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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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Strategies of Representation in Collective Biography

Strategies of Representation in Collective Biography

Constructing the Subject as Holy

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(p.209) 10 Strategies of Representation in Collective Biography
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Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity
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Patricia Cox Miller

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223882.003.0011

This chapter examines the strategies for the representation of subjects in ancient Greek collective biographies. It analyzes the Vitae philosophorum et sophistarum by Eunapius and the Historia monachorum by an anonymous author. It suggests that the authors of these works did not analyze the character so much and that their main concern was to emphasize the scintillating qualities of the subjects of their biographical sketches. They used the so-called pictorial idiom that was considered as the peculiarly expressionistic manner of the fourth century.

Keywords:   collective biographies, representation of subjects, Vitae philosophorum et sophistarum, Eunapius, Historia monachorum, pictorial idiom

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