Being Christian in Late Antiquity: A Festschrift for Gillian Clark by Carol HarrisonBeing Christian in Late Antiquity: A Festschrift for Gillian Clark by Carol Harrison

Being Christian in Late Antiquity: A Festschrift for Gillian Clark

EditorCarol Harrison, Caroline Humfress, Isabella Sandwell

Hardcover | February 28, 2014

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What do we mean when we talk about "being Christian" in Late Antiquity? This volume brings together sixteen world-leading scholars of ancient Judaism, Christianity and Greco-Roman culture and society to explore this question, in honour of the ground-breaking scholarship of Professor GillianClark. After an introduction to the volume's dedicatee and themes by Averil Cameron, the papers in Section I, "Being Christian through Reading, Writing and Hearing", analyse the roles that literary genre, writing, reading, hearing and the literature of the past played in the formation of what itmeant to be Christian. The essays in Section II move on to explore how late antique Christians sought to create, maintain and represent Christian communities: communities that were both "textually created" and "enacted in living realities". Finally in Section III, "The Particularities of BeingChristian", the contributions examine what it was to be Christian from a number of different ways of representing oneself, each of which raises questions about certain kinds of "particularities", for example, gender, location, education and culture. Bringing together primary source material from the early Imperial period up to the seventh century AD and covering both the Eastern and Western Empires, the papers in this volume demonstrate that what it meant to be Christian cannot simply be taken for granted. "Being Christian" was part of acontinual process of construction and negotiation, as individuals and Christian communities alike sought to relate themselves to existing traditions, social structures and identities, at the same time as questioning and critiquing the past(s) in their present.
Carol Harrison was born and educated in the North East of England and has spent very little time away from this region. She read Theology at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and continued her doctoral research in Oxford and Paris. She taught at Hull University for a year but was soon drawn back to live and work in the shadow of Durham Cathe...
Title:Being Christian in Late Antiquity: A Festschrift for Gillian ClarkFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:February 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199656037

ISBN - 13:9780199656035


Table of Contents

Averil Cameron: Introduction: The Discourses of Gillian Clark.I: Being Christian through Reading, Writing and Hearing1. Why Don't Jews Write Biography? Simon Goldhill2. Tessa Rajak: The Maccabaean Mother between Pagans, Jews and Christians.3. Guy Stroumsa: On the Status of Books in Early Christianity.4. Joseph Lossl: An Inextinguishable Memory: Pagan Past and Presence in Early Christian Writing.5. Carol Harrison: Playing Ball: Augustine and Plutarch on Capturing Wisdom.II: Being Christian in Community6. Fiunt, non nascuntur christiani: Conversion, Community and Christian Identity in Late Antiquity? Andrew Louth7. Neil McLynn: Julian and the Christian Professors8. Catherine Conybeare: The City of Augustine: On the Interpretation of Civitas9. Karla Pollmann: Christianity and Authority in Late Antiquity: The Transformation of the Concept of Auctoritas10. Ralph Mathisen: Church Councils and Local Authority: The Development of Gallic Libri Canonum during Late AntiquityIII: The Particularities of Being Christian.11. Jill Harries: The Empresses' tale, AD 300-36012. Dennis Trout: 'Being Female': Verse commemoration at the Coemeterium S. Agnetis (Via Nomentana)13. Oliver Nicholson: Self Portrait as a Landscape: Ausonius and his Herediolum14. Mark Vessey: Fashions for Varro in Late Antiquity and Christian Ways with Books15. Fergus Millar: The Image of a Christian Monk in Northern Syria: Symeon Stylites the Younger