The Roman Near East, 31 B.C.-A.D. 337
Camden Professor of Ancient History at Oxford Camden Professor of Ancient History at Oxford (Emeritus) Fergus Millar, Fergus Millar
Harvard University Press, 1993 - 587 strán (strany)
From Augustus to Constantine, the Roman Empire in the Near East expanded step by step, southward to the Red Sea and eastward across the Euphrates to the Tigris. In a remarkable work of interpretive history, Fergus Millar shows us this world as it was forged into the Roman provinces of Syria, Judaea, Arabia, and Mesopotamia. His book conveys the magnificent sweep of history as well as the rich diversity of peoples, religions, and languages that intermingle in the Roman Near East. Against this complex backdrop, Millar explores questions of cultural and religious identity and ethnicity--as aspects of daily life in the classical world and as part of the larger issues they raise.
As Millar traces the advance of Roman control, he gives a lucid picture of Rome's policies and governance over its far-flung empire. He introduces us to major regions of the area and their contrasting communities, bringing out the different strands of culture, communal identity, language, and religious belief in each. The Roman Near East makes it possible to see rabbinic Judaism, early Christianity, and eventually the origins of Islam against the matrix of societies in which they were formed. Millar's evidence permits us to assess whether the Near East is best seen as a regional variant of Graeco-Roman culture or as in some true sense oriental.
A masterful treatment of a complex period and world, distilling a vast amount of literary, documentary, artistic, and archaeological evidence--always reflecting new findings--this book is sure to become the standard source for anyone interested in the Roman Empire or the history of the Near East.
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letters . The significance of Aradus lies in two aspects . First , it provides the only
securely dated Phoenician - Greek bilingual inscription of the Imperial period .
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public inscriptions , to compare with those at Palmyra , or even with the early
Imperial inscriptions ( in Latin and Neo - Punic ) from Tripolitania , especially
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one Sanchuniathon of Berytus , dating from before the Trojan War . As such , this
claim must be wholly misleading . The interpretation , in a way familiar from ...
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