The Irreplaceable Theodoret

Adam M. Schor

in Theodoret's People

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268623
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948617 | DOI:
The Irreplaceable Theodoret

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This chapter focuses on the process of mediating patronage, the methods by which Theodoret sought favors, established relationships, and created community. It suggests that Theodoret's written appeals can be considered as social performances because he employed various theatrical techniques to present himself and his clients to selected audiences. It explains that Theodoret's letters show a variety of tactics for establishing common ground, for keeping his personal distance, for directing appeals to multiple audiences and for preserving relationships when requests failed.

Keywords: patronage; Theodoret of Cyrrhus; written appeals; social performances; common ground; personal distance

Chapter.  10195 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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