For Salvation's Sake: Provincial Loyalty, Personal Religion and Epigraphic Production in the Roman and Late Antique Near East

For Salvation's Sake: Provincial Loyalty, Personal Religion and Epigraphic Production in the Roman and Late Antique Near East

Hardback Studies in Classics, Outstanding Dissertations, 3

By (author) Jason Moralee

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  • Publisher: Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
  • Format: Hardback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 20mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 17 June 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0415967783
  • ISBN 13: 9780415967785
  • Illustrations note: 2 black & white illustrations, 17 black & white tables

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This book breaks new ground in the study of cultural unity in the Near East from pre-Roman to early Islamic times (first century BC - eighth century AD). Based on a thorough study of nearly 400 Greek and Latin inscriptions from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel, this book shows how the formula 'for salvation's sake' (hyper soterias/pro salute) was fundamental to the political, social and religious lives of hundreds of civic and military elites in the Near East. Initially an expression of ancient indigenous religion, this formula expressed loyalty to the central authority at Rome, while profiling social status and piety. With the arrival of Christianity and Islam, the formula lost its political importance, but persisted in its social and religious applications among Christian and Jewish communities in Late Antiquity. Presenting a new body of evidence, Jason Moralee provides a fresh look at how Romans used the inscriptions to secure the loyalty of their subjects for centuries. This analysis of material culture through several periods redefines notions of political loyalty in the Middle East from antiquity through the Middle Ages, raising new questions about life in the Roman provinces.

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Jason Moralee received his Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2002. Currently, he is the Mortimer Chambers postdoctoral Lecturer in Ancient History at UCLA.

Table of contents

Contents List Of Tables Acknowledgments List Of Abbreviations Introduction Chapter One The Imperial Ideology Of Salvation And The Distribution Of The Dedications For Salvation's Sake Chapter Two Three Case Studies: Heliopolis, Dura Europos, Gerasa Chapter Three The Reception Of The Imperial Ideology Of Salvation In The Near East Chapter Four Religion And Society In The Pagan, Christian, And Jewish Dedications For Personal Salvation Conclusion Appendix A: Description Of The Types Of Dedications Appendix B: Catalog Of The Types Of Dedications Notes Bibliography Index