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Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity$
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Tomas Hagg

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223882

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223882.001.0001

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Form and Meaning

Form and Meaning

The Vita Constantini and the Vita Antonii

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(p.72) 3 Form and Meaning
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Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity
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Averil Cameron

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223882.003.0004

This chapter analyzes meaning and form in Eusebius of Caesarea's biographical works Life of Constantine and Life of Antony. It explains that these works were written not more than twenty years apart and the latter was considered by all as the paradigm of a saint's life. It argues that both works are self-conscious in the extreme and their form makes reference to other established genres.

Keywords:   Eusebius of Caesarea, Life of Constantine, Life of Antony, biographical works, form, meaning, saint's life, self-conscious

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