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By A.F. Norman

Focusing at the first and final years of Libanius’ Antiochene profession (AD 354–388), this quantity illustrates his nice diversity of his rhetorical talents, whereas while illuminating the intrigues of urban politics and college existence. The shorter speeches provide remarkable insights into difficulties of sharply modern relevance – teachers’ pay, scholar indiscipline and rioting, threats from the rival Latin curriculum, accusations incompetence, in addition to daily information of educational lifestyles.

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Immediately after the foundation of Seleuceia Pieria which was probably intended by Seleucus as his new capital instead of Seleuceia-on-Tigris. Malalas’ account of the foundation of Antioch (Chron. ) gives more details of the two foundations, only reporting Seleucus’ activities in Seleuceia, which Libanius has here edited out, evidently as incompatible with his panegyric on Antioch, later to become the acknowledged capital. THE ANTIOCHIKOS 23 pass, as previously it had happened with its ¢rst beginnings.

He wanted it to belong to his own kingdom and so went o¡ with it. There the goddess was worshipped but she longed to return to our city. Thus she harassed with illness the wife of Ptolemy and told her in her dreams why she did so. She was then sent back by those who had removed her, and was restored to her ancient temple, and in view of this fact, her name was changed and she was addressed as Eleusinia. (110) Moreover in this same reign yet another portent occurred both similar to and yet di¡erent from this ¢rst.

18 The port is Seleucia Pieria. 751). Cf. Downey (1961), 63, note 63 for a brief discussion of variants. THE ANTIOCHIKOS 15 their successors and those who succeeded them also, and I should show everyone that it was a ¢ne land with ¢ne people in it ^ as, for example, a well found ship has a good crew. (43) Yet though my speech may seem too long for the occasion, I shall deal with only a fraction of the subject. The fact is that there is such a mass of past history that, even if I pass much of it over in silence, my oration still cannot help appearing too long.

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