Palestine in Late Antiquity

Palestine in Late Antiquity


By (author) Hagith Sivan

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 216mm x 34mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199284172
  • ISBN 13: 9780199284177
  • Illustrations note: 3 maps

Product description

Hagith Sivan offers an unconventional study of one corner of the Roman Empire in late antiquity, weaving around the theme of conflict strands of distinct histories, and of peoples and places, highlighting Palestine's polyethnicity, and cultural, topographical, architectural, and religious diversity. During the period 300-650 CE the fortunes of the 'east' and the 'west' were intimately linked. Thousands of westerners in the guise of pilgrims, pious monks, soldiers, and civilians flocked to what became a Christian holy land. This is the era that witnessed the transformation of Jerusalem from a sleepy Roman town built on the ruins of spectacular Herodian Jerusalem into an international centre of Christianity and ultimately into a centre of Islamic worship. It was also a period of unparalleled prosperity for the frontier zones, and a time when religious experts were actively engaged in guiding their communities while contesting each other's rights to the Bible and its interpretation.

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Author information

Hagith Sivan is Associate Professor at the University of Kansas.

Review quote

highly readable and attractive book Sivan, The Classical Review a most useful, stimulating and comprehensive picture of a dramatic period in a country of central ideological importance to this day... author is to be congratulated Jan Retso, JRAS Sivan is to be particularly commended for having adopted, throughout this book, a resolutely panoramic vision. She makes us look at everything and everybody. Peter Brown, New York Review of Books

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Prologue: From Constantine to Abd al Malik ; 2. The Periphery of Dreams and Deserts ; 3. Recalcitrance, Riots and Rebellion: The Samaritans and the Emergence of Intolerance ; 4. Contesting the Sacred: Forms of Ritualized Violence ; 5. Jerusalem: The Contrasting Eyes of Beholders ; 6. Contesting Scripture and Soil: Liturgical Dates and Seasonal Dieting ; 7. Flesh and Blood? Women in Palestinian Societies ; 8. Urban Stories: Caesarea, Sepphoris, Gaza ; 9. Epilogue