This book is the first comprehensive study of Himerius'figure and work in the context of the late Roman empire. Unlike Libanius and Themistius Himerius is often considered a singing sophist who has no interests in politics and nothing to say. The book offers a challenging view and revalues the role of this very neglected Greek intellectual in the cultural and political history of the fourth century A. D. Three aspects are examined: 1) the Athenian milieu; 2) the speeches addressed to proconsuls of Greece; 3) the speeches declaimed in Constantinople and the relationships with Julian Emperor. Himerius stands out as a central figure of the Athenian revival in Late Antiquity and in the pagan foundation of Constantinople by Julian the Apostate.
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] Imerio and his time
Lingua originaleItalian
EditoreL'Erma di Bretschneider
Numero di pagine356
ISBN (stampa)978-88-8265-760-4
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2012


  • Atene tardoantica
  • Himerius
  • Imerio di Prusia
  • Impero romano
  • Late antique Athens
  • Roman Empire


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