The Middle East Under Rome

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Harvard University Press, 2005 - History - 665 pages

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, this ... Read full review


The End of Seleucid Syria and the First Roman Rule
Creating a Province
The Crises in Judaea from Herod to Bar Kokhba
Conquests and Reorganizations I 32
Civic Life and Urban Development during the Early Empire
Rural Life in the Early Empire
The Urban Economy in Roman Syria
Hellenization and Indigenous Cultures
IO Pagans Jews and Christians in Roman Syria in the Second
A Time of Trials
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Maurice Sartre is Professor of Ancient History, University of Tours and the Institut Universitaire de France.

Catherine Porter is a professor emerita of French, SUNY, Cortland, and a former president of the Modern Language Association.

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