Barbarian or Greek?

The Charge of Barbarism and Early Christian Apologetics

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Stamenka E. Antonova
Studies in the History of Christian Traditions
  • Boston, MA: 
    , November
     336 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


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In her book Barbarian or Greek?: The Charge of Barbarism and Early Christian Apologetics, Stamenka Antonova examines different aspects of the charge of barbarism in the Greek and Latin Christian apologetic texts (2-4th centuries) and the various responses to it by the early Christians. The author demonstrates that the charge of barbarism encompasses a broad range of meanings, such as low social class, inadequate education, immorality, criminal activity, political treason, as well as foreign ethnicity and language. In addition to contextualizing the charge of barbarism in ancient rhetorical practices, the author also applies literary criticism and post-colonial theory to shed light on the concept of the barbarian as an ideological-rhetorical tool for othering, marginalization and persecution in the Roman Empire.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Stamenka Antonova has published a number of articles in her field and has also edited the volume Women in the Eastern Christian Tradition (New York: Theotokos, 2013).


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