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Theodoret's PeopleSocial Networks and Religious Conflict in Late Roman Syria$
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Adam Schor

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268623

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268623.001.0001

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The Irreplaceable Theodoret

The Irreplaceable Theodoret

Patronage Performance and Social Strategy

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Theodoret's People

Adam M. Schor

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the process of mediating patronage, the methods by which Theodoret sought favors, established relationships, and created community. It suggests that Theodoret's written appeals can be considered as social performances because he employed various theatrical techniques to present himself and his clients to selected audiences. It explains that Theodoret's letters show a variety of tactics for establishing common ground, for keeping his personal distance, for directing appeals to multiple audiences and for preserving relationships when requests failed.

Keywords:   patronage, Theodoret of Cyrrhus, written appeals, social performances, common ground, personal distance

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