Late Antiquity by G. W. Bowersock
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Late Antiquity
By G. W. Bowersock

Late Antiquity

A Guide to the Postclassical World

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Late Antiquity by G. W. Bowersock

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This is a comprehensive guide the world of late antiquity. In 11 essays and over 500 encyclopedia entries, an international cast of experts provides essential information and fresh perspectives on the history and culture of an era 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 - the 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 an interweaving 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 buy architecture and ceremony. Or follow your own path through the broad range of entries on politics, manufacturing and commerce, the art, 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, amusements. This work should be of interest to scholars and general readers alike.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674511736
ISBN-10: 0674511735
Format: Hardback
(260mm x 204mm x 42mm)
Pages: 1040
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 10-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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