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Overview

Holy men, both pagan and Christian are persistent and puzzling figures in the religious life of the Roman Empire. In this first historical study of Holy Men for more than half a century, Dr Anderson applies techniques of literary analysis to throw light on the lifestyles and behaviour of these figures, from Jesus Christ to Peregrinus Proteus to dio Chrysostom, stressing their individuality as much as their common features.
Sage, Saint and Sophist examines the variety of services, real or imaginary, that these colouful figures had to offer and how they maintained their credibility to become the objects of successful religious cults.

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Examines the lifestyle and behavior of Jewish, Christian, and Pagan holy men of the Early Roman Empire, and their contributions to the changing religious climate of faith and superstition, bringing literary and prosopographical analysis techniques to bear on a cross- section of figures, from Jesus Christ to Peregrinus Proteus. Of interest to students of the Early Roman Empire, ancient religion, and Early Christianity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415023726
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/17/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
1 Concepts: The Holy Man and His Milieux 1
2 Viewpoints: Perceptions and Perspectives 16
3 Patterns: Lives and Lifestyles 34
4 Wisdom: Crafts, Cunning, Credulity 54
5 Acclamation: The Rhetoric of Revelation 73
6 Action: Display and Intervention 86
7 Alliance: Disciples, Clients, Patrons 113
8 Opposition: False Prophets, Cheats and Charlatans 131
9 Authority: Caesars, Principalities and Powers 151
10 Travel: Holy Men on the Move 167
11 Representation: The Holy Man in Fiction 178
12 Prestige: The Enhancement of Holiness 188
13 Progress: Continuities and Comparisons 198
14 Epilogue: Varieties of Ambiguity 218
Appendix: Jesus the Jew; Jesus the Magician 222
Notes 228
Select bibliography 270
Index 280
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