Urban Religion in Roman Corinth: Interdisciplinary Approaches

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This book discusses the history, topography, and urban development of Corinth with special attention to civic and private religious practices in the Roman colony. Expert analysis of the latest archaeological data is coupled with consideration of what can be known about the emergence and evolution of religions in Corinth. Several scholars consider specific aspects of archaeological evidence and ask how enhanced knowledge of such topics as burial practice, water supply, and city planning strengthens our ...

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Overview

This book discusses the history, topography, and urban development of Corinth with special attention to civic and private religious practices in the Roman colony. Expert analysis of the latest archaeological data is coupled with consideration of what can be known about the emergence and evolution of religions in Corinth. Several scholars consider specific aspects of archaeological evidence and ask how enhanced knowledge of such topics as burial practice, water supply, and city planning strengthens our understanding of religious identity and practice in the ancient city. This volume seeks to gain insight into the nature of the Greco-Roman city visited by Paul, and the ways in which Christianity gradually emerged as the dominant religion.

This is a collaborative effort by scholars of archaeology, Greco-Roman studies, and early Christian literature who met at Harvard University in January 2002. It is the third in a series of volumes on ancient cities utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to understand urban life in ancient times. The earlier books are Ephesos: Metropolis of Asia (1995)--now back in print--and Pergamon: Citadel of the Gods (1998).

"Seventeen essays on the history, archaeology, urban development, and religious practices of ancient Corinth, with special attention to the early history of Christianity. Topics include burial customs, water supply, city planning, and sociology. Results of an interdisciplinary conference held at Harvard University, January 2002--Provided by publisher.

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Editorial Reviews

Catholic Biblical Quarterly

In summing up the contribution of this volume, adjectives abound: diverse, up-to-date, interesting, helpful, stimulating...The overall interplay of literary and cultural studies of ancient religious groups with research on site-specific material culture remains a promising venue for moving forward in our understanding of Greco-Roman religions...This volume is an essential resource for anyone working on any aspect of ancient Corinth, and methodologically of much interest and use to those working on religious communities during the Greco-Roman period.

— Richard S. Ascough

Journal for the Study of the New Testament

New Testament scholars will find this a very useful volume, especially for the archaeological discussions, which are full of details and illuminating evidence presented in maps and illustrations.

— Peter Oakes

Catholic Biblical Quarterly - Richard S. Ascough
In summing up the contribution of this volume, adjectives abound: diverse, up-to-date, interesting, helpful, stimulating...The overall interplay of literary and cultural studies of ancient religious groups with research on site-specific material culture remains a promising venue for moving forward in our understanding of Greco-Roman religions...This volume is an essential resource for anyone working on any aspect of ancient Corinth, and methodologically of much interest and use to those working on religious communities during the Greco-Roman period.
Journal for the Study of the New Testament - Peter Oakes
New Testament scholars will find this a very useful volume, especially for the archaeological discussions, which are full of details and illuminating evidence presented in maps and illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674016606
  • Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Series: Harvard Theological Studies Series , #53
  • Pages: 485
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Schowalter is Professor of Religion and Classics at Carthage College, Kenosha, WI.

Steven J. Friesen is Louise Farmer Boyer Chair in Biblical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

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