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Cover illustration: Relief panel of the Great Ludovisi sarcophagus, portraying a battle scene between Roman soldiers and Germans in the third century BC. Photographer unknown. Location: Palazzo Altemps, National Roman Museum.

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Names: Antonova, Stamenka Emilova, author.

Title: Barbarian or Greek? : the charge of Barbarism and early Christian apologetics / by Stamenka Emilova Antonova.

Description: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2019. | Series: Studies in the history of Christian traditions, ISSN 1573-5664 ; volume 187 | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2018024001 (print) | LCCN 2018026225 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004306240 (E-book) | ISBN 9789004306257 (hardback : alk. paper)

Subjects: LCSH: Church history--Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600. | Christianity--Controversial literature. | Apologetics.

Classification: LCC BR166 (ebook) | LCC BR166 .A58 2018 (print) | DDC 270.1--dc23

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ISSN 1573-5664

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Barbarian or Greek?

The Charge of Barbarism and Early Christian Apologetics