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Orosius and the Rhetoric of History

Peter Van Nuffelen


The Histories against the pagans of Orosius, written in 416/7, has been one of the most influential works in the history of Western historiography. Often read as a theology of history, it has rarely been set against the background of ancient historiography and rhetorical practice in the fourth and fifth centuries ad. Arguing for the closeness of rhetoric and historiography in Antiquity, this book shows how Orosius situates himself consciously in the classical tradition and draws on a variety of rhetorical tools to shape his narrative, such as a subtle web of intertextual allusions, in particul ... More

Keywords: Orosius, Augustine, rhetorical education, exempla, pathos, christian views of rome, church and society, Vergil, historiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199655274
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655274.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Van Nuffelen, author
Research Professor of Ancient History, Ghent University