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P. Oxy. III 411: Life of Alcibiades - a scholastic biography?

  • Elena Chepel
Tuesday 28 June 2016
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden

P.Oxy. III 411 presents a brief account of Alcibiades' life covering the events from the mutilation of the Herms to his arrival at Sparta. The authorship and the date of the work are unknown. The attitude of the author to Alcibiades is positive and apologetic even at the price of contradicting Thucydides and the historical tradition in general. The paper offers a revaluation of this fragment in the light of the late antique rhetorical tradition of scholastic declamations and exercises. It is possible that the text comes from a collection of brief biographies of stock figures and was used for consultation by students of intermediate and advanced level looking for historical facts in order to compose a speech.

Elena Chepel is PhD student at the University of Reading (UK). Between 20 June and 31 August 2016 she will visit Leiden as Scaliger Fellow and Visiting Reseacher of Papyrology. She will work at the Leiden Papyrological Institute on the decipherment and edting of several unedited papyrus fragments from the Institute's collection.

You are all welcome, but please register: scaliger@library.leidenuniv.nl.


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