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Libanius
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(314, Antioch – c. 393, Antioch) was the most significant orator and teacher of rhetoric (I) of the late imperial period. Working in Antioch, he had Julian the Apostate as well as famous Christian preachers such as John Chrysostom among his students. Libanius advocated a form of Hellenism in which language, style, and content, including the basic religious outlook, would be inseparably interwoven. Christian education was not to be granted access to the Greek paideia (Education, Theory of: II), and especially not to rhetoric. The conceptual proximity of L…

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Harich-Schwarzbauer, Henriette, “Libanius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12956>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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