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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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The Syriac Life of Rabbula and Syrian Hellenism

The Syriac Life of Rabbula and Syrian Hellenism

(p.255) 11 The Syriac Life of Rabbula and Syrian Hellenism
Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

G. W. Bowersock

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the Syriac biography of Rabbula, bishop of Edessa. It explains that this biography was first published by J.J. Overbeck in 186 and that it is free from the legendary accretions that mark the lines about Rabulla in the Greek biography of Alexander Akoimētos. It suggests that this work is a faithful record of the world where martyrs were forced sought solitude or exile and that its author has depicted an image of the saint in a realistic landscape.

Keywords:   Syriac biography, Rabbula, J.J. Overbeck, legendary accretions, Greek biography, Alexander Akoimētos, martyrs

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