After introducing the author and the addressee of Philostratus' letter to Julia Domna (ep. 73), this paper offers a characterisation of their relationship, a concise analysis of the functions of imperial cultural patronage for the parties involved, the first Dutch-language translation of the letter, and a concise discussion of its contents. Special attention is given to the place of the letter in the 'querelle des philosophes et des rhéteurs', and to the comparison of Julia Domna with Aspasia implied in the references to Aeschines' dialogue Aspasia.
|Translated title of the contribution
|The sophist, the empress, and the concubine
|Number of pages
|Published - 1997