Sage, saint, and sophist : holy men and their associates in the early Roman Empire /
Graham Anderson.
London ; New York : Routledge, 1994.
xii, 289 p.
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London ; New York : Routledge, 1994.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Sage, Saint and Sophistexplores the experience of holy men, both pagan and Christian, and the extent of their participation in the Roman Empire's religious climate which often wavered between faith and superstition. Graham Anderson discusses the atmosphere of belief in these centuries, grounding this issue in the context of Roman social history. There has not been a general historical study of early imperial holy men of any kind since Bieler's portraitTheios Anerover half a century ago. Anderson applies techniques of literary and prosopographical analysis to bear on a varied cross-section of these figures from Jesus Christ to Peregrinus Proteus to Dio Chrysostom, and stresses their individuality as much as their common features. He examines the variety of services, real or imaginary, that holy men had to offer and the techniques they used to maintain their credibility. He discusses their career patterns, their techniques of revelation and persuasion, their relationswith patrons, populace and one another; and the growth of cults of individuals.
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Holy men, both pagan and Christian are persistent and puzzling figures in the religious life of the Roman Empire. In this first historical study of Holy Men for more than half a century, Dr Anderson applies techniques of literary analysis to throw light on the lifestyles and behaviour of these figures, from Jesus Christ to Peregrinus Proteus to dio Chrysostom, stressing their individuality as much as their common features. Sage, Saint and Sophist examines the variety of services, real or imaginary, that these colouful figures had to offer and how they maintained their credibility to become the objects of successful religious cults.
Table of Contents
Concepts: The Holy Man and His Milieuxp. 1
Viewpoints: Perceptions and Perspectivesp. 16
Patterns: Lives and Lifestylesp. 34
Wisdom: Crafts, Cunning, Credulityp. 54
Acclamation: The Rhetoric of Revelationp. 73
Action: Display and Interventionp. 86
Alliance: Disciples, Clients, Patronsp. 113
Opposition: False Prophets, Cheats and Charlatansp. 131
Authority: Caesars, Principalities and Powersp. 151
Travel: Holy Men on the Movep. 167
Representation: The Holy Man in Fictionp. 178
Prestige: The Enhancement of Holinessp. 188
Progress: Continuities and Comparisonsp. 198
Epilogue: Varieties of Ambiguityp. 218
Appendix: Jesus the Jew; Jesus the Magicianp. 222
Notesp. 228
Select bibliographyp. 270
Indexp. 280
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