Lo scontro tra formazione classica e pensiero cristiano : La vita e miracoli di Santa Tecla

Author: Narro, Ángel
Source document: Graeco-Latina Brunensia. 2010, vol. 15, iss. 2, pp. [127]-138
  • ISSN
    1803-7402 (print)
    2336-4424 (online)
Type: Article
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The Life and Miracles of Saint Thekla is a hagiographical text written in the fifth century by an unknown rhetorician born in the Eastern city of Seleucia. He must have had a classical education as it is evident from the prologue where he refers to the two most notable classical historians: Herodotus and Thucydides. His source was an apocryphal text, The Acts of Paul and Thekla, which he freely modified through his remarkable rhetoric ability. However, this is not only a hagiographical story, but the author wanted to present it as real history. In order to pursue his goal, he introduced numerous changes and offered a very good example of the crossroad between classical tradition and Christian religion.