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Aelius Aristides  

Estelle Oudot

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Dec 2017
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Nov 2017
This chapter discusses how, despite himself, Aelius Aristides corresponds in many ways to the typical portrait of the sophist. It examines how his personality was both emblematic ... More

Apuleius  

Stephen J. Harrison

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Dec 2017
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Nov 2017
This chapter considers the biography, literary career, and literary output of the second-century Platonizing Latin writer Apuleius, born in Roman North Africa in the 120s ce and recorded ... More

Athletes and Trainers  

Jason König

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Dec 2017
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Nov 2017
Athletic activity was a major preoccupation of the Greek elite in the imperial period. This chapter looks at the relationship between athletic and intellectual activity, focusing ... More

Atticism and Asianism  

Lawrence Kim

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Dec 2017
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Nov 2017
This chapter treats two imperial Greek phenomena that have often been paired, usually in opposition: Atticism and Asianism. It first describes the theory, practice, and development of ... More

Chariton and Xenophon of Ephesus  

J. R. Morgan

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Dec 2017
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Nov 2017
This chapter discusses the novels of Chariton and Xenophon of Ephesus. Both are engaged with central concerns of the Second Sophistic, in particular that of elite Greek identity. ... More

Cosmopolitanism  

Daniel S. Richter

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Dec 2017
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Nov 2017
This chapter describes the how various intellectuals active in the Second Sophistic conceived of the unity of the human community, a problem with philosophical, social, political, and, ... More

The Creation of Christian Elite Culture in Roman Syria and the Near East  

William Adler

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Dec 2017
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Nov 2017
The chapter examines three exemplars of Syrian Christianity in the second and early third centuries: Tatian (ca. 120–180), Bar Daysan (154–222), and Julius Africanus (ca. 160–240). To ... More

The Development of Medieval Rhetoric  

John O. Ward

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Nov 2017
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Feb 2014
This chapter deals with rhetoric as defined by Augustine’s teacher, Victorinus, in his commentary on Cicero’s De inventione (a foundational work for medieval rhetoric), as the “handing on” ... More

Dio Chrysostom  

Claire Rachel Jackson

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Dec 2017
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Nov 2017
This chapter examines the Greek imperial writer Dio Chrysostom’s biography, works, and place within the Second Sophistic. Dio’s corpus is broad and eclectic, including advice to emperors, ... More

Ecphrasis: Visual and Verbal Interactions in Ancient Greek and Latin Literature  

Michael Squire

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Apr 2015
This essay explores the intersections between ancient and modern notions of ecphrasis (defined by Imperial Greek rhetoricians as “a descriptive speech” that “brings the subject shown ... More

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