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Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

Tomas Hagg


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 chapters 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 include historians, theologians, classicists, and historians of religion. This book present ... More

Keywords: A.D. 250, A.D. 450, Christian Greek culture, Roman empire, Christian Hellenism, biographical literature, panegyric literature, Late Antiquity, Antony the Great, Basil of Caesarea, pagan education, Christian education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520223882
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223882.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tomas Hagg, editor