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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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Philosophy and Simplicity

Philosophy and Simplicity

The Problem of Classical Education in Early Christian Biography

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(p.110) 5 Philosophy and Simplicity
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Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity
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Samuel Rubenson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223882.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the issue of education in early Christian biography. It analyzes eight biographies of several saints including Life of St. Antony, Life of St. Paul the Hermit, and De vita Gregorii Thaumaturgi. The analysis reveals that out of the eights live discussed, all but two inform us about the education of the saint and these were in the works of Saint Jerome and Gregory of Nyssa.

Keywords:   Christian biography, education, Life of St. Antony, Life of St. Paul the Hermit, De vita Gregorii Thaumaturgi, Saint Jerome, Gregory of Nyssa

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