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Title Late antiquity : a guide to the postclassical world / G.W. Bowersock, Peter Brown, Oleg Grabar editors.

Published Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Belknap Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail f  938.003 LATE    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii,780 pages : illustrations (some colour), maps ; 27 cm
Notes Includes index.
Contents Remaking the Past / Averil Cameron 1 -- Sacred Landscapes / Beatrice Caseau 21 -- Philosophical Tradition and the Self / Henry Chadwick 60 -- Religious Communities / Garth Fowden 82 -- Barbarians and Ethnicity / Patrick J. Geary 107 -- War and Violence / Brent D. Shaw 130 -- Empire Building / Christopher Kelly 170 -- Christian Triumph and Controversy / Richard Lim 196 -- Islam / Hugh Kennedy 219 -- Good Life / Henry Maguire 238 -- Habitat / Yizhar Hirschfeld 258 -- Alphabetical Guide 273.
Summary 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 sheer reading pleasure to the browser. In eleven in-depth essays and over 500 encyclopedia 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.
Or follow your own path through the broad range of entries on politics, manufacturing and commerce, the arts, philosophy, religion, geography, ethnicity, and domestic life. Each entry introduces readers to another facet of the postclassical world: historic figures and places, institutions, burial customs, food, money, public life, amusements. A splendid selection of illustrations in color as well as black-and-white enhances the portrait.
The intriguing era of late antiquity emerges completely and clearly, viewed in a new light and from new vantage points, in a guide that will be enjoyed by scholars and general readers alike.
Other author Grabar, Oleg.
Bowersock, G. W. (Glen Warren), 1936-
Brown, Peter, 1935-
Subject Classical dictionaries.
ISBN 0674511735