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A Tale of Two Cities: Themistius on Rome and Constantinople

John Vanderspoel

in Two Romes: Rome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199739400
eISBN:
9780199933006
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739400.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter, developing and nuancing elements of the author’s monograph of 1995, examines the philosopher Themistius’ panegyrics as they present the developing status of Constantinople from the 350s ... More


The Changing Cultural Contexts

Ruth Glasner

in Averroes' Physics: A Turning Point in Medieval Natural Philosophy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199567737
eISBN:
9780191721472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567737.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Chapter 3 is a brief summary of the main sources, Greek and Arabic, that Averroes used in the three commentaries. The sometimes very long notes of this chapter provide lists of the references to ... More


Attitudes to Logic

A. C. Lloyd

in The Anatomy of Neoplatonism

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198238065
eISBN:
9780191597916
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198238061.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy

Examines the role played by the Aristotelian logic in Neoplatonic philosophers. To start with, it is remarked that Aristotelian Organon was regarded not only as a corpus of logical texts but also as ... More


The Rhetoric of Praise in the Private Orations of Themistius

Robert J. Penella

in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520223882
eISBN:
9780520925052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520223882.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter analyzes the private orations of Themistius, focusing on his rhetoric of praise. It highlights Themistius' belief that the truths of philosophy need to be broadcast widely and that ... More


The Rhetoric of Landscape in Gregory of Nyssa’s Homilies on the Song of Songs

Morwenna Ludlow

in Art, Craft, and Theology in Fourth-Century Christian Authors

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198848837
eISBN:
9780191883217
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198848837.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter examines Gregory of Nyssa’s exegesis of Song 2:10–13: he reads this as an ekphrasis of spring, which he then elaborates himself in a similar literary style. The chapter begins by ... More


Beauty Transfigured

David Konstan

in Beauty: The Fortunes of an Ancient Greek Idea

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199927265
eISBN:
9780190205508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199927265.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter examines the extension of the term kállos to things other than the human form, and the corresponding widening of its sense from sexual attractiveness or desirability to the ... More


Tyranny and Blood: Constantius, Constans, Magnentius, and Vetranio

Adrastos Omissi

in Emperors and Usurpers in the Later Roman Empire: Civil War, Panegyric, and the Construction of Legitimacy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198824824
eISBN:
9780191863516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198824824.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines three moments of political crisis during the period 337‒54. First, the chapter defends the notion that the so-called ‘great massacre’ of 337was orchestrated by, or with the ... More


Panegyric and Apology: The Accession of Jovian and the Usurpation of Procopius

Adrastos Omissi

in Emperors and Usurpers in the Later Roman Empire: Civil War, Panegyric, and the Construction of Legitimacy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198824824
eISBN:
9780191863516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198824824.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter opens by considering the accession of Jovian, a case study of how political expedient could dominate the tone and content of panegyrics. Themistius’ Oratio V presents Jovian’s ... More


Dismembering the House of Valentinian: The Usurpation of Theodosius and the War with Magnus Maximus

Adrastos Omissi

in Emperors and Usurpers in the Later Roman Empire: Civil War, Panegyric, and the Construction of Legitimacy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198824824
eISBN:
9780191863516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198824824.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter begins by exploring the accession of the emperor Theodosius and then events of the period 378‒9. Recognizing deficiencies and inconsistencies within the various, later, historical ... More


Old Comedy Transformed: Libanius and the Fourth Century

Anna Peterson

in Laughter on the Fringes: The Reception of Old Comedy in the Imperial Greek World

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190697099
eISBN:
9780190697129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190697099.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The fourth century witnessed significant changes in how Old Comedy was read and understood. Not the least significant factor responsible for these changes was the shrinking of the corpus of plays ... More


Early Christianity and Freedom of Religion, 200–400 CE

Richard Sorabji

in Moral Conscience through the Ages: Fifth Century BCE to the Present

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199685547
eISBN:
9780191765704
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685547.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

In Chapter 3, the Christian Tertullian is seen defending Christians (persecution fails to secure voluntary religious practice), but not heretics. Later, the pagan philosopher Themistius defended ... More


Roman Renewal versus Christian Progress

Edward J. Watts

in The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
June 2021
ISBN:
9780190076719
eISBN:
9780190076740
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190076719.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

Constantine’s son Constantius II particularly worked to encourage the emergence of a new, Christian Roman Empire by restricting pagan practices and transferring pagan temples to the ownership of the ... More


Paideia: Education with edification

Sviatoslav Dmitriev

in The Orator Demades: Classical Greece Reimagined Through Rhetoric

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780197517826
eISBN:
9780197517857
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197517826.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter elucidates how the fabricated images of Demades helped to affirm the importance of paideia—as education and moral instruction—for the socially privileged position of the pepaideumenoi. ... More


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