscious

Chapter.  7531 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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