The Roman Near East

The Roman Near East

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From Augustus to Constantine, the Roman Empire in the Near East expanded step by step to the Red Sea and eastward across the Euphrates to the Tigris. This work of interpretive history examines this world as it was forged into the Roman provinces of Judea, Arabia, Mesopotamia and Syria, conveying the sweep of history as well as the diversity of peoples, religions and languages that intermingle in the Roman Near East.

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  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 166 x 230 x 36mm | 898.11g
  • Cambridge, Mass, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 12 maps
  • 0674778863
  • 9780674778863
  • 423,905

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This pioneering volume follows a steady stream of other important contributions by the noted Camden Professor of Ancient History at Oxford, but its unique character and subject may make it his most durable and popular work. It transcends a mere political history of the region by exploring in depth the cultural and linguistic diversity of the population that inhabited the Near East...This is indisputably now the standard and essential guide for the Roman era in English for both scholars and students of the Near East. -- David E. Graf Religious Studies Review A grand book on a grand topic...To do justice to such a topic, one needs not only a complete understanding of how the Roman Empire functioned, but also mastery of the extensive, complex, scattered, and difficult evidence for the local cultures...Very few ancient historians possess such mastery...This is a book that only Fergus Millar could have written. The breadth of expertise displayed, and the willingness to view the history of a major region of the Roman Empire from the perspective of the provinces rather than the imperial center, are hallmarks of Millar's work, and are impossible to overpraise. There can be no question that The Roman Near East will be for a long time to come the standard work on the subject. -- Seth Schwartz Times Literary Supplement This learned, honest, and carefully constructed work studies the various regions of the [eastern] empire and their inhabitants. It asks who they actually were...and how far they had a local culture distinct from the Greco-Roman. The results are surprising...The book is full of original interpretations... [Readers] will be richly rewarded. -- Clive Foss Manchester Guardian Destined to become a classic. -- Howard P. Krug Seminary Studies [An] extraordinary book...Millar's book provides above all the essential political, religious, and cultural framework for understanding how the three most enduring religious legacies of the ancient world for the modern world...developed in a context that was neither Eastern nor Western. -- Guy MacLean Rogers American Historical Review

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About Fergus Millar

Fergus G. B. Millar is Camden Professor of Ancient History at Oxford University.

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