ABSTRACT

Holy men, both pagan and Christian are persistent and puzzling figures in the religious life of the Roman Empire. In this first historical study of Holy Men for more than half a century, Dr Anderson applies techniques of literary analysis to throw light on the lifestyles and behaviour of these figures, from Jesus Christ to Peregrinus Proteus to dio Chrysostom, stressing their individuality as much as their common features.
Sage, Saint and Sophist examines the variety of services, real or imaginary, that these colouful figures had to offer and how they maintained their credibility to become the objects of successful religious cults.

chapter 1|15 pages

CONCEPTS: THE HOLY MAN AND HIS MILIEUX

chapter 2|18 pages

VIEWPOINTS: PERCEPTIONS AND PERSPECTIVES

chapter 3|20 pages

PATTERNS: LIVES AND LIFESTYLES

chapter 4|19 pages

WISDOM: CRAFTS, CUNNING, CREDULITY

chapter 5|13 pages

ACCLAMATION: THE RHETORIC OF REVELATION

chapter 6|27 pages

ACTION: DISPLAY AND INTERVENTION

chapter 7|18 pages

ALLIANCE: DISCIPLES, CLIENTS, PATRONS

chapter 10|11 pages

TRAVEL: HOLY MEN ON THE MOVE

chapter 11|10 pages

REPRESENTATION: THE HOLY MAN IN FICTION

chapter 12|10 pages

PRESTIGE: THE ENHANCEMENT OF HOLINESS

chapter 13|20 pages

PROGRESS: CONTINUITIES AND COMPARISONS

chapter 14|4 pages

EPILOGUE: VARIETIES OF AMBIGUITY