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City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria

Edward J. Watts (Author)

Available worldwide

Paperback, 300 pages
ISBN: 9780520258167
September 2008
$33.95, £28.00
This lively and wide-ranging study of the men and ideas of late antique education explores the intellectual and doctrinal milieux in the two great cities of Athens and Alexandria from the second to the sixth centuries to shed new light on the interaction between the pagan cultural legacy and Christianity. While previous scholarship has seen Christian reactions to pagan educational culture as the product of an empire-wide process of development, Edward J. Watts crafts two narratives that reveal how differently education was shaped by the local power structures and urban contexts of each city. Touching on the careers of Herodes Atticus, Proclus, Damascius, Ammonius Saccas, Origen, Hypatia, and Olympiodorus; and events including the Herulian sack of Athens, the closing of the Athenian Neoplatonic school under Justinian, the rise of Arian Christianity, and the sack of the Serapeum, he shows that by the sixth century, Athens and Alexandria had two distinct, locally determined, approaches to pagan teaching that had their roots in the unique historical relationships between city and school.

1. Academic Life in the Roman Empire: Libanius to Aristaenetus
2. Athenian Education in the Second through Fourth Centuries
3. Prohaeresius and the Later Fourth Century
4. Athens and Its Philosophical Schools in the Fifth Century
5. The Closing of the Athenian Schools
6. Alexandrian Intellectual Life in the Roman Imperial Period
7. The Shifting Sands of Fourth-Century Alexandrian Cultural Life
8. Alexandrian Schools of the Fifth Century
9. The Coming Revolution

Edward J. Watts is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Indiana University.
“This is an important book [with] rich contents. What impresses the reviewer most is Watts' seemingly complete mastering of the rich and variegated literary sources of the history he tells.”—Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR)

Outstanding Publication Award, Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS)

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