The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

Paperback | November 15, 2015

EditorScott Fitzgerald Johnson

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The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity offers an innovative overview of a period (c. 300-700 CE) that has become increasingly central to scholarly debates over the history of western and Middle Eastern civilizations. This volume covers such pivotal events as the fall of Rome, the rise ofChristianity, the origins of Islam, and the early formation of Byzantium and the European Middle Ages. These events are set in the context of widespread literary, artistic, cultural, and religious change during the period. The geographical scope of this Handbook is unparalleled among comparablesurveys of Late Antiquity; Arabia, Egypt, Central Asia, and the Balkans all receive dedicated treatments, while the scope extends to the western kingdoms, and North Africa in the West. Furthermore, from economic theory and slavery to Greek and Latin poetry, Syriac and Coptic literature, sites ofreligious devotion, and many others, this Handbook covers a wide range of topics that will appeal to scholars from a diverse array of disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity engages the perennially valuable questions about the end of the ancient world and the beginning of the medieval, while providing a much-needed touchstone for the study of Late Antiquity itself.

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The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity offers an innovative overview of a period (c. 300-700 CE) that has become increasingly central to scholarly debates over the history of western and Middle Eastern civilizations. This volume covers such pivotal events as the fall of Rome, the rise ofChristianity, the origins of Islam, and the early ...

Scott Fitzgerald Johnson is Assistant Professor of Classics and Letters at the University of Oklahoma.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:1296 pages, 9.69 × 6.69 × 2.4 inPublished:November 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780190277536

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsList of ContributorsList of IllustrationsScott F. Johnson: PrefaceHerve Inglebert: Introduction: Late Antique Conceptions of Late AntiquityPart I. Geographies and Peoples1. Michael Kulikowski: The Western Kingdoms2. Michael Maas: Barbarians: Problems and Approaches3. Craig H. Caldwell: The Balkans4. Tim Greenwood: Armenia5. Etienne de la Vaissiere: Central Asia and the Silk Road6. Philip Wood: Syriac and the "Syrians"7. Arietta Papaconstantinou: Egypt8. Anne Boud'hors: The Coptic Tradition9. Christian Julien Robin: Ethiopia and ArabiaPart II. Literary and Philosophical Cultures10. Scott McGill: Latin Poetry11. Gianfranco Agosti: Greek Poetry12. Brian Croke: Historiography13. Aaron Johnson: Hellenism and its Discontents14. Edward Watts: Education: Speaking, Thinking, and Socializing15. Samuel Rubenson: Monasticism and the Philosophical Heritage16. Gregory Smith: Physics and Metaphysics17. Scott Fitzgerald Johnson: Travel, Cartography, and CosmologyPart III. Law, State, and Social Structures18. Jairus Banaji: Economic Trajectories19. Cam Grey: Agriculture and Other "Rural Matters"20. Kyle Harper: Marriage and Family21. Peregrine Horden: Health, Disease, and Hospitals: The Case of the "Sacred House"22. Ralph Mathisen: Concepts of Citizenship23. Kevin Uhalde: Justice and Equality24. Jill Harries: Roman Law and Legal Culture25. Andrew Gillett: Communication: Use and ReusePart IV. Religions and Religious Identity26. Jaclyn Maxwell: Paganism and Christianization27. David M. Gwynn: Episcopal Leadership28. Susan Wessel: Theological Argumentation: The Case of Forgery29. Ann Marie Yasin: Sacred Space and Visual Art30. Glenn Peers: Object Relations: Theorizing the Late Antique Viewer31. Joel Walker: From Nisibis to Xi'an: The Church of the East across Sasanian Persia32. Robert Hoyland: Early Islam as a Late Antique Religion33. Stephen J. Shoemaker: Muhammad and the Qur'anPart V. Late Antiquity in Perspective34. John Haldon: Comparative State Formation: The Later Roman Empire in the Wider World35. Petre Guran: Late Antiquity in Byzantium36. Christopher Celenza: Late Antiquity and the Italian Renaissance

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"[Johnson] has assembled a comprehensive collection of first rate articles that will figure prominently on the reading lists for graduate and undergraduate courses in years to come and will prove indispensable for scholarly research.... This book is a magnificent testimony to the continuedvitality of late antiquity." --The Classical Review