A Companion to Late Antiquity (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)
Part IV starts with a lively discussion by Humfress ch. This part also offers illuminating discussions of the Other in Roman constructs, as in concepts of the 'barbarian'. Gillett ch. Halsall ch. Vanderspoel ch. The interaction of Jew and Christian in Syria is analysed by Shepardson ch.
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Points of connection and permeability between the two religions, identified in newer research, correct assumptions of early Christian separateness: as in many other chapters of the Companion , narratives ancient and modern of orthodoxy and imperial uniformity are challenged here. A number of the chapters in this part of the book put into detailed practice the change from a 'centralized' focus on issues in the late Roman world that Humphries advocates in ch.
Thus Cook ch. Marsham's contribution ch. If continuity and change is a theme of the Companion as a whole, this is particularly the case with the essays in Part V. Christianization is, not surprisingly, the dominant form of the 'sacred' discussed here, but a welcome corrective to some earlier scholarship changes in late Roman paganism ch.
Lim ch. The category of the 'secular' like 'pagan' was a consequence of Christian demarcation, influencing attitudes to pagan cult statues and temples, as well as the literary classics. But the overall picture of Christian-pagan interaction is unclear, as McLynn ch. Some temples were attacked and destroyed by Christian fanatics through the fourth century, but paganism survived, at a popular level, and in elite figures such as Symmachus. McLynn repeats his well-known and persuasive view that the epistolary 'debate' of between Ambrose and Symmachus is an invention of Ambrose, who embedded Symmachus' appeal to the emperor for the maintenance or restoration of traditional cult in a polemical confrontation of his own devising: there is no evidence that Symmachus ever believed that he was fighting the cause lost, losing, or whatever of paganism.
Boundaries could be blurred, or might not have existed. Gaddis ch. And Lizzi Testa ch.
Each chapter concludes with a bibliographical note that draws critical attention to the literature on specific topics. This is valuable, and particularly helpful when contributors give guidance on recommended texts and translations of the source material as in ch. It is a pity that some general information on English-language translations of the ancient texts is not provided independently of the individual chapters.
Given the editorial policy outlined above, it is not surprising that there are gaps. There is no detailed discussion of government and administration, though there is renewed recent interest in these areas. Philosophy is almost entirely absent, though there is an able discussion of aspects of theological argument by Graumann ch.
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Production and editing are excellent, and there is an intelligently constructed index. Those looking for a more accessible and comprehensive overview will find it in Swain and Edwards, 7 but researchers and specialists cannot afford to neglect this richly rewarding book. Comparable surveys in English: G. Bowersock, P. Brown, and A. Grabar eds. Garnsey and C. Cambridge: Orchard Academic, ; S.
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Swain and M. Edwards eds. Its influence is considerable on the chronological and thematic range of the book under review, though many of the chapters show how much scholarly discourse has advanced in the interim. Most recently The Early Christian Centuries.
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