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Petition and Performance in the Apologies of Justin Martyr (Hardback)

Ancient History > Late Antiquity & Byzantium > Early Christianity & Patristics P&S History > Humanities

Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Gorgias Studies in Early Christianity and Patristics
Pages: 292
ISBN: 9781463239183
Published: 10th December 2020
Casemate UK Academic

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Cline advances a suggestive reading of Justin Martyr's Apologies as a subjective appropriation of the forms and practices of the Roman system of petition and response. He offers an historical contextualization of the Apologies within both contemporary administrative culture and the wider literary environment, comparing the Apologies with extant Roman-era petitions, and using this comparison to shed light on Justin's transformations of the genre and their communicative significance.

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