By Raffaella Cribiore
This ebook is a research of the fourth-century sophist Libanius, an enormous highbrow determine who ran the most prestigious faculties of rhetoric within the later Roman Empire. He used to be a tenacious adherent of pagan faith and a pal of the emperor Julian, but additionally taught leaders of the early Christian church like St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the nice. Raffaella Cribiore examines Libanius's education and character, exhibiting him to be a colourful educator, even though a little bit gloomy and concerned through nature. She strains how he cultivated a large community of pals and previous scholars and courted robust officers to recruit best scholars. Cribiore describes his university in Antioch--how scholars utilized, how they have been evaluated and knowledgeable, and the way Libanius pronounced growth to their households. She information the pro possibilities thorough education in rhetoric unfolded for younger males of the day. additionally incorporated listed below are translations of 2 hundred of Libanius's most crucial letters on schooling, nearly none of that have seemed in English before.
Cribiore casts into impressive aid the significance of rhetoric in past due antiquity and its effect not just on pagan intellectuals but additionally on widespread Christian figures. She provides a balanced view of Libanius and his circle opposed to the far-flung landscape of the Greek East.