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    DescriptionCappadocia had long been a marginal province in the eastern Roman empire, high on a rugged plateau in central Asia Minor and hardly influenced by classical Greek culture. But during the fourth century emperors visited repeatedly as they traveled between Constantinople and Antioch. In Cappadocia they met provincial notables and prominent churchmen, including Basil of Caesarea, his brother Gregory of Nyssa, and their friend Gregory of Nazianzus. These three Cappadocian Fathers were already competing with local landowners over the distribution of resources. As patrons representing their communities, they negotiated with provincial administrators and presented petitions to the imperial court. They also confronted emperors over Christian orthodoxy and Greek culture. Kingdom of Snow investigates the impact of Roman rule in a remote province and the fate of Greek culture in an increasingly Christian society. The extensive writings of the Cappadocian Fathers combine to make Cappadocia one of the best-documented regions in the later Roman empire. Raymond Van Dam highlights the sometimes passionate relationships among bishops, local notables, imperial magistrates, and emperors as they struggled to gain prestige and power. In the drama of their personal confrontations they measured themselves and found their identities.

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    Kingdom of Snow
    Roman Rule and Greek Culture in Cappadocia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Raymond Van Dam
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 308
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 607 g
    ISBN 13: 9780812236811
    ISBN 10: 0812236815

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
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    DC21: 939.34
    LC classification: 2002020334
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    DC22: 939/.35
    LC classification: DS156.C3 V36 2002
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    Thema V1.0: NHF, JBCC, NHC
    Illustrations note
    1 map
    University of Pennsylvania Press
    Imprint name
    University of Pennsylvania Press
    Publication date
    30 August 2002
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    Author Information
    Raymond Van Dam is Professor of History at the University of Michigan and author of the companion volumes Families and Friends in Late Roman Cappadocia and Becoming Christian: The Conversion of Roman Cappadocia, both also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
    Review quote
    "Essential reading for theology students and any inquiry into the world of late antiquity."-Religious Studies Review
    Table of contents
    Introduction BADLANDS 1. "The Viper Died": Local Notables and Imperial Rule 2. "The Hook Hidden in the Bait": The Rewards of Giving 3. "The Singing of the Sirens": Service in the Imperial Administration 4. The Highlander EMPIRE AND PROVINCE 5. "Surpass Me with Your Generosity": Provincial Governors and Tax Assessors 6. "Men in an Oven": Emperors in Cappadocia 7. "Birds Cowering Before an Eagle": Basil and Valens' Court at Antioch 8. "Everything Yields to Theodosius": Gregory of Nazianzus at Constantinople CULTURE WARS 9. "A True Hellene Among the Cappadocians": Julian in Asia Minor 10. Basil's "Outline of Virtue" 11. Gregory of Nazianzus and the Philosopher Emperor Epilogue: Admonishment and Compassion Abbreviations Notes Editions and Translations 1. The Cappadocian Fathers 2. Ancient Authors and Texts Bibliography Index