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Shifting Genres in Late Antiquity


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Contents: Introduction, Geoffrey Greatrex. Part I Homiletics and Disputation: Medicine in transition: Christian adaptation in the later 4th-century East, Wendy Mayer; Le De obitu Theodosii d'Ambroise (395): une refonte des genres litteraires dans le creuset du sermon politique, Tiphaine Moreau; Jerome's De viris illustribus and new genres for Christian disputation in late antiquity, Colin Whiting; The transformation of heresiology in the Panarion of Epiphanius of Cyprus, Young Richard Kim. Part II Ecclesiastical Genres: Adapter le genre du breviaire plutot qu'ecrire une histoire ecclesiastique? Enquete sur le choix historiographique de Liberatus de Carthage, Philippe Blaudeau; The emergence of papal decretals: the evidence of Zosimus of Rome, Geoffrey D. Dunn; Collectio Avellana and the unspoken Ostrogoths: historical reconstruction in the 6th century, Dana Iuliana Viezure; Elements apologetiques chez Victor de Vita: exemple d'un genre litteraire en transition, Eric Fournier; Diabolical motivations: the devil in ecclesiastical histories from Eusebius to Evagrius, Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe. Part III Visual Genres: Producing distinction: aristocratic and imperial representation in the Constantinian Age, Mariana Bodnaruk; Declaring victory, concealing defeat? Continuity and change in imperial coinage of the Roman West, c.383-c.408, Christopher Doyle; The importance of being Stilicho: diptychs as a genre, Alice Christ. Part IV Procopius and Literature in the Sixth-Century Eastern Empire: Power, taste and the outsider: Procopius and the Buildings revisited, Federico Montinaro; Belisarius' second occupation of Rome and Pericles' last speech, Charles Pazdernik; Technical writing, genre and aesthetic in Procopius, Elodie Turquois; A Justinianic debate across genres on the state of the Roman Republic, Marion Kruse. Part V Technical Genres: The genre and purpose of military manuals in late antiquity, Conor Whately; Les contrats de travail dans l'Antiquite tardive: evolution du droit, evolution d'un genre?, Christel Freu; Natio, gens, provincialis, and civis: geographical terminology and personal identity in late antiquity, Ralph W. Mathisen. Part VI Other Literary Genres: The rhetoric of Varietas and epistolary encyclopedism in the Variae of Cassiodorus, Shane Bjornlie; Byzantine world chronicles: identities of genre, Sergei Mariev; Himerius and the personalization of the monody, Edward Watts. Indexes.

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Geoffrey Greatrex is Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada, where he has taught for twelve years. He organised the conference from which this book stems and is a specialist in the history of the eastern Roman empire in the fifth and sixth centuries. He is the co-author of The Chronicle of Pseudo-Zachariah Rhetor: Church and War in Late Antiquity (Liverpool, 2011) and a sub-editor for the Encyclopedia of the Roman Army (Oxford, 2014). Hugh Elton is Professor in the Department of Ancient History and Classics at Trent University, Canada, where he has taught for seven years. He was on the programme committee for the conference. He is a specialist in late Roman military history and the archaeology of late Roman Anatolia. He is the author of Warfare in Roman Europe, AD 350-425 (Oxford, 1996) and The Frontiers of the Roman Empire (London, 1996) as well as co-editor of Fifth Century Gaul: A Question of Identity? (Cambridge, 1992) and Regionalism in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor (Bordeaux, 2007).

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