Interpreting Late Antiquity: Essays on the Postclassical World

Interpreting Late Antiquity: Essays on the Postclassical World


Edited by G. W. Bowersock, Edited by Peter Brown, Edited by Oleg Grabar

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  • Format: Hardback | 298 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 251mm x 23mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674005988
  • ISBN 13: 9780674005983
  • Illustrations note: 43 halftones, 2 maps
  • Sales rank: 710,895

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The era of late antiquity - from the middle of the third century to the end of the eighth - was marked by the rise of two world religions, unprecedented political upheavals that remade the map of the known world, and the creation of art of enduring glory. In these eleven in-depth essays, drawn from the award-winning reference work Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World, an international cast of experts provides essential information and fresh perspectives on this period's culture and history.

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"The period covered... is in fact formative for the modern world, and the various kinds of continuity and discontinuity between it and the present are a fascinating study... [These] extended essays are the work of eminent scholars in the field... The choice is well made." - Jasper Griffin, New York Review of Books

Table of contents

Introduction; Remaking the Past, by Averil Cameron; Sacred Landscapes, by Beatrice Caseau; Philosophical Tradition and the Self, by Henry Chadwick; Religious Communities, by Garth Fowden; Barbarians and Ethnicity, by Patrick J. Geary; War and Violence, by Brent D. Shaw; Empire Building, by Christopher Kelly; Christian Triumph and Controversy, by Richard Lim; Islam, by Hugh Kennedy; The Good Life, by Henry Maguire