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Norman, A. F. (Albert Francis)

Works: 61 works in 292 publications in 6 languages and 3,421 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Records and correspondence  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sources 
Roles: Editor, Translator, Author, Other, Author of introduction, Honoree
Classifications: PA4227, 885.01
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Most widely held works about A. F Norman
Most widely held works by A. F Norman
Selected works by Libanius( Book )

107 editions published between 1969 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

LIBANIUS (A.D. 314-393) was one of the last great publicists and educators of Greek paganism. His story, as presented in his 'Autobiography' (Oration I) and the 'Life' by Eunapius, is supplemented by information from a correspondence of over 1500 items (dated A.D. 355-365 and A.D. 388-393) and 64 extant orations. Sophistic works of various types, including the 'Hypotheses of Demosthenes' Orations', complete the corpus of his works. He was born in Antioch of respectable municipal family and, after study at Athens, began his teaching career in Constantinople in 340, but soon had to retire to Nicomedeia, where he became acquainted with St. Basil and influential in the development of Julian's paganism. After a second tenure at Constantinople he returned home to become professor in Antioch in 354, a position which he held through many vicissitudes, for the rest of his life. His views and prejudices caused him to react sharply against many contemporary trends. As sophist of Antioch and a devoted exponent of the traditional Hellenic system of education, he remained deliberately and contemptuously unacquainted with Latin, and deplored its increasing influence. Naturally humane in outlook and sympathizing with the local bouregoisie, he criticized bitterly the encroachments and oppressions of the central administration, and the general cruelty of his day. Sincerely pagan in an increasingly aggressive Christian society, he became an influential mouthpiece of protest against religious persecution, official or unofficial. Illness and professional and family disappointments sharpen these criticisms in his later years. The orations upon Julian, to whose memory he remained devoted all his life, were composed between 362 and 365, and present Libanius with a positive role and a congenial subject, revealing him at the height of his powers and influence. They were used by the Church historians, and this, coupled with his relations with Basil and with Chrysostom, his pupil in Antioch, lent them respectability enough to make his works, despite their consistent criticisms of the Christian religion, acceptable to Byzantine piety
Autobiography and selected letters by Libanius( Book )

27 editions published in 1992 in 3 languages and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A professing pagan in an aggressively Christian empire, a friend of the emperor Julian and acquaintance of St. Basil, a potent spokesman for private and political causes -- Libanius can tell us much more about the tumultuous world of the fourth century. Born in Antioch to a wealthy family steeped in the culture and religious traditions of Hellenism, Libanius rose to fame as a teacher of the classics in a period of rapid social change. In his lifetime Libanius was an acknowledged master of the art of letter writing. Today his letters -- about 1550 of which survive -- offer an enthralling self-portrait of this combative pagan publicist and a vivid picture of the culture and political intrigues of the eastern empire. A.F. Norman selects one eighth of the extant letters, which come from two periods in Libanius' life, AD 355-365 and 388-393 -- letters written to Julian, churchmen, civil officials, scholars, and his many influential friends. The letters are complemented, in this two-volume edition, by Libanius' Autobiography (Oration I), a revealing narrative that begins as a scholar's account and ends as an old man's private journal
Autobiography (Oration I) the Greek text by Libani( Book )

33 editions published between 1965 and 1990 in 5 languages and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antioch as a centre of Hellenic culture as observed by Libanius by Libanius( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Focusing on the first and last years of Libanius' Antiochene career (AD 354-388), the speeches in this volume illustrate the great range of Libanius' rhetorical skills, while at the same time illuminating the intrigues of city politics and university life. The book's focal points are the great patriotic Antiochikos (Oration 11), delivered soon after Libanius' return to his native city, and the long defence of his educational system (Oration 62) from almost thirty years later, in which a bellicose tone is adopted to rebut a personal attack on Libanius' failure to produce a really successful student. The shorter speeches give unparalleled insights into problems of sharply contemporary relevance - teachers' pay, student indiscipline and rioting, threats from the rival Latin curriculum, accusations of professional incompetence, as well as everyday details of academic life. The majority of these speeches have not previously been translated into English. This volume will interest not only students of Libanius and of Antioch, but also those engaged in the broader study of education, rhetoric, Hellenic culture and upper-class pagan society in late antiquity."--Jacket
Libanius, selected works with an English translation by Libanius( Book )

in Greek, Ancient and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Libanius : selected works by Libanius( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Teachers and administrators by A. F Norman( Book )

5 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Romans in East Yorkshire by A. F Norman( Book )

7 editions published between 1960 and 1961 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Autobiography and selected letters by Libanios( Book )

9 editions published in 1992 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Libanius (314-393 CE), who was one of the last great publicists and teachers of Greek paganism, has much to tell us about the tumultuous world of the fourth century CE. His works include Orations, the first of which is an autobiography, and Letters
Mélanges A.F. Norman : textes( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in 3 languages and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected works by Libanius( Book )

in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected works by Libanius( Book )

in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Themistii Orationes quae supersunt by Themistius( Book )

in Greek, Ancient and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Autobiography and selected letters
Alternative Names
Norman A. F.

Norman, A. F. 1913-2000

Norman, Albert F.

Norman, Albert F. 1913-2000

Norman, Albert Francis

Norman, Albert Francis 1913-2000

Norman, Frank.

Norman, Frank 1913-2000

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