Anatolia: Land, Men, and Gods in Asia Minor Volume II: The Rise of the Church: The Rise of the…

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byStephen Mitchell

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This is the first comprehensive study of the history of Asia Minor in antiquity to be written for nearly fifty years and the first attempt to treat Anatolian history as a whole over the millennium from the time of Alexander the Great to tbe hey-day of the Byzantine Empire. This second volumeexamines the rise of Christianity: Anatolian religious beliefs and practices provides fertile ground where both Jewish and Christian communities set down early roots; by the mid third century AD much of Anatolia was Christian, and Christian beliefs and practices shaped Anatolian history in LateAntiquity as decisively as the conditions of imperial rule had done in the high Roman Empire. Two relationships dominated every aspect of Asia Minor's history: that of the people to the land, and that of men to the gods. An enormous quantity of information derived from written sources, archaeological remains, inscriptions and coins make it possible to explore these relationships at a levelof detail which is hardly possible for anyother part of the ancient world. Both themes have a significance which reached far beyond the boundaries of Anatolia.

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This is the first comprehensive study of the history of Asia Minor in antiquity to be written for nearly fifty years and the first attempt to treat Anatolian history as a whole over the millennium from the time of Alexander the Great to tbe hey-day of the Byzantine Empire. This second volumeexamines the rise of Christianity: Anatolian...

Stephen Mitchell is at University College of Swansea.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198150305

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`excellent work...It is hard to do justice to the wide scope of this work and the immense learning which it displays and organizes into a coherent picture...throughout the work, M. pays careful attention to the physical environment, as evidentin the clear maps and well-chosen illustrations.Reflection...is stimulated in innumerable ways by the wealth of information in this work. It embodies all the latest research, shows the influence of all the masters of the field, most notably Louis Robert, and allows a vast mass of virtually inaccessible information to be used and understood. Allstudents of antiquity will learn much from these volumes, which will long stand as a monumental regional study.'Clive Foss, University of Massachusetts