A Literary Movement in Byzantine Egypt
This chapter shows that in late antiquity most Greek poets came from Upper Egypt rather than the traditional centers. They were mostly professional poets who traveled widely in search of patrons. In a period which saw the triumph of Christianity and the decline and eventual proscription of worship of the old gods, many of these poets were pagans. Though little remains of their work, which is anyway unlikely to have been of a high order, their existence and activity cast important light on the social, cultural, and political life of the later Empire. They were often men of learning, shrewd and worldly, equally proficient in the arts of poetry and politics.
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