First-century Alexandria vied with Rome to be the greatest city of the Roman empire. More than half a million people lived in its cosmopolitan four square miles. It was a major centre for international trade and shipping.
Little remains of Alexandria's golden age. Few papyrus records of the city survive. Archaeologists' attempts to reveal its past have been frustrated by years of subsidence, earthquakes and continuous demolition and rebuilding. Our main guide to the city is Philo, an Alexandrian Jew, who, sometimes inadvertantly, incorporated information about his home city into his copious religious writings.
In this compelling new study, Dorothy I. Sly searches through Philo's treatises for information about Alexandria. By recognising his shortcomings and prejudices, and questioning his judgements, she builds up an authentic picture of life in the first century.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Dorothy I.Sly is an associate professor of Religious Studies at the University,Ontario.She is the author of Philo's Perception of Women(1990).
Table of Contents"Full Contents" Preface i Chapter One `A Man Emminent on All Accounts' 1 Chapter Two `Founded to Satisfy the Soaring Ambition of some King' 24 Chapter Three `Hope of Safety to the Voyager' 43 Chaper Four The `Magnanimity' of Ptolemy II Philadephus 63 Chapter Five `Amours and Adulteries and the Deceits of Women' 79 Chapter Six `In the Midst of the Marketplace' 100 Chapter Seven `Wholesale Deprivation of All that is Noble' 117 Chapter Eight `Schools of Prudence and Courage and Temperance and Justice' 142 Chapter Nine `An Art of Healing that Treats the Soul' 164 Chapter Ten `Superintendence in Sickness and Health' 178 Chapter Eleven `In a City Not Their Own' 199 Bibliography 217