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Autobiography and selected letters

Author: Libanius.; A F Norman
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1992.
Series: Loeb classical library, 478-479.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Records and correspondence
Translations
Translations into English
Correspondence
Correspondance
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Libanius.
Autobiography and selected letters.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1992
(OCoLC)609155064
Online version:
Libanius.
Autobiography and selected letters.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1992
(OCoLC)622682337
Named Person: Libanius; Libanius; Libanius; Libanius.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Libanius.; A F Norman
ISBN: 0674995279 9780674995277 0674995287 9780674995284
OCLC Number: 24217909
Description: 2 volumes ; 17 cm.
Contents: v. 1. Autobiography ; Selected letters. 1-50 --
v. 2. Selected letters. 51-193.
Series Title: Loeb classical library, 478-479.
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: Libanius ; edited and translated by A.F. Norman.

Abstract:

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.

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