Dio Chrysostom: Politics, Letters, and Philosophy by Simon Swain

Dio Chrysostom: Politics, Letters, and Philosophy

bySimon Swain

Paperback | April 6, 2005

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Dio Chrysostom (c. AD 45-115) is one of the most important writers, thinkers, and politicians from the flourishing world of the Greeks under Rome. His many surviving essays and speeches offer historians, philosophers, and students of literature an impressive range of high-quality writing,original reflection on ethics and social affairs, and intelligent, complex appraisal of the Roman Empire at the height of its power.This volume contains eleven new assessments of the key areas of Dio's life and works by an international team of experts. For the first time studies of Dio's thoughts on civic and imperial life are placed alongside studies both of the sophisticated techniques which he used to expound his politicaland social message and of the sources that gave him the moral authority to do so. A common theme throughout is the interrelation of writing and power against the background of Dio's firm commitment to Hellenism in the changed circumstances of Roman rule.

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Simon Swain is Professor of Classics and Head of Department, University of Warwick

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Title:Dio Chrysostom: Politics, Letters, and PhilosophyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:318 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.69 inPublished:April 6, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199255210

ISBN - 13:9780199255214

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Table of Contents

1. Introductory:1. Simon Swain: Reception and Interpretation2. Politics:2. Giovanni Salmeri: Dio, Rome, and the Civic Life of Asia Minor3. Paolo Desideri: City and Country in Dio4. John Ma: Public Speech and Community in the Euboicus5. Richard Hawley: Marriage, Gender, and the Family in Dio3. Letters:6. Graham Anderson: Some Uses of Storytelling in Dio7. Suzanne Said: Dio's Use of Mythology8. John Moles: The Dionian Charidemus4. Philosophy:9. Michael Trapp: Plato in Dio10. Aldo Brancacci: Dio, Socrates, and Cynicism11. Frederick Brenk: Dio on the Simple and Self-Sufficient Life

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