Feasting at the end : Eschatological symposia of methodius of Olympus and Julian the Apostate

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La Valle, Dawn. (2017). Feasting at the end : Eschatological symposia of methodius of Olympus and Julian the Apostate. In In M. Vinzent (Ed.). Studia Patristica XCIV : Papers presented at the Seventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2015 ; volume 20: From Tertullian to Tyconius pp. 269-284 Peeters.
AuthorsLa Valle, Dawn
EditorsM. Vinzent
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[Extract] In this article, I position the Symposia of Methodius of Olympus and Julian the Apostate as the key representatives of a distinct 'third wave' in the flexible and long-lived genre of the literary Symposium. I argue that there are two branches of the sympotic tree, one stemming primarily from Xenophon's model and one from Plato's. While modern scholars tend to think of Plato as the most influential sympotic writer, Xenophon's example was more attractive to early Imperial writers of Symposia, who created the 'second wave' of the genre, using it as a collating device particularly interested in questions about the symposium itself. However, the two later Imperial writers present the opposite case. Methodius and Julian belong to a 'third wave' of sympotic writing, ignoring the Xenophontic developments of their immediate predecessors and emphasizing the inspiration of Plato's Symposium, one in a serious and one in a satiric vein.

Page range269-284
Year2017
Book titleStudia Patristica XCIV : Papers presented at the Seventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2015 ; volume 20: From Tertullian to Tyconius
PublisherPeeters
Place of publicationLouvain, Belgium
ISBN9789042935907
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
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