Politics, Philosophy, and Empire in the Fourth Century: Select Orations of Themistius

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Liverpool University Press, 2001 - History - 361 pages
Around the year 350, a young orator and philosopher called Themistius delivered a speech to the Emperor Constantius II in Ancyra (modern Ankara). Themistius found great favor with the Emperor, who catapulted him into the Constantinople Senate in 355. He was similarly favored by subsequent emperors – Jovian (363–64), Valens (364–78) and Theodosius (379–95). This volume presents translations of a selection of the speeches of Themistius, grouped into chapters that deal either with a key period in the evolution of his career or with a sequence of events of particular historical significance.
 

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Contents

ORATOR EMPEROR AND SENATE
1
THEMISTIUS AND CONSTANTIUS
43
AFTER JULIAN
137
THEODOSIUS GRATIAN AND THE GOTHS
199
PHILOSOPHER PREFECT
285
On the Election to the Urban Prefecture
298
BIBLIOGRAPHY
335
INDEX
349
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Peter Heather is currently reader in History at University College London. His previous books include Goths and Romans 332-489 (Clarendon Press, 1991), The Goths in the Fourth Century (with John Matthews, TTH 11, Liverpool University Press, 1991) and The Goths (Blackwell Publishers, 1996).David Moncur read Classics at the University of St. Andrews and then undertook postgraduate research into Aristophanic comedy at Corpus Dhristi College, Oxford. His translations of Themistius have also appeared in The Goths in the Fourth Century (TTH11).

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