Late antiquity : a guide to the postclassical world

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  • Cambridge, Mass. ; London, Eng. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 1999
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1 online resource (xiii, 780 p., [31] p. of plates ) ill. (some col.), maps ;
  • 1-84972-276-5
  • Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Service provider: Credo
  • Text (online database).
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. London : Credo Reference Ltd., 2007. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to Credo Reference affiliated libraries.
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • English
  • Description based on title page of print version.
  • Remaking the past / Averil Cameron -- Sacred landscapes / Béatrice Caseau -- Philosophical tradition and the self / Henry Chadwick -- Religious communities / Garth Fowden -- Barbarians and ethnicity / Patrick J. Geary -- War and violence / Brent D. Shaw -- Empire building / Christopher Kelly -- Christian triumph and controversy / Richard Lim -- Islam / Hugh Kennedy -- The good life / Henry Maguire -- Habitat / Yizhar Hirschfeld -- Alphabetical guide.
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  • Abstract: The first book of its kind, this richly informative and comprehensive guide to the world of late antiquity offers the latest scholarship to the researcher along with great reading pleasure to the browser. In comprehensive essays and in encyclopedic entries, an international cast of experts provides essential information and fresh perspectives on the history and culture of an era marked 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--to 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 a fascinating interweaving of 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 by architecture and ceremony.
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