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Late Antique Letter CollectionsA Critical Introduction and Reference Guide$
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Cristiana Sogno, Bradley K. Storin, and Edward J. Watts

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281448

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281448.001.0001

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The Letter Collection of Procopius of Gaza

The Letter Collection of Procopius of Gaza

(p.394) Twenty-Four The Letter Collection of Procopius of Gaza
Late Antique Letter Collections

David Westberg

, Cristiana Sogno, Bradley K. Storin, Edward J. Watts
University of California Press

The Christian sophist Procopius of Gaza (c. 465–after 526) is connected to a collection of 174 letters that includes 169 letters by Procopius’s hand are preserved together with an additional five to him from his addressee Megethius. The recipients and contents of the letters are diverse. The letters are addressed to a large number of friends, relatives and colleagues, to fellow students, other sophists, and pupils. They contain advice, requests for favors and recommendations. Taken together, Procopius’s letters offer a rich image of sophistic self-fashioning amidst a redistribution of spiritual and earthly power between the traditional aristocratic elite and an up-and-coming class of church authorities. In other words, the letters of this Christian sophist reflect a historical moment in the transition from Late Antiquity to Byzantium.

Keywords:   David Westberg, Procopius of Gaza, Gaza

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