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Barbarians and Politics at the Court of Arcadius. The Transformation of the Classical Heritage, University of California Press, Not many years later, Constantinople was the site of a rebellion and a massacre, in which thousands of Goths were butchered by Roman citizens.
The stated purpose of this book is to reinterpret this episode, one that had batbarians reverberations. This reinterpretation comes primarily through a fresh examination of the works of an eyewitness, Synesius of Cyrene, and especially his De regno and De providentia.
Cameron whose book this is, for the most part; the contributions of Long and Sherry will be noted when apposite has thus provided the Eastern counterpart to his Western-oriented Claudian: Poetry and Propaganda at the Court of Honorius Oxford, The episode in question has not lacked for acradius attention, and chapter one gives an overview of the problems. The demolition begins in earnest in chapter two, which focuses on Synesius and the details of his life.
Synesius, of course, became bishop of Ptolemais in Libya in His embassy successful, Synesius stayed and became further embroiled in local politics.
Cameron boldly reconfigures the chronology of these years by relocating the only fixed point, an earthquake during which Synesius, as he himself describes, left for homefromwhere Seeck had placed it and where others, such as Roques, still doto De regno is analyzed in chapter four.
It seems that this work on the virtues and duties of the ideal king, although addressed to Arcadius, was much too offensive to have been delivered before him. Despite the customary practice of parrhesia by philosophers and its new politcis by bishops, prudence still dictated restraint.
The summary and discussion of De regno are very illuminating; one wonders wrcadius a translation is lacking. The analysis of De providentiathe heart of this book, begins with chapter five.
Within the allegorical framework of the myth of Osiris and Typhos from which Isis has been omittedSynesius gives his perspective on the political situation in Constantinople in — Cameron painstakingly demonstrates the high degree of distortion, while simultaneously courr, in brilliant fashion, the factual value of the tale.
Osiris represents Aurelian, obviously. The evil Typhos, says Cameron, represents Caesarius, which is much less obvious.
Barbarians and Politics at the Court of Arcadius
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