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Loeb Classical Library #452: Libanius: Selected Works II

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Libanius (314-393 CE) was one of the last great publicists and teachers of Greek paganism. His story, as presented in his Autobiography and the Life by Eunapius, is supplemented by information from a correspondence of over 1500 items and 64 extant orations. A native of Antioch, he 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.

As sophist of Antioch and a devoted exponent of the traditional Hellenic system of education, Libanius remained deliberately and contemptuously unacquainted with Latin, and deplored its growing influence. Naturally humane in outlook and sympathizing with the local bourgeoisie, 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 voice against religious persecution, official or unofficial. The orations on Julian, to whose memory he remained devoted all his life, were composed between 362 and 365, and present Libanius with a congenial subject, revealing him at the height of his powers and influence.

Also available in the Loeb Classical Library is a two-volume edition of Libanius's Autobiography and Selected Letters.

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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.

Table of Contents

v. 1. The Julianic orations.--v. 2. Selected orations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674994973
Editor:
Warmington, E. H.
Author:
Warmington, E. H.
Translator:
Norman, A. F.
Editor:
Norman, A. F.
Author:
Norman, A. F.
Author:
Libanius
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge :
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Classical orations
Subject:
Speeches, addresses, etc., Greek -- Translations into English.
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
Subject:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical
Subject:
RELIGION / Christianity/History
Copyright:
Series:
Loeb Classical Library
Series Volume:
452
Publication Date:
January 1977
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Indexes
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
6 x 4 in 11 oz

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