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Author Heath, J. M. F. (Jane M. F.), author.

Title Clement of Alexandria and the shaping of Christian literary practice : miscellany and the transformation of Greco-Roman writing / J. M. F. Heath, University of Durham
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2020


Description 1 online resource (viii, 428 pages)
Summary "Clement of Alexandria's Stromateis were celebrated in antiquity but modern readers have often skirted them as a messy jumble of notes. When scholarship on Greco-Roman miscellanies took off in the 1990s, Clement was left out as 'different' because he was Christian. This book interrogates the notion of Clement's 'Christian difference' by comparing his work with classic Roman miscellanies, especially those by Plutarch, Pliny, Gellius and Athenaeus. The comparison opens up fuller insight into the literary and theological character of Clement's own oeuvre. Clement's Stromateis are contextualised within his larger literary project in Christian formation, which began with the Protrepticus and the Paedagogus and was completed by the Hypotyposeis. Together, this stepped sequence of works structured readers' reorientation, purification and deepening prayerful 'converse' with God. Clement shaped his miscellanies as an instrument for encountering the hidden God in a hidden way, while marvelling at the variegated beauty of divine work refracted through the variegated beauty of his own textuality"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on December 23, 2020)
Subject Clement, of Alexandria, Saint, approximately 150-approximately 215. Stromata.
SUBJECT Stromata (Clement, of Alexandria, Saint) fast
Subject Christian literature, Early -- History and criticism
Classical literature -- History and criticism
Theology -- Early works to 1800
Christian literature, Early
Classical literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Early works
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020041958
ISBN 9781108918640