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By Scott Fitzgerald Johnson

The existence and Miracles of Thekla bargains a different view at the reception of classical and early Christian literature in overdue Antiquity. This research examines the Life and Miracles as an complex instance of Greek writing and makes an attempt to situate the paintings amidst a wealth of comparable literary types from the classical global. the 1st 1/2 the lifestyles and Miracles is an erudite paraphrase of the recognized second-century Acts of Paul and Thekla. the second one part is a set of forty-six miracles that Thekla labored prior to and through the composition of the gathering.

This learn represents a close research into the literary personality of this formidable Greek paintings from overdue Antiquity.

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V. “speech presentation”; for the much debated subject of speeches in Thucydides, see Hornblower 1987:45–72 and Woodman 1988:11–15. 9 Whether the ATh is called a Christian Romance (Hägg 1983:154–165; Burrus 1987:49–60) or a Christian anti-Romance (Aubin 1998), it is always read in terms of the ancient genre of the Greek Romance. 19 Chapter One also mentions at the end of the preface. e. Acts] (τῷ περὶ τῶν ἀποστόλων συντάγματι), when he placed Theophilus at the front (προτάξας τὸν Θεόφιλον), to whom he dedicated all the toil of his divine composition.

I also examine these texts in Chapter Four and suggest that the literary history of the paratactic 30 12 This argument concerning the author’s role in the Miracles is similar to one put forward recently by Derek Krueger (2004:79–92). I distinguish my analysis of the Miracles from Krueger’s in Chapters Three and Four below (esp. pp. 164–165 and 218–220). Introduction style provides a much more welcoming context for the Miracles than any healing literature from the ancient world. This, of course, reinforces my argument that the LM is not primarily about healing at all but about a specific image of the apostolic Thekla as the tutelary spirit of late antique Seleukeia.

This is the subject of the present chapter: a running literary and rhetorical analysis of the Life which focuses on the changes that it makes to the original source text, the Acts of Paul and Thekla (ATh). What I consider significant in my analysis below are the contemporary connotations of these changes and how they contribute to the construction of an authorial voice. These are elements of the Life that most need to be explained for the sake of broader issues current in late antique studies. ) Gilbert Dagron, in his Vie et Miracles de Sainte Thècle (1978) calls the Life “une honnête travail de professionnel et un document de premier ordre pour HE FORM OF THE LITERARY PARAPHRASE 15 Chapter One une histoire du goût littéraire” (23).

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