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Libanius: A Critical Introduction Lieve Van Hoof

Libanius: A Critical Introduction

Lieve Van Hoof

Published September 10th 2014
ISBN : 9781316055953
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400 pages
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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, heMoreA 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.