First-century Alexandria vied with Rome to be the greatest city of the Roman empire. More than half a million people lived in its cosmopolitan four square miles. It was a major centre for international trade and shipping.
Little remains of Alexandria's golden age. Few papyrus records of the city survive. Archaeologists' attempts to reveal its past have been frustrated by years of subsidence, earthquakes and continuous demolition and rebuilding. Our main guide to the city is Philo, an Alexandrian Jew, who, sometimes inadvertently, incorporated information about his home city into his copious religious writings.
In this compelling new study, Dorothy I. Sly searches through Philo's treatises for information about Alexandria. By recognizing his shortcomings and prejudices, and questioning his judgements, she builds up an authentic picture of city life in the first century.
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A MAN EMINENT ON ALL ACCOUNTS
FOUNDED TO SATISFY THE SOARING
HOPE OF SAFETY TO THE VOYAGER
THE MAGNANIMITY OF PTOLEMY II
AMOURS AND ADULTERIES AND
IN THE MIDST OF THE MARKETPLACE
WHOLESALE DEPRIVATION OF ALL THAT
AND TEMPERANCE AND JUSTICE
AN ART OF HEALING THAT TREATS
SUPERINTENDENCE IN SICKNESS
IN A CITY NOT THEIR OWN
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Clement of Alexandria and the Beginnings of Christian Apophaticism
Henny Fiska Hägg
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