A Social and Cultural History of Late Antiquity

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Douglas Boin
(Wiley Blackwell Social and Cultural Histories of the Ancient World)
  • Hoboken, NJ: 
    John Wiley & Sons
    , March
     2018.
     320 pages.
     $44.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780199333479.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

A Social and Cultural History of Late Antiquity examines the social and cultural landscape of the Late Antique Mediterranean. The text offers a picture of everyday life as it was lived in the spaces around and between two of the most memorable and towering figures of the time—Constantine and Muhammad. The author captures the period using a wide-lens, including Persian material from the mid third century through Umayyad material of the mid eighth century C.E.  The book offers a rich picture of Late Antique life that is not just focused on Rome, Constantinople, or Christianity.

This important resource uses nuanced terms to talk about complex issues and fills a gap in the literature by surveying major themes such as power, gender, community, cities, politics, law, art and architecture, and literary culture. The book is richly illustrated and filled with maps, lists of rulers and key events. A Social and Cultural History of Late Antiquity ffers an examination of everyday life in the era when adherents of three of the major religions of today—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—faced each other for the first time in the same environment. 

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Douglas Boin is Professor in the Department of History at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of Ostia in Late Antiquity and Coming Out Christian in the Roman World.

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