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The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity
     

The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

by Scott Fitzgerald Johnson
 

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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

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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, and North Africa in the West. Furthermore, 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 providing a much-needed touchstone for the study of Late Antiquity itself.

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"[Johnson] has assembled a comprehensive collection of first rate articles that will figure prominently on the reading lists for graduate and undergraduate courses in years to come and will prove indispensable for scholarly research.... This book is a magnificent testimony to the continued vitality of late antiquity." --The Classical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195336931
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/11/2012
Series:
Oxford Handbooks Series
Pages:
1296
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 2.70(d)

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Scott Fitzgerald Johnson is Assistant Professor of Classics and Letters at the University of Oklahoma.

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