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City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria

Edward Watts


This study of the men and ideas of late antique education explores the intellectual and doctrinal milieu in the two great cities of Athens and Alexandria from the second to the sixth centuries. It sheds new light on the interaction between the pagan cultural legacy and Christianity. While previous scholarship has seen Christian reactions to pagan educational culture as the product of an empire-wide process of development, the book crafts two narratives that reveal how differently education was shaped by the local power structures and urban contexts of each city. Touching on the careers of Hero ... More

Keywords: pagan legacy, Christianity, Herodes Atticus, Proclus, Damascius, Ammonius Saccas, Origen, Hypatia, Olympiodorus, sack of Athens

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520244214
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520244214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Watts, author