The Middle East Under Rome

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Harvard University Press, 2005 - History - 665 pages
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The ancient Middle East was the theater of passionate interaction between Phoenicians, Aramaeans, Arabs, Jews, Greeks, and Romans. At the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Mesopotamia, and the Arabian peninsula, the area dominated by what the Romans called Syria was at times a scene of violent confrontation, but more often one of peaceful interaction, of prosperous cultivation, energetic production, and commerce--a crucible of cultural, religious, and artistic innovations that profoundly determined the course of world history.

Maurice Sartre has written a long overdue and comprehensive history of the Semitic Near East (modern Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel) from the eve of the Roman conquest to the end of the third century C.E. and the dramatic rise of Christianity. Sartre's broad yet finely detailed perspective takes in all aspects of this history, not just the political and military, but economic, social, cultural, and religious developments as well. He devotes particular attention to the history of the Jewish people, placing it within that of the whole Middle East.

Drawing upon the full range of ancient sources, including literary texts, Greek, Latin, and Semitic inscriptions, and the most recent archaeological discoveries, The Middle East under Rome will be an indispensable resource for students and scholars. This absorbing account of intense cultural interaction will also engage anyone interested in the history of the Middle East.

  

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This book is not merely a translation of Sartre's 1196-page volume, published in France in 2001 as D'Alexandre Znobie: Histoire du Levant antique, IVesicle av. J.-C.-IIIesicle apr. J.-C. Instead ... Read full review

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A word of warning: this book is dense, and not for the casual reader of antiquity. It assumes a considerable knowledge of events and people and places of the Roman era. Thank goodness for the ability ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The End of Seleucid Syria and the First Roman Rule
31
Creating a Province
54
The Crises in Judaea from Herod to Bar Kokhba
88
Conquests and Reorganizations
132
Civic Life and Urban Development during the Early Empire
151
Rural Life in the Early Empire
206
The Urban Economy in Roman Syria
240
Hellenization and Indigenous Cultures
274
Pagans Jews and Christians in Roman Syria in the Second
297
A Time of Trials
343
Conclusion
364
Abbreviations
371
Works Cited
557
Index
649
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About the author (2005)

Maurice Sartre is Professor of Ancient History, University of Tours and the Institut Universitaire de France.

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