Humiliation of the Wise?


The paper deals with the transformations of the ancient concept of paideia in the context of early Christianity in the form of a cultural-historical probe. It focuses on a few selected authors who created esteemed interpretive schemes, such as Tatian the Syrian’s defence of barbarian philosophy, in which he included the Hebrew tradition and the Christian gospel, the spiritual dimension of the educational process in the Alexandrian exegeses and desert monks, or the mediation of Christian ethics and emerging orthodoxy in the work of Basil the Great.

Keywords: ancient culture, early Christianity, history of mentalities, history of pedagogy, history of philosophy

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