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Strategies of Representation in Collective Biography

Patricia Cox Miller

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223882.003.0011
Strategies of Representation in Collective Biography

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This chapter examines the strategies for the representation of subjects in ancient Greek collective biographies. It analyzes the Vitae philosophorum et sophistarum by Eunapius and the Historia monachorum by an anonymous author. It suggests that the authors of these works did not analyze the character so much and that their main concern was to emphasize the scintillating qualities of the subjects of their biographical sketches. They used the so-called pictorial idiom that was considered as the peculiarly expressionistic manner of the fourth century.

Keywords: collective biographies; representation of subjects; Vitae philosophorum et sophistarum; Eunapius; Historia monachorum; pictorial idiom

Chapter.  18545 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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