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- DescriptionThis book is a study of the fourth-century sophist Libanius, a major intellectual figure who ran one of the most prestigious schools of rhetoric in the later Roman Empire. He was a tenacious adherent of pagan religion and a friend of the emperor Julian, but also taught leaders of the early Christian church like St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the Great. Raffaella Cribiore examines Libanius's training and personality, showing him to be a vibrant educator, though somewhat gloomy and anxious by nature. She traces how he cultivated a wide network of friends and former pupils and courted powerful officials to recruit top students. Cribiore describes his school in Antioch--how students applied, how they were evaluated and trained, and how Libanius reported progress to their families. She details the professional opportunities that a thorough training in rhetoric opened up for young men of the day. Also included here are translations of 200 of Libanius's most important letters on education, almost ne of which have appeared in English before. Cribiore casts into striking relief the importance of rhetoric in late antiquity and its influence t only on pagan intellectuals but also on prominent Christian figures. She gives a balanced view of Libanius and his circle against the far-flung parama of the Greek East.
- Author BiographyRaffaella Cribiore is Associate Curator for Papyri and Adjunct Professor of Classics at Columbia University. She is the coauthor of Women's Letters from Ancient Egypt, 300 BC-AD 800 and the author of Gymnastics of the Mind: Greek Education in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt (Princeton), which won the American Philological Association's 2004 award for the best book in classics.
- Author(s)Raffaella Cribiore
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication19/07/2016
- SubjectAncient History
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published2007
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight571 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine21 mm
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