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The Vision Of Peace In Dio Chrysostom

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This chapter seeks to describe and analyze the vision of peace in Dio Chrysostom's Orations. The texts that the author examines fall into two main groups: the Kingship Orations and a selection of the Bithynian Orations. The Bithynian Orations directly address the issue of interand intra-city concord. The Kingship Orations approach the issue of concord indirectly. In outlining the principles of the ideal king, Dio works from the perspective that wise and prudent rule leads to stability and concord while tyrannical rule leads to instability. The frame of reference between these two sets of texts is also complementary. The Kingship Orations concern concord and peace at the level of the empire, while the Bithynian Orations operate at the level of the city. The chapter examines how each set of orations approach the issue of concord and peace. It concludes with a synthesis and overview of Dio's vision of peace.

Keywords: Bithynian Orations; Dio Chrysostom's Orations; ideal king; intra-city concord; Kingship Orations; vision of peace



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