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Rhetoric and Philosophy in Late Antiquity - 20 credits (RTT309)

Philosophy and rhetoric were central to the late antique and Byzantine education system. They formed the basis for political and economic activities, social interaction, ethical and religious opinions and ways of behaviour, aesthetics, scientific and medical knowledge and many other areas of life. This module considers the place of rhetoric and philosophy in late antique and Byzantine culture and society, the way in which they were taught, the values they conveyed, and the different functions they fulfilled in society. It also considers the changes that occurred during the period, for example through the influence of Christianity. It considers different forms and schools of rhetoric and philosophy, and studies some of its main protagonists and some of the classics of late antique and Byzantine rhetorical and philosophical teaching.