Author: Averil Cameron
Publisher: Harvard University Press
After a hundred years of political turmoil, civil war, and invasion, the Roman Empire that Diocletian inherited in AD 284 desperately needed the radical restructuring he gave its government and defenses. His successor, Constantine, continued the revolution by adopting a vibrant new religion : Christianity. The fourth century is an era of wide cultural diversity, represented by figures as different as Julian the Apostate and St. Augustine. Averil Cameron provides a vivid narrative of its events and explores central questions about the economy, social structure, urban life, and cultural multiplicity of the extended empire. Examining the transformation of the Roman world into a Christian culture, she takes note of the competition between Christianity and Neoplatonism. And she paints a lively picture of the new imperial city of Constantinople.
Author: Daniel A. Washburn
This book offers a reconstruction and interpretation of banishment in the final era of a unified Roman Empire, 284-476 CE. Author Daniel Washburn argues that exile was both a penalty and a symbol. It applied to those who committed a misstep or crossed the wrong person; it also stood as a marker of affliction or failure. Like other punishments, it articulated and cemented the power asymmetry between the punisher and the punished. Distinctively, it maneuvered the body of the banished in order to tell that tale. The process of banishment also operated as a form of negotiation between the party that exiled and the one banished. In so doing, the punishment offered the possibility for pardon, an event that glorified the pardoner and signaled submissiveness on the part of the restored. In its sources, this work employs evidence from legal as well as literary materials to forge a complete picture of exile. To harvest all possible information from the period, it considers elements from the arenas of the early church and the Roman Empire. Methodologically, it situates ancient Christianity within the Roman world, while remaining sensitive to the distinct views and roles held by late antique bishops. While banishment played a major role in the history of the Later Empire, no work of scholarship has treated it as a topic in its own right.
Author: Hans-Joachim Gehrke,Helmuth Schneider
Alles Wissenswerte zur Geschichte der Griechen und Römer. Vom Alten Orient bis zur Spätantike zeichnet das anschaulich aufbereitete Studienbuch die politischen, gesellschaftlichen, rechtlichen, wirtschaftlichen und kulturellen Entwicklungen nach. Die Beziehungen der Griechen zum Vorderen Orient und zu Ägypten, die Rolle der Etrusker, der Phönizier und Karthagos erhalten besondere Aufmerksamkeit. Im Text sind die Nummern des ergänzenden Quellenbandes verzeichnet für eine optimale parallele Benutzung. Abgerundet wird das Werk durch den aktuellen und umfangreichen Anhang, unter anderen mit Zeittafel, Angaben zu Maßen, Geldsystemen und zum Geldwert, mit Quelleneditionen, Abkürzungen, Bibliografie, Glossar, Stammtafeln, Karten und einer Aufstellung römischer Kaiser.
Author: Stephen Mitchell
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
The Second Edition of A History of the Later Roman Empirefeatures extensive revisions and updates to the highly-acclaimed,sweeping historical survey of the Roman Empire from the accessionof Diocletian in AD 284 to the death of Heraclius in 641. Features a revised narrative of the political history thatshaped the late Roman Empire Includes extensive changes to the chapters on regional history,especially those relating to Asia Minor and Egypt Offers a renewed evaluation of the decline of the empire in thelater sixth and seventh centuries Places a larger emphasis on the military deficiencies, collapseof state finances, and role of bubonic plague throughout the Europein Rome’s decline Includes systematic updates to the bibliography
Author: Alan Bowman,Peter Garnsey,Averil Cameron
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authoritative history of the Roman Empire during a critical period in Mediterranean history.
Author: Simon Hornblower,Antony Spawforth,Esther Eidinow
Publisher: OUP Oxford
What did the ancient Greeks eat and drink? What role did migration play? Why was emperor Nero popular with the ordinary people but less so with the upper classes? Why (according to ancient authors) was Oedipus ('with swollen foot') so called? For over 2,000 years the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome have captivated our collective imagination and provided inspiration for so many aspects of our lives, from culture, literature, drama, cinema, and television to society, education, and politics. Many of the roots of the way life is lived in the West today can be traced to the ancient civilizations, not only in politics, law, technology, philosophy, and science, but also in social and family life, language, and art. Beautiful illustrations, clear and authoritative entries, and a useful chronology and bibliography make this Companion the perfect guide for readers interested in learning more about the Graeco-Roman world. As well as providing sound information on all aspects of classical civilization such as history, politics, ethics, morals, law, society, religion, mythology, science and technology, language, literature, art, and scholarship, the entries in the Companion reflect the changing interdisciplinary aspects of classical studies, covering broad thematic subjects, such as race, nationalism, gender, ethics, and ecology, confirming the impact classical civilizations have had on the modern world.
On the Song of Songs
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Gregory the Great (+604) was a master of the art of exegesis. His interpretations are theologically profound, methodologically fascinating, and historically influential. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in his exegesis of the Song of Songs. Gregory’s interpretation of this popular Old Testament book not only owes much to Christian exegetes who preceded him, such as Origen, but also profoundly influenced later Western Latin exegetes, such as Bernard of Clairvaux.This volume includes all that Gregory had to say on the Song of Songs: his Exposition on the Song of Songs, the florilegia compiled by Paterius (Gregory’s secretary) and the Venerable Bede, and, finally, William of Saint Thierry’s Excerpts from the Books of Blessed Gregory on the Song of Songs. It is now the key resource for reading and studying Gregory’s interpretation of the Song of Songs.
Author: Michael David Coogan
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Examines the history, art, architecture, languages, literatures, society, and religion of Biblical Israel and early Judaism and Christianity
Author: Mark Vessey
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
A Companion to Augustine presents a fresh collection ofscholarship by leading academics with a new approach tocontextualizing Augustine and his works within themulti-disciplinary field of Late Antiquity, showing Augustine asboth a product of the cultural forces of his times and a culturalforce in his own right. Discusses the life and works of Augustine within their fullhistorical context, rather than privileging the theologicalcontext Presents Augustine’s life, works and leading ideas in thecultural context of the late Roman world, providing a vibrant andengaging sense of Augustine in action in his own time andplace Opens up a new phase of study on Augustine, sensitive to themany and varied perspectives of scholarship on late Romanculture State-of-the-art essays by leading academics in this field
Author: Gillian Clark
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sheds light on the concept of late antiquity and the events of its time, showing that this was in fact a period of great transformation
An African Perspective
Author: David T. Ngong
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
This book argues that a primary purpose of theological discourses is to construct piety or spirituality. If this is the case, theologians need to constantly inquire into the kind of piety or spirituality which their work may construct. Drawing from some important moments in the development of Christian theology, such as the development of the Christian doctrine of God in the early church, the role of material things in the Christianity of medieval Europe, some elements of contemporary postliberal theology, and the theology of inculturation in Africa, the book argues that theological discourses that appear to be orthodox and innocuous may actually construct forms of piety that may diminish human flourishing. The book therefore calls for an ethics of theology intended to ensure that the theologies we construct help in developing a piety that is conducive to human flourishing in the modern world, especially for Africans, who have suffered and continue to suffer unspeakable dehumanization. The book proposes that a theology that may contribute to the flourishing of Africans in the modern world is one that constructs an interdisciplinary spirituality that takes both the spiritual and the scientific seriously.
From Antiquity to the Present
Author: Michael Burger
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Michael Burger's goal in this inexpensive overview is to provide a brief, historical narrative of Western civilization. Not only does its length and price separate this text from the competition, but its no-frills, uncluttered format and well-written, one-authored approach make it a valuable asset for every history student. The Shaping of Western Civilization begins with the ancient Near East and ends with globalization. Unlike other textbooks that pile on dates and facts, Shaping is a more coherent and interpretive presentation. Burger's skills as writer and synthesizer will enable students to obtain the background required to ask meaningful questions of primary sources. In addition to suggestions for further reading, this overview includes over 50 images and 22 maps.
pratiques et traditions oraculaires dans l'Antiquité tardive (IIe-VIe siècles)
Author: Aude Busine
This book deals with the making and the reuses of the divine words which were ascribed to Apollo in the first centuries of our era. This comprehensive and historical approach analyses the oracles of Apollo according to the various contexts ancient authors used to resort to the sacred words. This study of the sacred texts reveals in an original manner the cultural, political, and religious life of pagans and Christians in the Roman Empire. *** Ce livre est une etude historique de l'ensemble des oracles attribues a Apollon aux premiers siecles de notre ere. Il envisage successivement les enjeux de la production de ces textes sacres et ceux de leur reutilisation par les auteurs paiens et chretiens.
Author: Averil Cameron
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden gmbh
Konnten Christen 'Dialoge fuhren'? Mit dieser Frage verknupft Averil Cameron ein starkes Pladoyer fur eine intensivere Auseinandersetzung mit einer Gattung christlicher Literatur, die in der Spatantike eine ungeheure Produktivitat entfaltete. Dialoge und Debatten, die sich gegen Haretiker, Juden, Manichaer und spater gegen Muslime richteten, fuhrten zu einer neuen Blute der antiken Dialogform und nicht zu deren Ende, wie haufig gegenteilig behauptet wurde. So vielseitig wie die unterschiedlichen Anlasse waren auch die Formen der Debatten, die haufig in todernster Absicht gefuhrt wurden. Averil Cameron behandelt die Dialoge als Teil der christlichen Literatur, um sie hinsichtlich ihrer gesellschaftlichen Dynamik und ihrer intellektuellen und literarischen Leistung zu untersuchen. Mit seinem Anmerkungsapparat und ausfuhrlichem Literaturverzeichnis ist der Band auch als Einfuhrung in einen lohnenswerten und wichtigen Forschungsbereich geeignet.