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Public Disputation, Power, and Social Order in Late Antiquity (Transformation of the Classical Heritage)
Publisher: University of California Press | ISBN: 0520085779 | edition 1995 | PDF | 296 pages | 1,2 mb
Richard Lim explores the importance of verbal disputation in Late Antiquity, offering a rich socio-historical and cultural examination of the philosophical and theological controversies. He shows how public disputation changed with the advent of Christianity from a means of discovering truth and self-identification to a form of social competition and "winning over" an opponent. He demonstrates how the reception and practice of public debate, like other forms of competition in Late Antiquity, were closely tied to underlying notions of authority, community and social order.