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Surrogate fathers: imaginary dialogue and patristic culture in late antiquity

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Christians in late antiquity did much of their best debating in their opponents’ absence. As a mode of polemical argumentation, imaginary dialogue is ubiquitous in late-antique Christian literature. Disputants were prone to reinvent rivals in the texts they wrote against them. The refutation of heretical opponents entailed imagining (and deviously mischaracterising) their views, before delivering a response. Virtual dialogue was thus the essential mode of polemical exegesis: he/they say this ...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1111/emed.12184

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Oxford, HUM, History Faculty
Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Early Medieval Europe Journal website
Volume:
25
Issue:
1
Pages:
19–37
Publication date:
2017-01-06
Acceptance date:
2016-10-07
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1468-0254
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pubs:648407
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uri:d843088b-472d-4cfb-8ea4-570e98303fff
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uuid:d843088b-472d-4cfb-8ea4-570e98303fff
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pubs:648407

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