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By Philip Rousseau

An available and authoritative evaluate taking pictures the energy and variety of scholarship that exists at the transformative period of time referred to as past due antiquity.

  • Provides a vital assessment of present scholarship on past due antiquity – from among the accession of Diocletian in advert 284 and the tip of Roman rule within the Mediterranean
  • Comprises 39 essays from many of the world's most well known students of the period
  • Presents this once-neglected interval as an age of robust transformation that formed the trendy international
  • Emphasizes the critical value of faith and its reference to financial, social, and political life

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128, 73). He admires the style of those texts, which do not dress themselves up as truth, and he finds some moral value in their fictional imitation of reality. Indeed, what seems to bother Photius most are texts that pretend to be truthful while being purely fictional, namely ‘‘heretical’’ texts (Bibl. 114 on the early Christian author Leucius Charinus; 189 on Akestorides). He thus marks a shift in emphasis. While late antique aesthetics demanded transparency in representation, in order to guard the moral superiority of content, Photius, by appreciating transparency, begins to see the value of discourse as such.

A compelling example is the date of the translation to Constantinople in the fourth century of the relics of Saints Andrew, Luke, and Timothy. Utilizing the same evidence, a variety of dates have been offered in recent decades, the latest diverging by some twenty years (Woods 1991; Burgess 2003). The simple fact of how evidence is presented can also have a profound effect on how we approach a particular body of artifacts or texts. One negative example is the editions through which we access texts.

There is an increasing move to view belief systems, such as religions, no longer as monolithic but as multifaceted, such that ‘‘Judaism’’ no longer describes a single belief system but many interrelated belief systems that coexisted along a sliding scale. The previous focus on christianization is now yielding to an exploration of the dynamism within this period between Judaisms and Christianities on the one hand, and Greco-Roman religions, Christianities, and Judaisms on the other. Interest in the elites of late antique society is giving way to attempts to recover evidence about the poor and middling classes.

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