The social world of intellectuals in the Roman Empire sophists, philosophers, and Christians

This book examines the role of social networks in the formation of identity among sophists, philosophers and Christians in the early Roman Empire. Membership in each category was established and evaluated socially as well as discursively. From clashes over admission to classrooms and communion to co...

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Main Author: Eshleman, Kendra
Format: eBook
Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2012
Series:Greek culture in the Roman world
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Collection: Cambridge Books Online - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • "Who are you?": the social formation of identity
  • 1. Inclusion and identity
  • 2. Contesting competence: the ideal of self-determination
  • 3. Expertise and authority in the early church
  • 4. Defining the circle of sophists: Philostratus and the construction of the Second Sophistic
  • 5. Becoming orthodox: heresiology as self-fashioning
  • 6. Successions and self-definition
  • 7. 'From such mothers and fathers': succession narratives in early Christian discourse
  • Conclusion