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Explaining the Cosmos


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Preface Abbreviations 1 Introduction 1.1 Culture and Ideas, Conflict and Identity 1.2 Introducing Aeneas, Zacharias and Procopius Part One: Creating Gazan Cultures 2 Late-Antique Gaza: Teachers, Monks and Philosophers 2.1 Social and Material Contours of Late-Antique Gaza 2.2 Gazan Rhetorical Schools within Late-Antique Education 2.3 Gazan Monasteries and the Schools 2.4 Conclusions 3 Gazan Culture Performed and Transformed by Aeneas, Zacharias and Procopius 3.1 Gaza through Aeneas' Letters 3.2 Creating Cultures through the Creation Debates 3.3 Reconfiguring Neoplatonic Claims to Power through Narrative and Genre 3.4 Conflict and Complexity Part Two: Explaining Creation 4 Christian and Neoplatonic Creations 4.1 Christian Creations 4.2 Gazans and Contemporary Neoplatonism 4.3 Neoplatonic Creations 4.4 Building on Different Traditions 5 Procopius on Creation and Eternity 5.1 Problems of a Commentator 5.2 God and Matter 5.3 Matter, Freedom and Determinism 5.4 Time and Cause 5.5 Theodicy 5.6 Problems and Solutions 6 Aeneas and Zacharias on Creation and Eternity 6.1 Matter, Cause and Time 6.2 Creation and Eschatology 6.3 Creation and Ethics 6.4 Creation and Triunity 6.5 Creation and the Soul 6.6 Monastic Problems: Aeneas and Origenism 6.7 Problems and Solutions 7 Conclusions: Creation Creating Cultures 7.1 Creatio Continua 7.2 Creation of Ideas and Local Cultures Bibliography Index Locorum General Index

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Michael W. Champion is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Western Australia.


"Champion has written an orderly and readable book about a major subject and an interesting 'location' which nowadays attracts the specialists of Late Antiquity for its complex cultural visage. He undoubtedly displays a good ability for synthesis, especially in the second part of his work, by summarizing and positively exploiting previous research." --Lorenzo Perrone, Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science "[S]erves as an excellent case study for the intellectual history of the eastern Mediterranean in the late-fifth and early-sixth centuries. The clarity with which Champion teases apart strands of Neoplatonic and Christian thought will prove highly useful to students and scholars of late-antique philosophy, religion and intellectual history." --Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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