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WOMEN IN ANTIQUITY

Sosipatra of Pergamum

Philosopher and Oracle

Heidi Marx

Sosipatra of Pergamum

WOMEN IN ANTIQUITY

Sosipatra of Pergamum

Philosopher and Oracle

WOMEN IN ANTIQUITY: Sosipatra of Pergamum

 

This volume is the first book length treatment of the elusive and intriguing fourth-century CE philosopher, teacher, and prophet Sosipatra of Pergamum. Through a rich contextualization of the ancient evidence, it presents a lively and engaging portrait of this remarkable woman.


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Beschrijving WOMEN IN ANTIQUITY: Sosipatra of Pergamum

The story of Sosipatra of Pergamum (4th century C.E.) as told by her biographer, Eunapius of Sardis in his Lives of the Philosophers and Sophists, is a remarkable tale. It is the story of an elite young girl from the area of Ephesus, who was educated by traveling oracles (daemons), and who grew up to lead her own philosophy school on the west coast of Asia Minor. She was also a prophet of sorts, channeling divine messages to her students, family, and
friends, and foretelling the future.

Sosipatra of Pergamum is the first sustained, book length attempt to tell the story of this mysterious woman. It presents a rich contextualization of the brief and highly fictionalized portrait provided by Eunapius. In doing so, the book explores the cultural and political landscape of late ancient Asia Minor, especially the areas around Ephesus, Pergamum, Sardis, and Smyrna. It also discusses moments in Sosipatra's life for what they reveal more generally about women's lives in Late
Antiquity in the areas of childhood, education, family, household, motherhood, widowhood, and professional life. Her career sheds light on late Roman Platonism, its engagement with religion, ritual, and “magic,” and the role of women in this movement. By thoroughly examining the ancient evidence, Heidi Marx
recovers a hidden yet important figure from the rich intellectual traditions of the Roman Near East.


ISBN
9780190618858
Pagina's
152
Verschenen
Serie
WOMEN IN ANTIQUITY
NUR
730
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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