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Martyrdom and Rome / Edition 1
     

Martyrdom and Rome / Edition 1

by G. W. Bowersock
 

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ISBN-10: 0521530490

ISBN-13: 9780521530491

Pub. Date: 10/03/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521530491
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/03/2002
Edition description:
FIRST
Pages:
106
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.28(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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