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Greek biography and panegyric in late antiquity /
edited by Tomas Hägg and Philip Rousseau ; with the assistance of Christian Høgel.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2000.
description
xii, 288 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520223888 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2000.
isbn
0520223888 (cloth : alk. paper)
general note
Papers originally presented at a conference at the Centre for the Study of European Civilization, Faculty of Arts, University of Bergen (Norway), August 28-31, 1996.
catalogue key
4030185
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-09-01:
In a brief introduction, the editors, well known for their work on imperial Greek literature, sketch the history and interrelations of biography and panegyric. The contributors focus primarily on three texts: Porphyry's Life of Plotinus, the Life of Antony, and Gregory of Nazianzus's funeral oration for Basil of Caesarea. Three essays are among the highlights: Gillian Clark's examination of the philosophical life as a model of the philosopher's exegesis in Porphyry and Iamblichus; Averil Cameron's reading of The Life of Antony in conjunction with Eusebius' Life of Constantine; and David Konstan's contrast of the Nazianzen's Hellenic rhetoric of friendship with Gregory of Nyssa's Christian rhetoric of apostleship in their respective funeral orations for Basil. Other essayists consider Porphyry's Life and Plotinus' Enneads; the Life as evidence of a (literate) teacher; the Life as an exemplification of a Christian rhetoric of simplicity overcoming pagan philosophy; the Nazianzen's oration for what it says about Gregory as well as Basil; Gregory's erotic vocabulary; Themistius' private orations; collective biography; and Syrian Hellenism. The contributors' focus on canonical works of pagan and Christian biography makes for an intellectually coherent and interesting volume suitable primarily for graduate students and above and perhaps also for the occasional upper-division undergraduate. A. M. Keith University of Toronto
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Summaries
Main Description
The two centuries between a.d. 250 and a.d. 450 witnessed the creation of a distinctive Christian Greek culture in the eastern part of the Roman empire. This book focuses on the transition from ancient to Christian Hellenism as it was expressed in the biographical and panegyric literature of the period. The essays show how literary genres focusing on individual lives help to reveal this historical process. The contributors are leading scholars who bring several disciplines to bear on these texts: they are historians, theologians, classicists, and historians of religion. Together, the collection presents much new research and helps show Late Antiquity not only as an important transitional period but also as an era with an identity of its own. Among the figures the biographical texts bring to life are Antony the Great, the charismatic desert father, and Basil of Caesarea, the influential church politician. Collectively the essays go beyond discussion of particular texts to consider such general topics as strategies of rhetoric and representation, the place of classical Greek culture in both pagan and Christian education, and what is meant by philosophy as a way of life. Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity will send readers back to many Late Antique texts with an enhanced appreciation of how these highly idiosyncratic works exhibit in concentrated form some of the most characteristic and widespread values, tensions, and literary strategies of their age.
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The period from AD250 and AD 450 witnessed the creation of a distinctive Christian Greek culture in the eastern part of the Roman empire. This text focuses on the transition from ancient to Christian Hellenism, drawing on the literature of the time.
Long Description
The two centuries between a.d. 250 and a.d. 450 witnessed the creation of a distinctive Christian Greek culture in the eastern part of the Roman empire. This book focuses on the transition from ancient to Christian Hellenism as it was expressed in the biographical and panegyric literature of the period. The essays show how literary genres focusing on individual lives help to reveal this historical process. The contributors are leading scholars who bring several disciplines to bear on these texts: they are historians, theologians, classicists, and historians of religion. Together, the collection presents much new research and helps show Late Antiquity not only as an important transitional period but also as an era with an identity of its own. Among the figures the biographical texts bring to life are Antony the Great, the charismatic desert father, and Basil of Caesarea, the influential church politician. Collectively the essays go beyond discussion of particular texts to consider such general topics as strategies of rhetoric and representation, the place of classical Greek culture in both pagan and Christian education, and what is meant by philosophy as a way of life. Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquitywill send readers back to many Late Antique texts with an enhanced appreciation of how these highly idiosyncratic works exhibit in concentrated form some of the most characteristic and widespread values, tensions, and literary strategies of their age.
Main Description
How classical narrative models were adapted as early Christian culture took shape and developed.
Table of Contents
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction: Biography and Panegyricp. 1
Philosophic Lives and the Philosophic Life: Porphyry and Iamblichusp. 29
Birth, Death, and Divinity in Porphyry's Life of Plotinusp. 52
Form and Meaning: The Vita Constantini and the Vita Antoniip. 72
Antony as Teacher in the Greek Lifep. 89
Philosophy and Simplicity: The Problem of Classical Education in Early Christian Biographyp. 110
Your Honor, My Reputation: St. Gregory of Nazianzus's Funeral Oration on St. Basil the Greatp. 140
How to Praise a Friend: St. Gregory of Nazianzus's Funeral Oration for St. Basil the Greatp. 160
Eros Transformed: Same-Sex Love and Divine Desire. Reflections on the Erotic Vocabulary in St. Gregory of Nazianzus's Speech on St. Basil the Greatp. 180
The Rhetoric of Praise in the Private Orations of Themistiusp. 194
Strategies of Representation in Collective Biography: Constructing the Subject as Holyp. 209
The Syriac Life of Rabbula and Syrian Hellenismp. 255
Contributorsp. 273
General Indexp. 277
Index Locorump. 283
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