In the Dion, Synesius has left us a self-portrait in which facts and fiction are intermingled in a way reminiscent of the literary devices of the Second Sophistic in general and of one of its principal representatives, Dio of Prusa, in particular. This article proposes a reading of the treatise which takes into account relevant historical as well as rhetorical parameters, and yields the conclusion that the classical ideal of paideia, as expressed by the philosopher-bishop, was not under threat by the new religion; on the contrary, this tradition was enriched and inspired by Christianity, so that it came to encompass the best of both worlds.
|Title of host publication||Synesios von Kyrene: Politik – Literatur – Philosophie, ed. by Helmut Seng and Lars Hoffmann|
|Place of Publication||Turnhout|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Name||Studies in Byzantine History and Civilization |