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Greek and barbarian paideia in Tatian's Oratio ad Graecos

Lossl, Josef 2020. Greek and barbarian paideia in Tatian's Oratio ad Graecos.
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Abstract

This book chapter traces the 'motif' of 'the barbarian' (βάρβαρος, βαρβαρικός) in Tatian's 'Oratio ad Graecos', a second century Greek Christian apology and polemic against traditional ('pagan') Greek culture. It argues that Tatian uses this motif to distance himself from the conventional Greek way of looking at Greek literary-rhetorical education (παιδεία) as a pinnacle of civilisation. As a Syrian and a Christian he deliberately styles himself as a barbarian and projects the idea of a new, barbarian, kind of Paideia, not sourced from classical Greek culture but from a wider range of cultures including biblical and oriental traditions. The chapter also discusses the past 100 years of scholarship on this topic and traces changing trends and tendencies in the way 'barbarism', or 'the barbarian', is looked at in the study of the late Hellenistic period.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: In Press
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 February 2020
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2020 13:00
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/129360

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