City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria

City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria

By (author) Edward J. Watts


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A lively and wide-ranging study of the men and ideas of late antique education, this book explores the intellectual and doctrinal milieux in the two great cities Athens and Alexandria from the second to the sixth century to shed new light on the interaction between the pagan cultural legacy and Christianity. Watts crafts two narratives that reveal how differently education was shaped by the local power structures and urban contexts of each city. He touches on the careers of Herodes Atticus, Proclus, Damascius, Ammonius Saccus, Origen, Hypatia and Olympiodorus, and on events including the Herulian sack of Athens and the rise of Arian Christianity to show that by the sixth century, Athens and Alexandria had two distinct, locally determined approaches to pagan teaching with their roots in the unique historical relationships between city and school.

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 20mm | 421.84g
  • 10 Sep 2008
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley
  • English
  • 0520258169
  • 9780520258167
  • 714,677

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Edward J. Watts is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Indiana University.

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