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Osiris is obviously Aurelian, praefectus praetorio Orientis ofbut scholars have been split over whether Caesarius or Eutychianus should be Typhos, who in the de prouidentia is explicitly stated to have directly succeeded Osiris as King of Egypt i. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Most of politis who have read this far will probably want to know how C.

Barbarians and Politics at the Court of Arcadius

The topic that C. Open Preview See a Problem? Refresh and try again. Since the works of Synesius figure so prominently in the interpretation of events, C.

Cameron whose book this is, for the most part; the contributions of Long and Sherry will be noted when apposite has thus provided the Eastern counterpart to his Western-oriented Claudian: The book reads exactly how you might expect a scholarly work to read.

Chapters Five and Six analyse the de prouidentiaSynesius’ Egyptian allegory, the other work he od while in Constantinople and the key to any interpretation of the years pp.


And when Cameron and Long 1 are done, it turns out that most of what we thought we knew was wrong.

Barbarians and Politics at the Court of Arcadius. In Synesius’ de prouidentia the two protagonists are hidden behind the allegorical disguises of Osiris and Typhos.

It seems that this work on the virtues and duties of the ideal king, although addressed to Arcadius, was much too offensive to have been delivered before him. This is stirring stuff, and it has zrcadius handed down as one of the turning points in Late Roman and early Byzantine history, with only a few serious modifications along the way.

Barbarians and politics at the Court of Arcadius

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Olyvia marked it as to-read Apr 11, The episode in question has not lacked for modern attention, and chapter one gives an overview of the problems. It is here that the standard idea of the pro- and anti-barbarian parties begins to come off the rails, for Synesius’ anti-barbarian rhetoric concerns Alaric, not Tribigild as Peter Heather has already shown; cf.

And, most interestingly, it all began as a response to a paper by T. Trivia About Barbarians and Po Mauro marked it as to-read Nov 06, arfadius Cameron devotes Hm so during my time reading this, I had a bit of dream involving Synesius.


This is supported by the dates of the three extracts ‘III id. The East was returned to the hands of the Romans, while the West, especially its army, fell more deeply into the clutches of the barbarians, who would in the end lead to its downfall. In the end, as I stated above, everything we thought we knew turns out to be flawed or just plain wrong.

The stated purpose of this book is to reinterpret this episode, one that had far-ranging reverberations. Barnes that eventually appeared in GRBS for p. Now, the creepy factor aside: As regards its content, I should only say that I still cout help but think that the wolf of Synesius’ riddle pp.

Then at some point early in the compilation process, the first ‘kal. In this masterly study, Alan Cameron and Jacqueline Long propose a complete rewriting of received wisdom concerning the social and political history of these years.

Sign in to use this feature. Journal of Early Christian Studies. The author works mostly from Synesius’ extant writing; prominently his astute letter to the emperor Arcadius, De Regno; and his tale, ‘Aegyptus sive de providentia’.