The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity offers an innovative overview of a period (c. 300-700 CE) that has become increasingly central to scholarly debates over the history of western and Middle Eastern civilizations. This volume covers such pivotal events as the fall of Rome, the rise of Christianity, the origins of Islam, and the early formation of Byzantium and the European Middle Ages. These events are set in the context of widespread literary, artistic, cultural, and religious change during the period. The geographical scope of this Handbook is unparalleled among comparable surveys of Late Antiquity; Arabia, Egypt, Central Asia, and the Balkans all receive dedicated treatments, while the scope extends to the western kingdoms, and North Africa in the West. Furthermore, from economic theory and slavery to Greek and Latin poetry, Syriac and Coptic literature, sites of religious devotion, and many others, this Handbook covers a wide range of topics that will appeal to scholars from a diverse array of disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity engages the perennially valuable questions about the end of the ancient world and the beginning of the medieval, while providing a much-needed touchstone for the study of Late Antiquity itself.
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AcknowledgmentsList of ContributorsList of IllustrationsPrefaceScott F. Johnson, Georgetown University and Dumbarton OaksIntroduction: Late Antique Conceptions of Late AntiquityHervé Inglebert, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense (Paris X)Part I. Geographies and Peoples1. The Western Kingdoms, Michael Kulikowski2. Barbarians: Problems and Approaches, Michael Maas3. The Balkans, Craig H. Caldwell III,4. Armenia, Tim Greenwood5. Central Asia and the Silk Road, Étienne de la Vaissière6. Syriac and the "Syrians,"Philip Wood7. Egypt, Arietta Papaconstantinou8. The Coptic Tradition, Anne Boud'hors9. Ethiopia and Arabia, Christian Julien RobinPart II. Literary and Philosophical Cultures10. Latin Poetry, Scott McGill11. Greek Poetry, Gianfranco Agosti12. Historiography, Brian Croke13. Hellenism and its Discontents, Aaron Johnson14. Education: Speaking, Thinking, and Socializing, Edward Watts15. Monasticism and the Philosophical Heritage, Samuel Rubenson16. Physics and Metaphysics, Gregory Smith17. Travel, Cartography, and Cosmology, Scott Fitzgerald JohnsonIII. Law, State, and Social Structures18. Economic Trajectories, Jairus Banaji19. Agriculture and Other, "Rural Matters," Cam Grey20. Marriage and Family, Kyle Harper21. Health, Disease, and Hospitals: The Case of the "Sacred House," Peregrine Horden22. Concepts of Citizenship, Ralph Mathisen23. Justice and Equality, Kevin Uhalde24. Roman Law and Legal Culture, Jill Harries25. Communication: Use and Reuse, Andrew GillettPart IV. Religions and Religious Identity26. Paganism and Christianization, Jaclyn Maxwell27. Episcopal Leadership, David M. Gwynn28. Theological Argumentation: The Case of Forgery, Susan Wessel29. Sacred Space and Visual Art, Ann Marie Yasin30. Object Relations: Theorizing the Late Antique Viewer, Glenn Peers31. From Nisibis to Xi'an: The Church of the East across Sasanian Persia, Joel Walker32. Early Islam as a Late Antique Religion, Robert Hoyland33. Muhammad and the Qur'an, Stephen J. ShoemakerPart V. Late Antiquity in Perspective34. Comparative State Formation: The Later Roman Empire in the Wider World, John Haldon35. Late Antiquity in Byzantium, Petre Guran36. Late Antiquity and the Italian Renaissance, Christopher Celenza