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Eusebius' Construction Of A Christian Culture In An Apologetic Context: Reading The Praeparatio Evangelica As A Library

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This chapter demonstrates that Eusebius' Praeparatio is a complex cultural project which intertwines Christian apologetics and one of the most comprehensive reflection on the place of the Greek texts within the Christian culture. It tries to clarify Eusebius' construction of his own status as a Christian author in this project. The chapter first examines the linguistic and literary strategies through which Eusebius presents the Praeparatio as a library and a performance of erudition. It then proceed to the analysis of that which is at stake in the presentation of the Praeparatio as a library, focusing on the relationship between library and power, piety, and memory. In the ancient world, especially the Christian world, the library par excellence was that of Alexandria. In the Praeparatio, Greek literature is appropriated and becomes part of Christian culture only as far as it supports Eusebius' apologetic purposes.

Keywords: Alexandria; Christian culture; Eusebius' methodology; praeparatio Evangelica



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