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    Martyrdom and Rome (Wiles Lectures Given at the Queen's University of Belfast) (Paperback) By (author) Glen W. Bowersock

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    DescriptionThis book examines the historical context of the earliest Christian martyrs, and anchors their grisly and often wilful self-sacrifice to the everyday life and outlook of the cities of the Roman empire. Professor Bowersock begins by investigating both the time and the region in which martyrdom, as we know it, came into being. He also offers comparisons of the Graeco-Roman background with the martyrology of Jews and Muslims. A study of official protocols illuminates the bureaucratic institutions of the Roman state as they applied to the first martyrs; and the martyrdoms themselves are seen within the context of urban life (and public spectacle) in the great imperial cities. By considering martyrdom in relation to suicide, the author is also able to demonstrate the peculiarly Roman character of Christian self-sacrifice in relation to other forms of deadly resistance to authority.

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    Martyrdom and Rome
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Glen W. Bowersock
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 120
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 7 mm
    Weight: 160 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521530491
    ISBN 10: 0521530490

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HRC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    LC classification: DE
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    DC22: 272.1
    DC21: 272.1
    LC classification: BR1604.2 .B68 1995
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
    Thema V1.0: QRM, NHD, NHC
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
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    Publication date
    03 October 2002
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    Review quote
    "...an interesting book with numerous insightful details...vital for any discussion of early Christian martyrdom." The Journal of Religion "...a significant contribution to the reawakened interest in the political and social dimensions of Christian martyrdom, as well as in the martyrological narratives themselves...argued with the clarity and magisterial command of the original sources that is characteristic of the author...a pivotal work in the impending debates over the meaning of Christian martyrdom." Brent D. Shaw, Catholic Historical Review "This is a succinct yet engrossing study, appropriate for both general and specialist audiences." Craig L. Hanson, Church History
    Table of contents
    Preface; 1. The making of martyrdom; 2. The written record; 3. The civic role of martyrs; 4. Martyrdom and suicide; Appendixes; Bibliography.