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Description - The Barbarian Plain by Elizabeth Key Fowden

During the fifth and sixth centuries A.D. there arose on the Euphrates frontier, between the empires of Rome and Iran, a city girded with glittering gypsum walls. Within these walls stood a great church, a shrine for the relics of Saint Sergius, who was martyred there, at Rusafa, in the early fourth century. Around Rusafa stretched the "Barbarian Plain," inhabitated by Rome's Arab allies, many of whom revered the saint. Elizabeth Key Fowden examines the rise of the cult of Sergius in late antiquity, drawing on literary accounts, inscriptions, archaeology, images, and the landscape itself to construct a many-faceted picture of the role of religion in this frontier society. Focusing on the socio-cultural as well as the political dimensions of the Sergius cult, her study sheds light on the lives of the ordinary faithful, as well as on religion's place in the strategic calculations of hostile empires.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520216853
ISBN-10: 0520216857
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 246
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 5-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Elizabeth Key Fowden

Elizabeth Key Fowden is a Research Fellow at the Center for Greek and Roman Antiquity in Athens, Greece.