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At the Limits of Art: A Literary Study of Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi

Janet Downie


This book presents a reassessment of Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi, a unique first-person narrative from the ancient world. While scholars have embraced the Logoi as a rich source for Imperial-era religion, politics and elite culture, the style of the text has presented a persistent stumbling block to literary analysis. Setting this dream-memoir of illness and divine healing in the context of Aristides’ professional concerns as an orator, this book investigates the text’s rhetorical aims and literary aspirations. The book begins from the proposition that understanding the Hieroi Logoi require ... More

Keywords: Aelius Aristides, Hieroi Logoi, Second Sophistic, Oratory, Religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199924875
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199924875.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Downie, author
Princeton University