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Classical rhetoric in Greek Late Antique collections of documents

Grant number: 12/18601-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2013
Effective date (End): January 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Classical Languages
Principal researcher:Marcos Martinho dos Santos
Grantee:Luise Marion Frenkel
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The research topic are letters and speeches composed in the first half of the fifth century A.D., and then transmitted in Greek and Latin collections of conciliar documents. The aim of the research is the study of the rhetorical effects on the reception of the texts, distinguishing the immediate and the later receptions of the works and the collections, that is, the 'original public', addressed by the author when writing his letter or speech, and a 'later public' which the compiler had in mind when assembling the texts. Investigating the circulation, transcription, translation and diffusion of the collections, the research will encompass a study of the reading contexts, tackling the transmission and reception from the sixth to the fifteenth century, in the West as well as in the East. The analysis of the works will take into account the literary, historical, and political context in order to understand the various interpretations by the immediate and later audiences. In this way, the research will contribute to studies of the rhetorical resources employed by Late Antique authors and compilers. Furthermore, it will allow a better understanding of the cultural and social situation of the authors, representative of sixth-century political and religious leaders in Asia Minor and North Africa, and of the original public, investigating the degree of their formal classical education, and of their familiarity with the values of paideia. Moreover, the research will contribute to the study of the intellectual training after the Second Sophistics, contextualising the formation and development of Western medieval education. Among the expected research outputs are the publication of papers in academic journals, and presentations in scientific meetings of the main results of this project.

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