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The School of Libanius in Late Antique Antioch
Raffaella Cribiore

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"This book is a thorough and lively account of the school of rhetoric led by the sophist Libanius. Cribiore depicts this educational system in greater detail and with more attention to context than anyone before her. She manages to convey the excitement of words and speech. The surviving quantity of Libanius's written work is enormous. Few scholars of late antiquity have even attempted to master it as a whole. Cribiore has done this with a sharp historical eye and a fine sense of style. She breathes life into a corpus of texts that have traditionally induced ennui or neglect. This is a highly significant contribution to the field of late antique studies. The scholarship is impeccable. Cribiore has a deep knowledge of her voluminous author."--Glen Bowersock, Institute for Advanced Study

"This book will be welcomed wholeheartedly by classicists who work on ancient education and those whose interests touch late imperial culture and history. By careful reading of Libanius's vast correspondence, Cribiore pieces together the most complete picture we have of this tremendously important figure's educational activities in late antiquity. One might disagree with her, but she has done her homework, and her disputes with earlier points of view are both intelligent and clear. This is a study that has long been needed."--Stephen Trzaskoma, University of New Hampshire

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