A Companion to Late Antiquity

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An accessible and authoritative overview capturing the vitality and diversity of scholarship that exists on the transformative time period known as late antiquity.
* Provides an essential overview of current scholarship on late antiquity - from between the accession of Diocletian in AD 284 and the end of Roman rule in the Mediterranean
* Comprises 39 essays from some of the world's foremost scholars of the era
* Presents this once-neglected period as an age of powerful transformation that shaped the modern world
* Emphasizes the central importance of religion and its connection with economic, social, and political life
* Winner of the 2009 Single Volume Reference/Humanities & Social Sciences PROSE award granted by the Association of American Publishers

Philip Rousseau is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Early Christianity at the Catholic University of America. He is the author of The Early Christian Centuries (2002), Basil of Caesarea (1994), Pachomius: The Making of a Community in Fourth-Century Egypt (1985), and Ascetics, Authority and the Church in the Age of Jerome (1978). He is the joint editor (with Tomas Hägg) of Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity (2000).


Einband Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum 09.02.2012
Herausgeber Philip Rousseau
Verlag John Wiley & Sons Inc
Seitenzahl 734
Maße (L/B/H) 24.4/17/3.9 cm
Gewicht 1281 g
Auflage 1. Auflage
Reihe Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-118-25531-5

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  • A Companion to Late Antiquity
  • List of Figures ix

    List of Maps x

    Notes on Contributors xi

    Preface and Acknowledgments xviii

    List of Abbreviations xxiii

    1 Approaching Late Antiquity 1
    Wendy Mayer

    PART I The View from the Future 15

    2 The Byzantine Late Antiquity 17
    Stratis Papaioannou

    3 Late Antiquity in the Medieval West 29
    Conrad Leyser

    4 Cities of the Mind: Renaissance Views of Early Christian Culture and the End of Antiquity 43
    Mark Vessey

    5 Narrating Decline and Fall 59
    Clifford Ando

    6 Late Antiquity in Modern Eyes 77
    Stefan Rebenich

    PART II Land and People 93

    7 The Shapes and Shaping of the Late Antique World: Global and Local Perspectives 97
    Mark Humphries

    8 Mobility and the Traces of Empire 110
    Blake Leyerle

    9 Information and Political Power 125
    Claire Sotinel

    10 Mediterranean Cities 139
    S. T. Loseby

    11 The Archaeological Record: Problems of Interpretation 156
    Olof Brandt

    12 Inscribing Identity: The Latin Epigraphic Habit in Late Antiquity 170
    Dennis E. Trout

    13 Gender and the Fall of Rome 187
    Kate Cooper

    14 Marriage and Family Relationships in the Late Roman West 201
    Judith Evans-Grubbs

    15 The Church, the Living, and the Dead 220
    Eric Rebillard

    PART III Image and Word 231

    16 The Value of a Good Education: Libanius and Public Authority 233
    Raffaella Cribiore

    17 Textual Communities in Late Antique Christianity 246
    Kim Haines-Eitzen

    18 Exegesis without End: Forms, Methods, and Functions of Biblical Commentaries 258
    Karla Pollmann

    19 Tradition, Innovation, and Epistolary Mores 270
    Jennifer Ebbeler

    20 Visual and Verbal Representation: Image, Text, Person, and Power 285
    James A. Francis

    21 Christianity and the Transformation of Classical Art 306
    Felicity Harley

    22 The Discourse of Later Latin 327
    Philip Burton

    23 Language and Culture in Late Antique Egypt 342
    Malcolm Choat

    24 Late Antique Historiography: A Brief History of Time 357
    David Woods

    PART IV Empire, Kingdom, and Beyond 373

    25 Law in Practice 377
    Caroline Humfress

    26 The Mirror of Jordanes: Concepts of the Barbarian, Then and Now 392
    Andrew Gillett

    27 Beyond the Northern Frontiers 409
    Guy Halsall

    28 From Empire to Kingdoms in the Late Antique West 426
    John Vanderspoel

    29 Rome and the Sasanid Empire: Confrontation and Coexistence 441
    Jan Willem Drijvers

    30 Syria, Syriac, Syrian: Negotiating East and West 455
    Christine Shepardson

    31 Syria and the Arabs 467
    David Cook

    32 The Early Caliphate and the Inheritance of Late Antiquity (c. AD 610-c. AD 750) 479
    Andrew Marsham

    PART V The Sacred 493

    33 Christianization, Secularization, and the Transformation of Public Life 497
    Richard Lim

    34 The Political Church: Religion and the State 512
    Michael Gaddis

    35 The Late Antique Bishop: Image and Reality 525
    Rita Lizzi Testa

    36 The Conduct of Theology and the "Fathers" of the Church 539
    Thomas Graumann

    37 Defining Sacred Boundaries: Jewish-Christian Relations 556
    Naomi Koltun-Fromm

    38 Pagans in a Christian Empire 572
    Neil McLynn

    39 "Not of This World": The Invention of Monasticism 588
    Daniel F. Caner

    Bibliography 601

    Index 700