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The Aesthetics of Hope in Late Greek Imperial Literature

The Aesthetics of Hope in Late Greek Imperial Literature
Methodius of Olympus' Symposium and the Crisis of the Third Century


Part of Greek Culture in the Roman World

  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108494175

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  • This book sheds light on a relatively dark period of literary history, the late third century CE, a period that falls between the Second Sophistic and Late Antiquity. It argues that more was being written during this time than past scholars have realized and takes as its prime example the understudied Christian writer Methodius of Olympus. Among his many works, this book focuses on his dialogic Symposium, a text which exposes an era's new concern to re-orient the gaze of a generation from the past onto the future. Dr LaValle Norman makes the further argument that scholarship on the Imperial period that does not include Christian writers within its purview misses the richness of this period, which was one of deepening interaction between Christian and non-Christian writers. Only through recovering this conversation can we understand the transitional period that led to the rise of Constantine.

    • Demonstrates how Christian literature was part of the literary networks of the Imperial period
    • Shows how a literary text can be used to give insight into an historical era with few other surviving ancient sources
    • Provides an engaging reading of an understudied period
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108494175
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. Christians among Imperial Greek writers in the third century
    1. Mapping third-century literature from the Severans to Constantine
    2. The end of dialogue? The Christianization of a tradition
    3. Compilation and unity in Imperial sympotic traditions
    4. Rhetoric and the problem of rivalry
    5. The lyric tradition and changing hymnic forms

  • Author

    Dawn LaValle Norman, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
    Dawn LaValle Norman is a Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University's Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry.

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