A Companion to Late Antiquity

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Philip Rousseau
John Wiley & Sons, Jan 25, 2012 - History - 736 pages
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An accessible and authoritative overview capturing the vitality and diversity of scholarship that exists on the transformative time period known as late antiquity.
  • Provides an essential overview of current scholarship on late antiquity – from between the accession of Diocletian in AD 284 and the end of Roman rule in the Mediterranean
  • Comprises 39 essays from some of the world's foremost scholars of the era
  • Presents this once-neglected period as an age of powerful transformation that shaped the modern world
  • Emphasizes the central importance of religion and its connection with economic, social, and political life
  • Winner of the 2009 Single Volume Reference/Humanities & Social Sciences PROSE award granted by the Association of American Publishers
 

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Contents

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Preface and Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
The View from the Future
CHAPTER THREE Late Antiquity in the Medieval
Renaissance
CHAPTER FIVE Narrating Decline and Fall
CHAPTER SIX Late Antiquity in Modern Eyes
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Textual Communities
CHAPTER NINETEEN Tradition Innovation
CHAPTER TWENTY Visual and Verbal
CHAPTER TWENTYONE Christianity and
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO The Discourse of Later
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE Language and Culture
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR Late Antique
Empire Kingdom and Beyond

Land and People
Eternal Rome and Its Rivals
Grand Narratives and Regional Perspectives
CHAPTER EIGHT Mobility and the Traces of Empire
CHAPTER NINE Information and Political Power
CHAPTER TEN Mediterranean Cities
Architecture and Symbolism
The Latin
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Gender and the Fall of Rome
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Marriage and Family
CHAPTER FIFTEEN The Church the Living and
CHAPTER SIXTEEN The Value ofa Good
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN Beyond the Northern
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT From Empire
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE Rome and the Sasanid
Negotiating
Ephesus Chalcedon
CHAPTER THIRTYONE Syria and the Arabs
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO The Early Caliphate
CHAPTER THIRTYTHREE Christianization
CHAPTER THIRTYSIX The Conduct of Theology
CHAPTER THIRTYSEVEN Defining Sacred
CHAPTER THIRTYEIGHT Pagans in a Christian
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About the author (2012)

Philip Rousseau is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Early Christianity at the Catholic University of America. He is the author of The Early Christian Centuries (2002), Basil of Caesarea (1994), Pachomius: The Making of a Community in Fourth-Century Egypt (1985), and Ascetics, Authority and the Church in the Age of Jerome (1978). He is the joint editor (with Tomas Hägg) of Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity (2000).

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