Macarius, Apocriticus

Introduction, Translation, and Notes

Translated with commentary by Jeremy M. Schott and Mark Edwards

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ISBN: 9781781381304

Publication: March 23, 2015

Series: Translated Texts for Historians 62

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The Apocriticus purports to be the record of a four-day public debate between a pagan philosopher, whom the text calls simply the “Hellene,” and the author, Macarius, a Christian rhetor. The text is a rich, though often neglected, source for the history of intellectual and cultural conflict between Christian and Hellene intellectuals in the fourth century CE. While the Apocriticus has frequently attracted the attention of scholars as a possible source of fragments from Porphyry’s Against the Christians, the text as a whole is significant in its own right. Macarius defends the allegorical reading of scripture and presents interesting discussions concerning ascetic practice and the cult of the martyrs. The philosophical and theological eclecticism of the text should also be of interests to scholars of early Christianity and later ancient philosophy. The fictitious dialogue weaves together philosophical and theological arguments, often in a “popularized” form. The text thus represents an interesting contrast to more formal “high” philosophical and theological texts of the period. As well as a new English translation of an important text, this volume includes notes and introductory essays setting the work in its historical and intellectual contexts.

Jeremy M. Schott is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. His previous publications include Eusebius of Caesarea: Tradition and Innovation (with Aaron Johnson, 2013) and Christianity, Empire and the Making of Religion in Late Antiquity (2008)

Professor Mark J. Edwards is Tutor in Theology at Christ Church College, Oxford. His previous publications include Catholicity and Heresy in the Early Church (2009), Image, Word and God in the Early Christian Centuries (2012) and Christians, Gnostics and Philosophers in Late Antiquity (2012)

Preface Introductory Essays I. Macarius and the Christian Tradition (Mark J. Edwards) II. The Hellene (Jeremy M. Schott) A. Macarius’ Use of a Source or Sources B. Identifying the Hellene? i.Celsus ii.Sossianus Hierocles iii.Julian iv.Porphyry C. Conclusions III. Macarius and the Apocriticus (Jeremy M. Schott) A. The Text B. Author, Provenance, and Date C. A Literary Assessment Abbreviations and Sigla Macarius, Apocriticus, or Monogenes 1. Book 1 2. Book 2 3. Book 3 4. Book 4 5. Fragments Bibliography Index

'This affordable book is undoubtedly enlightening and enjoyable, and will lead to widespread use of this vast ancient text.' (Translated from German)
Ulrich Volp, Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum


Format: Paperback

Size: 210 × 147 mm

384 Pages

ISBN: 9781781381304

Publication: March 23, 2015

Series: Translated Texts for Historians 62

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