Corinth in Context: Comparative Studies on Religion and Society

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Steve Friesen, Daniel N. Schowalter, James Walters
BRILL, Jun 14, 2010 - Religion - 517 pages
This volume is the product of an interdisciplinary conference held at the University of Texas at Austin. Specialists in the study of inscriptions, architecture, sculpture, coins, tombs, pottery, and texts collaborate to produce new portraits of religion and society in the ancient city of Corinth. The studies focus on groups like the early Roman colonists, the Augustales (priests of Augustus), or the Pauline house churches; on specific cults such as those of Asklepios, Demeter, or the Sacred Spring; on media (e.g., coins, or burial inscriptions); or on the monuments and populations of nearby Kenchreai or Isthmia. The result is a deeper understanding of the religious life of Corinth, contextualized within the socially stratified cultures of the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
 

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Contents

List of Contributors
2
Context Comparison
3
Greek Roman
12
Chapter Two The Social and Ethnic Origins of the Colonists in Early Roman Corinth
13
Chapter Three Asklepios in Greek and Roman Corinth
37
The Base of the Augustales in the Forum at Corinth
67
Hybrid Identities and Strategies of Display in the Material Record of Traditional Mediterranean Religions
117
Social Strata
148
Chapter Nine Where Have all the Names Gone? The Christian Community in Corinth in the Late Roman and Early Byzantine Eras
257
Local Religion
324
Archaeology and the Placement of Pauls Communities
326
Chapter Eleven Paul and the Politics of Meals in Roman Corinth
343
Landscape and Traditions
365
Chapter Thirteen Religion and Society at Roman Kenchreai
390
Chapter Fourteen Religion and Society in the Roman Eastern Corinthia
433
Bibliography
477

The Coinage of Roman Corinth
151
Divine Personality Definitions and Human Worshippers in Roman Corinth
198
Ideology Archaeology and Exegesis
231
Index
511
Maps
515
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Steven J. Friesen, Ph.D. (1990) in the Study of Religion, Harvard University, is the Louise Farmer Boyer Chair in Biblical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His publications include Twice Neokoros: Ephesus, Asia, and the Cult of the Flavian Imperial Family (Brill, 1993), and Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John: Reading Revelation in the Ruins (Oxford University Press, 2001).
Daniel N. Schowalter, Th.D. (1989) in New Testament and Christian Origins, Harvard Divinity School, is Professor of Classics and Religion at Carthage College, and is Co-Director of the Omrit Archaeological project in Northern Israel. His research focuses on archaeological evidence for the religions of the Roman Empire.
James C. Walters, Ph.D. (1991) in Religious Studies, Boston University, is Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Boston University. His publications focus on the urban social contexts of the Apostle Paul's mission and letters including Ethnic issues in Paul's Letter to the Romans (Trinity Press International, 1993).

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