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The Syriac Life of Rabbula and Syrian Hellenism

G. W. Bowersock

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/9780520223882.003.0012
The Syriac Life of Rabbula and Syrian Hellenism

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This chapter focuses on the Syriac biography of Rabbula, bishop of Edessa. It explains that this biography was first published by J.J. Overbeck in 186 and that it is free from the legendary accretions that mark the lines about Rabulla in the Greek biography of Alexander Akoimētos. It suggests that this work is a faithful record of the world where martyrs were forced sought solitude or exile and that its author has depicted an image of the saint in a realistic landscape.

Keywords: Syriac biography; Rabbula; J.J. Overbeck; legendary accretions; Greek biography; Alexander Akoimētos; martyrs

Chapter.  6864 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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