Religious Diversity in Late Antiquity

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David Morton Gwynn, Susanne Bangert
BRILL, 2010 - Religion - 561 pages
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This new volume in the well-established Late Antique Archaeology series draws together recent research by archaeologists and historians to shed new light on the religious world of Late Antiquity. A detailed bibliographic essay provides an overview of relevant literature, while individual articles explore the diversity of late antique religion. Rabbinic and non-rabbinic Judaism is traced in Beth Shearim, Dura Europus and Sepphoris, and the Samaritan community in Israel, while Christian concepts of orthodoxy and heresy are examined with a particular focus on the `Arian' Controversy. Popular piety receives close attention, through the archaeology of pilgrimage and the stylite `pillar saints', and too does the complex relationship between religion and magic and between sacred and secular in Late Antiquity.

Contributors are David M. Gwynn, Susanne Bangert, Jodi Magness, Zeev Weiss, Shimon Dar, Michel-Yves Perrin, Bryan Ward-Perkins, Lukas Amadeus Schachner, Arja Karivieri, Carla Sfameni, Claude Lepelley, Mark Humphries, Elizabeth Jeffreys, and Isabella Sandwell.
  

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Contents

An Introduction
1
A Bibliographic Essay
15
Jews and Samaritans
93
Third Century Jews and Judaism at Beth Shearim and Dura
135
Artistic Trends and Contact between Jews and Others in Late
167
Archaeological Aspects of Samaritan Research in Israel
189
The Limits of the Heresiological Ethos in Late Antiquity
207
Archaeology and the Arian Controversy in the Fourth
229
The Archaeology of the Stylite
329
Magic and Syncretic Religious Culture in the East
401
The Evidence of Magical Gems
435
The Use of Secularised Latin Pagan Culture by Christians
477
The Presence or Absence
493
Literary Genre or Religious Apathy? The Presence or Absence
511
John Chrysostoms Audiences and His Accusations of Religious
523
Abstracts in French
543

Where is the Archaeology and Iconography of Germanic
265
Abu Mina and Beyond
293
Erratum
563
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About the author (2010)

David M. Gwynn, Ph.D. Oxford (2003), is Lecturer in Ancient and Late Antique History at Royal Holloway, University of London. His recent publications include "The Eusebians: The Polemic of Athanasius of Alexandria and the Construction of the Arian Controversy " (OUP 2007) and the edited volume "A.H.M. Jones and the Later Roman Empire" (Brill 2008). Susanne Bangert, Ph.D. Copenhagen (2005), is Museum Inspector, Naestved Museum, Denmark. Her doctoral thesis will shortly be published as "The Ashmolean Collection of Menas Ampullae within Their Social Context" (Archaeopress, Oxford).

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