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Author LaValle Norman, Dawn,
Title The aesthetics of hope in late Greek imperial literature : Methodius of Olympus' Symposium and the crisis of the third century / Dawn LaValle Norman.
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019.

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Author LaValle Norman, Dawn,
Series Greek Culture in the Roman World.
Greek culture in the Roman world.
Subject Methodius, of Olympus, Saint, -311. Symposium.
Christian literature, Early -- History and criticism.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 287 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Cover -- Half-title -- Series information -- Title page -- Copyright information -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Christians among Imperial Greek Writers in the Third Century -- Looking Back and Looking Forward -- Positioning the Third Century between the Second Sophistic and Late Antiquity -- Methodius of Olympus and his Symposium -- The Shape of This Book -- Chapter 1 Mapping Third-Century Literature from the Severans to Constantine -- The Crisis of the Third Century -- After Philostratus, Plotinus and Origen: The Literature of the "Third Century Crisis" (235-315)
Shifting Centers and Connectivity between Them -- New Third-Century Centers -- Lycia in the Rhetorical Networks of the Third Century -- The Question of a Third-Century Aesthetic -- Chapter 2 The End of Dialogue?: The Christianization of a Tradition -- Phantasia, Mimesis and the Delights of Dialogue -- Philosophical Dialogue and Erotapokriseis: Method versus Content -- Why Dialogue? -- Fantasizing Philosophers, Training the Imagination -- Participatory Insertion -- Changing Interpersonal Constellations -- Authorial Authority -- How to Ask a Question: The Classroom
The Trial of Words: The Courtroom -- Neoplatonic Dialogues -- Conclusion -- Chapter 3 Compilation and Unity in Imperial Sympotic Traditions -- Defining the Symposium -- Belatedness -- Ancient and Modern Definitions -- The Three Waves: Xenophon vs. Plato -- The Second-Wave Symposia of Plutarch and Athenaeus -- Xenophon and the Origins of the Episodic Symposium -- From Xenophon to Plutarch -- Plutarch's Quaestiones Convivales to Athenaeus' Deipnosophists -- Plutarch's Symposium of the Seven Sages to Lucian's Lapiths -- The Third-Wave Symposia of Methodius and Julian
Plato and the Origin of the Unified Symposium -- From Plato to Methodius and Julian: A New Type of Symposium -- Shadow-Image-Reality -- Conclusion -- Chapter 4 Rhetoric and the Problem of Rivalry -- Silence, Performance and the Problem of Rivalry -- The Sophistic Rivalry among the Virgins -- Methodius' Sophistic Stance towards his Audience -- The Parallel in Intellectual Activity between Methodius and his Virgins -- The Persistence of Difference: Harmony and Variation -- Harmony and Variation in Rhetoric -- Harmony and Variation among the Speeches of the Virgins
Note Death and Song: Chronotope in Philostratus, Lucian and Methodius
Summary An early Christian dialogue with an all-female cast makes us rethink how literature was changing during the third century CE.
Note Description based on print version record.
ISBN 9781316999042 (electronic bk.)
1316999041 (electronic bk.)
9781108657389 (electronic book)
1108657389 (electronic book)
9781108494175 (hardcover)
110849417X (hardcover)
9781108713993 (paperback)
1108713998 (paperback)
OCLC # 1129201258
Additional Format Print version: LaValle Norman, Dawn. Aesthetics of Hope in Late Greek Imperial Literature : Methodius of Olympus' Symposium and the Crisis of the Third Century. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019 9781108494175.

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