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Description - Martyrdom and Rome by G. W. Bowersock

This book examines the historical context of the earliest Christian martyrs, and anchors their grisly and often willful self-sacrifice to the everyday life and outlook of the cities (mostly Greek) of the Roman empire. By exploring the remains of contemporary documents of martyrdoms in the centuries before Constantine, it provides a historical explanation of why martyrdom occurred when and as it did, and thereby tries to expose the fundamental assumptions of a radical new form of religious and political dissidence that has been a powerful influence down to our own times.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521465397
ISBN-10: 0521465397
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 11mm)
Pages: 120
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Apr-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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