The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

ISBN : 9780190277536

Scott Johnson
1296 Pages
171 x 248 mm
Pub date
Jan 2016
Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History
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The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity offers an innovative overview of a period (c. 300-700 CE) that has become increasingly central to scholarly debates over the history of western and Middle Eastern civilizations. This volume covers such pivotal events as the fall of Rome, the rise of Christianity, the origins of Islam, and the early formation of Byzantium and the European Middle Ages. These events are set in the context of widespread literary, artistic, cultural, and religious change during the period. The geographical scope of this handbook is unparalleled among comparable surveys of Late Antiquity; Arabia, Egypt, Central Asia, and the Balkans all receive dedicated treatments, while the scope extends to the western kingdoms, Ireland, and Scandinavia in the West. Furthemore, from economic theory and slavery to Greek and Latin poetry, Syriac and Coptic literature, sites of religious devotion, and many others, this handbook covers a wide range of topics that will appeal to scholars from a diverse array of disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity engages the perennially valuable questions about the end of the ancient world and the beginning of the medieval, while also providing a much-needed touchstone for the study of Late Antiquity itself.



List of Contributors

List of Illustrations


Scott F. Johnson, Georgetown University and Dumbarton Oaks

Introduction: Late Antique Conceptions of Late Antiquity

Herve Inglebert, Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Defense (Paris X)

Part I. Geographies and Peoples

1. The Western Kingdoms

Michael Kulikowski, Pennsylvania State University

2. Barbarians: Problems and Approaches

Michael Maas, Rice University

3. The Balkans

Craig H. Caldwell III, University of Georgia

4. Armenia

Tim Greenwood, St Andrews University

5. Central Asia and the Silk Road

Etienne de la Vaissiere, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris

6. Syriac and the "Syrians"

Philip Wood, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University

7. Egypt

Arietta Papaconstantinou, Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne

8. The Coptic Tradition

Anne Boud'hors, Centre national de la scientifique (CNRS)

9. Ethiopia and Arabia

Christian Julien Robin, College de France

Part II. Literary and Philosophical Cultures

10. Latin Poetry

Scott McGill, Rice University

11. Greek Poetry

Gianfranco Agosti, Universita degli Studi di Udine

12. Historiography

Brian Croke, Macquarie University and University of Sydney

13. Hellenism and its Discontents

Aaron Johnson, Lee University

14. Education: Speaking, Thinking, and Socializing

Edward Watts, Indiana University

15. Monasticism and the Philosophical Heritage

Samuel Rubenson, Lunds Universitet

16. Physics and Metaphysics

Gregory Smith, Central Michigan University

17. Travel, Cartography, and Cosmology

Scott Fitzgerald Johnson, Georgetown University and Dumbarton Oaks

III. Law, State, and Social Structures

18. Economic Trajectories

Jairus Banaji, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

19. Agriculture and Other "Rural Matters"

Cam Grey, University of Pennsylvania

20. Marriage and Family

Kyle Harper, University of Oklahoma

21. Health, Disease, and Hospitals: The Case of the "Sacred House"

Peregrine Horden, Royal Holloway, University of London

22. Concepts of Citizenship

Ralph Mathisen, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

23. Justice and Equality

Kevin Uhalde, Ohio University

24. Roman Law and Legal Culture

Jill Harries, St Andrews University

25. Communication: Use and Reuse

Andrew Gillett, Macquarie University

Part IV. Religions and Religious Identity

26. Paganism and Christianization

Jaclyn Maxwell, Ohio University

27. Episcopal Leadership

David M. Gwynn, Royal Holloway, University of London

28. Theological Argumentation: The Case of Forgery

Susan Wessel, Catholic University of America

29. Sacred Space and Visual Art

Ann Marie Yasin, University of Southern California

30. Object Relations: Theorizing the Late Antique Viewer

Glenn Peers, University of Texas at Austin

31. From Nisibis to Xi'an: The Church of the East across Sasanian Persia

Joel Walker, University of Washington

32. Early Islam as a Late Antique Religion

Robert Hoyland, Oriental Institute, Oxford University

33. Muhammad and the Qur'an

Stephen J. Shoemaker, University of Oregon

Part V. Late Antiquity in Perspective

34. Comparative State Formation: The Later Roman Empire in the Wider World

John Haldon, Princeton University

35. Late Antiquity in Byzantium

Petre Guran, Institute of South East European Studies, Bucharest

36. Late Antiquity and the Italian Renaissance

Christopher Celenza, Johns Hopkins University

About the author: 

Scott Fitzgerald Johnson is Dumbarton Oaks Teaching Fellow in Postclassical and Byzantine Greek at Georgetown University.

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