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A Clash Of Portraits:Contrasts Between Archelaus And Mani In The Acta Archelai

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This chapter seeks a closer comparison of the two main protagonists, Mani and Archelaus, with particular attention to the style and points of reference in their discourse. The author expands on his work by examining both the content and the style of the arguments, and the discourse that mediates them, in the Acts of Archelaus (AA). These two righteous individuals comfortably ensconced on their own turf, while the text devotes considerable space (1.2-3.6) to Marcellus' credentials. Mani adds the accusation that Archelaus has enslaved Marcellus, whom Mani must therefore liberate (15.1) along with the entire city (15.2). Indeed, the guiding theme of much of Mani's exposition is the wrongness of his opponent's doctrine.

Keywords: Acts of Archelaus (AA); Mani; Marcellus



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