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A Critical Introduction


Lieve Van Hoof, Edward Watts, Raffaella Cribiore, Pierre-Louis Malosse, Robert J. Penella, Craig A. Gibson, Bernadette Cabouret, Heinz-Günther Nesselrath, Hans-Ulrich Wiemer, Scott Bradbury, Jan R. Stenger, Peter Van Nuffelen
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  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108729932

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  • A professor of Greek rhetoric, frequent letter writer and influential social figure, Libanius (AD 314–393) is a key author for anybody interested in late antiquity, ancient rhetoric, ancient epistolography and ancient biography. Nevertheless, he remains understudied because it is such a daunting task to access his large and only partially translated oeuvre. This volume, which is the first comprehensive study of Libanius, offers a critical introduction to the man, his texts, their context and reception. Clear presentations of the orations, progymnasmata, declamations and letters unlock the corpus, and a survey of all available translations is provided. At the same time, the volume explores new interpretative approaches of the texts from a variety of angles. Written by a team of established as well as upcoming experts in the field, it substantially reassesses works such as the Autobiography, the Julianic speeches and letters, and Oration 30 For the Temples.

    • The first comprehensive volume on Libanius, discussing all of his texts, their context and their reception
    • Enables the reader to begin to tackle Libanius' daunting and often inaccessible corpus, while also suggesting innovative ways in which his works can be read
    • Written by the foremost experts in the field
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108729932
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. Libanius at the margins Lieve van Hoof
    1. Libanius' Life and life Lieve Van Hoof
    2. The historical context: the rhetorical use of suffering in Libanius' Monodies, Letters and Autobiography Edward Watts
    3. The rhetorical context: traditions and opportunities Raffaella Cribiore
    4. Libanius' Orations Pierre-Louis Malosse
    5. Libanius' Declamations Robert J. Penella
    6. Libanius' Progymnasmata Craig A. Gibson
    7. Libanius' Letters Bernadette Cabouret
    8. The reception of Libanius: from Pagan friend of Julian to (almost) Christian saint and back Heinz-Günther Nesselrath and Lieve Van Hoof
    9. Emperors and Empire in Libanius Hans-Ulrich Wiemer
    10. Libanius' networks Scott Bradbury
    11. Libanius and the literary tradition Heinz-Günther Nesselrath
    12. Libanius and the 'game' of Hellenism Jan R. Stenger
    13. Not the last Pagan: Libanius between elite rhetoric and religion Peter Van Nuffelen
    Epilogue. Libanius at the centre
    Appendices. Survey of (translations of) Libanius' works: A. Hypotheseis
    B. Progymnasmata
    C. Declamations
    D. Orations
    E. Letters.

  • Editor

    Lieve Van Hoof, Universiteit Gent, Belgium
    Lieve Van Hoof is a postdoctoral researcher at Universiteit Gent, Belgium. Trained as a classicist, historian and political scientist, she studies the interplay between literature and politics, culture and power. After publishing Plutarch's Practical Ethics: The Social Dynamics of Philosophy (2010) and a range of articles on the Second Sophistic, she turned her attention to late antiquity. She has published several articles on Greek literature in the fourth century AD, and is currently preparing a monograph on the letters of Libanius.


    Lieve Van Hoof, Edward Watts, Raffaella Cribiore, Pierre-Louis Malosse, Robert J. Penella, Craig A. Gibson, Bernadette Cabouret, Heinz-Günther Nesselrath, Hans-Ulrich Wiemer, Scott Bradbury, Jan R. Stenger, Peter Van Nuffelen

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