City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria

City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria

Paperback The Transformation of the Classical Heritage

By (author) Edward J. Watts

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 300 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 19mm | 68g
  • Publication date: 10 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520258169
  • ISBN 13: 9780520258167
  • Sales rank: 595,556

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

Table of contents

Acknowledgments 1. Academic Life in the Roman Empire: Libanius to Aristaenetus 2. Athenian Education in the Second through Fourth Centuries 3. Prohaeresius and the Later Fourth Century 4. Athens and Its Philosophical Schools in the Fifth Century 5. The Closing of the Athenian Schools 6. Alexandrian Intellectual Life in the Roman Imperial Period 7. The Shifting Sands of Fourth-Century Alexandrian Cultural Life 8. Alexandrian Schools of the Fifth Century 9. The Coming Revolution Conclusion Bibliography Index