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    DescriptionThis is a comprehensive guide the world of late antiquity. In 11 essays and over 500 encyclopedia entries, an international cast of experts provides essential information and fresh perspectives on the history and culture of an era 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. By extending the commonly accepted chronological and territorial boundaries of the period - the encompass Roman, Byzantine, Sassanian, and early Islamic cultures, from the middle of the third century to the end of the eighth - this guide makes new connections and permits revealing comparisons. Consult the article on "Angels" and discover their meaning in Islamic as well as classical and Judeo-Christian traditions. Refer to "children," "concubinage," and "divorce" for an interweaving information on the family. read the essay on "Barbarians and ethnicity" and see how a topic as current as the construction of identity played out in earlier times, from the Greeks and Romans to the Turks, Huns, and Saxons. Turn to "Empire Building" to learn how the empire of Constantine was supported buy architecture and ceremony. Or follow your own path through the broad range of entries on politics, manufacturing and commerce, the art, philosophy, religion, geography, ethnicity and domestic life. Each entry introduces readers to another facet of the postclassical world: historic figures and places, institutions, burial customs, food, money, public life, amusements. This work should be of interest to scholars and general readers alike.

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    Late Antiquity
    A Guide to the Postclassical World
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by G. W. Bowersock, Edited by Etc.
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 1040
    Width: 210 mm
    Height: 260 mm
    Thickness: 46 mm
    Weight: 1,778 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674511736
    ISBN 10: 0674511735

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC, HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC22: 938
    BISAC V2.8: HIS030000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A14202000
    DC21: 909.1
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 938/.003
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: DE5 .L29 1999
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHC
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    16 colour illustrations, 63 halftones, 2 maps
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    18 November 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Review quote
    This era is analyzed and illustrated with encyclopedic thoroughness and precision in "Late Antiquity"...The metaphysical tension and clash of cultures of Late Antiquity reminds one of our own; Late Antiquity is, unintentionally, a mirror of the 21st century. Edited by distinguished scholars G. W. Bowersock, Oleg Grabar and Peter Brown, this volume heralds a new discipline and extends a welcome to non-scholars as well.--Tom D'Evelyn "Providence Sunday Journal "