Martyrdom and Rome

Martyrdom and Rome

by G. W. Bowersock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521465397

ISBN-13: 9780521465397

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book examines the historical context of the earliest Christian martyrs, and anchors their grisly and often wilful 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…  See more details below

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This book examines the historical context of the earliest Christian martyrs, and anchors their grisly and often wilful 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521465397
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Series:
Wiles Lectures Given at the Queen's University, Belfast Series
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
IThe making of martyrdom1
IIThe written record23
IIIThe civic role of martyrs41
IVMartyrdom and suicide59
App. 1 Protomartyr75
App. 2 Ignatius and IV Maccabees77
App. 3 Great Sabbath82
App. 4 Asia, Aphrodisias, and the Lyon Martyrium85
Select bibliography99
Index103

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