Late Antiquity A Guide to the Postclassical World

Innbundet / 1999 / Engelsk

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ISBN13
9780674511736
Publisert
1999
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Harvard University Press
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05, 06, UU, UP, P
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Engelsk
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802
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1746 gr
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267 mm
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203 mm
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Late Antiquity A Guide to the Postclassical World

Innbundet / 1999 / Engelsk
The first book of its kind, this richly informative and comprehensive guide to the world of late antiquity offers the latest scholarship to the researcher along with great reading pleasure to the browser. In eleven comprehensive essays and in over 500 encyclopedic entries, an international cast of experts provides essential information and fresh perspectives on the history and culture of an era marked by the rise of two world religions, unprecedented political upheavals that remade the map of the known world, and the creation of art of enduring glory. By extending the commonly accepted chronological and territorial boundaries of the period--to encompass Roman, Byzantine, Sassanian, and early Islamic cultures, from the middle of the third century to the end of the eighth--this guide makes new connections and permits revealing comparisons. Consult the article on "Angels" and discover their meaning in Islamic as well as classical and Judeo-Christian traditions. Refer to "Children," "Concubinage," and "Divorce" for a fascinating interweaving of information on the family. Read the essay on "Barbarians and Ethnicity" and see how a topic as current as the construction of identity played out in earlier times, from the Greeks and Romans to the Turks, Huns, and Saxons. Turn to "Empire Building" to learn how the empire of Constantine was supported by architecture and ceremony. Or follow your own path through the broad range of entries on politics, manufacturing and commerce, the arts, philosophy, religion, geography, ethnicity, and domestic life. Each entry introduces readers to another facet of the postclassical world: historic figures and places, institutions, burial customs, food, money, public life, and amusements. A splendid selection of illustrations enhances the portrait. The intriguing era of late antiquity emerges completely and clearly, viewed in a new light, in a guide that will be relished by scholars and general readers alike.
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In 11 comprehensive essays and over 500 encyclopedic entries, an international cast of experts provides the latest scholarship and fresh perspectives on the history and culture of late antiquity, an era marked by the rise of two world religions, unprecedented political upheavals, and the creation of art of enduring glory.
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[A] vade mecum for anybody drawn to what we used to call the Dark Ages, that swirling, little-understood period form the 3rd to the 8th centuries.--Michael Dirda "Washington Post Book World "A magnificent Guide to the post-classical world in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East.--Rosamond McKitterick "Times Literary Supplement "A proper educational guide cannot tell us what we need to know, but it can provide a map and a direction by which we may progress. Late Antiquity is, in this respect, the epitome of educational guides for the earnest student of history...Brown, Bowersock, and Grabar have all contributed seminal works in the figures and institutions that shaped and informed this vibrant, and previously obscured, time. To their credit, they have done for late antiquity what Niels Bohr did for the quantum electron: they discovered, or, more accurately, uncovered it. Late Antiquity is half encyclopedia, half textbook, and a whole world of scholarship. With 11 thematic essays and over 500 encyclopedic entries, Late Antiquity contains a starting point for the student and a crucial resource for the scholar.--Paul-Jonathan Bensen "Boston Book Review "Reading Late Antiquity one has a sense of the tearing down of barriers which have divided what should be a seamless web of the past. History does not in reality confine itself to neatly separate areas and departments--Greek, Roman, Hebrew, Coptic, Arabic, Germanic--in the way that universities do...Late Antiquity keeps to a very high standard of scholarship and it will please a wide range of serious readers.--Jasper Griffin "New York Review of Books "Some books are like the Grand Bazaar: a maze of twisting byways where every corner promises surprise. Late Antiquity is such a book. Modestly calling itself a guide, this sumptuous volume shows the way not only to exotic and often vanished locales, but also to the emperors and caliphs, kingdoms and dynasties, ascetics and voluptuaries, and even the ordinary citizens of that complex and tortuous half-millennium (from 250 to 800 A.D.) in which our own spiritual and intellectual world first took recognizable shape. More than 200 experts have contributed, but the guide displays none of the numbing sameness that so often discourages the reader of scholarly monographs. Alongside succinct articles on Augustine or on ships (with a fine line-drawing of a Byzantine double-oared vessel) or on Jerusalem, there are treatments of bed-chambers, camels, prayer and even pornography, among other topics.--Eric Ormsby "Wall Street Journal "The editors of this handsome and inviting volume have each helped kindle the recent explosion in postclassical studies with important contributions on the creeds and cultures of the first millennium CE. Late Antiquity offers casual browsers and learned specialists alike a unique introduction to the summation of current scholarship on the period that has for too long been held as 'the unraveling of a once glorious...civilization' or 'a violent and hurried prelude to better things'...Highly recommended.--B. Juhl "Choice "This era is analyzed and illustrated with encyclopedic thoroughness and precision in Late Antiquity...The metaphysical tension and clash of cultures of Late Antiquity reminds one of our own; Late Antiquity is, unintentionally, a mirror of the 21st century. Edited by distinguished scholars G. W. Bowersock, Oleg Grabar and Peter Brown, this volume heralds a new discipline and extends a welcome to non-scholars as well.--Tom D'Evelyn "Providence Sunday Journal "
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G. W. Bowersock is Professor Emeritus of Ancient History at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Peter Brown is Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, Emeritus, at Princeton University. Oleg Grabar was Professor Emeritus of Islamic Art and Architecture at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.
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Produktdetaljer

ISBN13
9780674511736
Publisert
1999
Utgiver
Vendor
Harvard University Press
Aldersnivå
05, 06, UU, UP, P
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Innbundet
Sider
802
Vekt
1746 gr
Høyde
267 mm
Bredde
203 mm
Se alle