Martyrdom and Romeby G. W. Bowersock
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 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.
- Cambridge University Press
- Publication date:
- Wiles Lectures Given at the Queen's University, Belfast Series
- Product dimensions:
- 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. The making of martyrdom; 2. The written record; 3. The civic role of martyrs; 4. Martyrdom and suicide; Appendixes; Bibliography.
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