Politics, Philosophy and Empire in the Fourth Century

Themistius’ Select Orations

Translated with commentary by Peter Heather and David Moncur

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ISBN: 9780853231066

Publication: March 1, 2001

Series: Translated Texts for Historians 36

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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 favour with the Emperor, who catapulted him into the Constantinople Senate in 355. He was similarly favoured 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.

Abbreviations Preface Chapter 1: Orator, Emperor, and Senate Philosophy and Oratory Philosophy and Politics The Usefulness of Philosophy Orator and Audience Chapter 2: Themistius and Constantius General Introduction Oration 1 - On the Love of Mankind or Constantius The Letter of Constantius to the Senate Oration 3 - Embassy Speech for Constantinople Delivered in Rome Chapter 3 - After Julian General Introduction Oration 5 - On the Consulship, to the Emperor Jovian Oration 6 - On Brotherly Love, or On Philanthropia Chapter 4: Theodosius, Gratian, and the Goths General Introduction Oration 14 - Embassy to the Emperor Theodosius Oration 15 - To Theodosius or The Most Royal of the Virtues Oration 16 - Speech of Thanksgiving to the Emperor for the Peace and the Consulship of the General Saturninus Chapter 5: Philosopher Prefect General Introduction Oration 17 - On the Election to the Urban Prefecture Oration 34 - In Reply to Those who Found Fault with Him for Accepting Public Office Bibliography Index

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 x 156 mm

320 Pages

Copyright: © 2001

ISBN: 9780853231066

Publication: March 1, 2001

Series: Translated Texts for Historians 36

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