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Title: Autobiography and Selected Letters 51-193, Volume 2 (L479)
Author: Libanius, A F Norman (trans)
Publisher: Harvard University Press; Publication Date: 1992
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780674995284
Volumes: 1; Pages: 496
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A professing pagan in an aggressively Christian empire, a friend of the emperor Julian and acquaintance of St. Basil, and a potent spokesman for private and political causes, Libanius has much to tell us about the tumultuous world of the 4th century. Born in Antioch to a wealthy family steeped in the traditions of Hellenism, Libanius rose to fame as a teacher of the classics. In his lifetime, he was an acknowledged master of the art of letter writing, and today his letters offer a vivid picture of the culture and political intrigues of the eastern empire. A. F. Norman selects an eighth of the 1,550 extant letters. The letters are complemented by Libanius's Autobiography (Oration 1), a revealing narrative that begins as a scholar's account and ends as an old man's private journal.