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Libanius the Sophist: Rhetoric, Reality, and Religion in the Fourth Century

Raffaella Cribiore


Libanius of Antioch was a rhetorician of rare skill and eloquence. So renowned was he in the fourth century that his school of rhetoric in Roman Syria became among the most prestigious in the Eastern Empire. This book draws on the entire body of Libanius's vast literary output—including 64 orations, 1,544 letters, and exercises for his students—to offer the fullest intellectual portrait yet of this figure whom John Chrystostom called “the sophist of the city.” Libanius (314–ca. 393) lived at a time when Christianity was celebrating its triumph but paganism tried to resist. Although himself a p ... More

Keywords: Libanius of Antioch, rhetorician, pagan, Christianity, Chrysostom, Basil of Caesarea, Late Antiquity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452079
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raffaella Cribiore, author
New York University