Literature and Society in the Fourth Century AD: Performing <i>Paideia</i>, Constructing the Present, Presenting the Self

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Lieve Van Hoof, Peter Van Nuffelen
BRILL, Oct 28, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 260 pages
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Challenging ideas about the declining social role and impact of literature in Late Antiquity, Literature and Society in the Fourth Century AD demonstrates how Greek and Latin literature of the fourth century AD continued to play an important role in public performance and debate, the creation of reality, and self-presentation.
 

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Contents

1 The Social Role and Place of Literature in the Fourth Century AD
1
A FourthCentury Roman Invention?
16
Le rôle des lettrés dans lentourage des empereurs romains du IVe siècle
31
Paideia and Patronage in Cappadocia
48
Libanius For the Teachers Oration 31
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6 Texts Teachers and Pupils in the Writings of Gregory of Nyssa
83
Failings of the Narrative in Ammianus Marcellinus
103
Strategies of Visualization in a Civil Case
134
Stilicho as a Literary Construct in the Poetry of Claudian
157
The Poetical Representation of the Apostles as a Means of Influencing Society
180
Sermons and Social Status in Constantinople under the Theodosian Dynasty
201
Bibliography
219
Index
242
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