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Title: Seeking out the Remote and the Divine: Story Paradigms Shaping Second Sophistic 'Lives'
Contributor(s): Moignard, Katherine Anne (author); Horsley, Gregory (supervisor); Stanton, Gregory  (supervisor)
Conferred Date: 2016
Copyright Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: This thesis arose from the observation that two sorts of journeys commonly described in Second Sophistic literature – to religious and, in particular, oracular sites, and to the 'end of the earth' – are rarely considered together, although they have in common the liminal nature of their destinations. Like oracular sites, the boundaries of the earth were numinous, closer to the gods than the places we know, their inhabitants superior or in touch with the divine. The thesis proposes that, and explores the ways in which, tales of journeys of both kinds were regularly used by Second Sophistic writers to assert – or deny – the superior or even divine nature of their protagonists. Here, 'Second Sophistic writers' are identified simply as writers active in the period c. 60-230 CE.
Publication Type: Thesis Doctoral
Field of Research (FoR): 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Rights Statement: Copyright 2015 - Katherine Anne Moignard
HERDC Category Description: T2 Thesis - Doctorate by Research
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