Roman Berytus: Beirut in Late Antiquity
Examining the numerous primary sources, including inscriptions, religions, histories, literary references, legal codes, and archaeological reports, Linda Jones Hall presents a composite history of late antique Berytus - from its founding as a Roman colony in the time of Augustus, to its development into a center of legal study under Justinian.
The book examines all aspects of life in the city, including geographical setting, economic base, built environment, political structures, religious transitions from paganism to Christianity, and the self-identity of the inhabitants in terms of ethnicity and occupation.
This volume provides:
* the first detailed investigation of late antique Phoenicia
The full texts of numerous narratives are presented to reveal the aspirations of the law students, the professors, and their fellow citizens such as the artisans. The study also explores the cultural implications of the city's Greek, Roman and then Syro-Phoenician heritage.
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2 The geographical setting
3 The economic base of the city
4 Berytus as Colonia and Civitas
5 The built environment of Berytus
6 Provincial organization in the Roman and Late Antique eras
7 Paganism and cultural identity
8 Christianity as change in religious identity
10 Artisans occupational identity and social status
Province of Syria
Province of Phoenicia
Lawyers law professors and law students
Coins attributed to the mint in Berytus
9 A city of lawyers professors and students