Readings in Late Antiquity

Readings in Late Antiquity : A Sourcebook

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Late Antiquity, the period stretching roughly from the restructuring of the Roman empire in the late third century AD to the rise of Islam in the seventh, witnessed the transformation of the ancient Mediterranean and near eastern worlds. This book illustrates the dramatic political, social and religious changes of Late Antiquity through the words of the men and women who experienced them. This collection draws from Greek, Latin, Syriac, Hebrew, Coptic, Persian, Arabic and Armenian sources, some translated into English for the first time. The Roman empire is kept at the centre of discussion, with chapters devoted to government, society, army, law, medicine, philosophy, Christianity, polytheism and Jews. Other chapters deal with the societies that surrounded the Roman state: Persia, Huns, Germanic invaders who established new states in the West and Islam. The carefully selected sources present a comprehensive insight into the lives of emperors, abbesses, aristocrats, slaves, soldiers, doctors, lawyers, historians and saints who left a vivid record of their experiences.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 444 pages
  • 156 x 228 x 32mm | 721.21g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • annotated edition
  • 1
  • 0415159881
  • 9780415159883
  • 1,114,531

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"Undergraduate or seminary instructors gathering ancient texts for course packets ought to consider using this splendid anthology of exerpts from letters, histories, treatises, sermons, and law codes. -Religious Studies Reviewshow more