Antioch as a Centre of Hellenic Culture, as Observed by by A.F. Norman

By A.F. Norman

Focusing at the first and final years of Libanius’ Antiochene profession (AD 354–388), this quantity illustrates his nice diversity of his rhetorical abilities, whereas even as illuminating the intrigues of urban politics and collage existence. The shorter speeches provide unprecedented insights into difficulties of sharply modern relevance – teachers’ pay, scholar indiscipline and rioting, threats from the rival Latin curriculum, accusations incompetence, in addition to daily information of educational lifestyles.

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And so our district received the god of the Persians as a loving inhabitant and an oracle of the future. Cambyses’ attitude with regard to the prophecy was not in£uenced at all by envy as usually happens. 28 They almost dissolve the harmony of the universe in their impudent tales of battles of the gods with their irreligious praises of their cities. In thus insulting the divine, they do the favours of devotion, but they do not realize that by this one falsehood they destroy the credit of the rest of their eulogies.

Thus she harassed with illness the wife of Ptolemy and told her in her dreams why she did so. She was then sent back by those who had removed her, and was restored to her ancient temple, and in view of this fact, her name was changed and she was addressed as Eleusinia. (110) Moreover in this same reign yet another portent occurred both similar to and yet di¡erent from this ¢rst. The similarity lies in the fact that it deals with the divine; the di¡erence is that it involved the importation of a deity from abroad.

An epigram (Anth. Pal. 699) on the naming of it by Alexander refers to such a claim. 32 For the Scythian campaign of Darius I (c. ) and the river Tearus, cf. Herod. 90. 33 Libanius here is the only authority to claim Alexander as a potential founder of the city, a deduction from the names of the spring, of the cult of Zeus Bottiaeus (Bottius, Malal. Chron. 193), and of Emathia (on Mt Silpius). ) notes, these were the THE ANTIOCHIKOS 21 place which could match his own exalted character. (75) He experienced two desires ^ one for our country, the other for the acquisition of the remainder of the world; one tended to make him stay, the other urged him to go on, and so he was torn between settling the place and prosecuting his campaign.

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