By Christopher Haas
Second purely to Rome within the historical global, Alexandria used to be domestic to a lot of past due antiquity's so much exceptional writers, philosophers, and theologians―among them Philo, Origen, Arius, Athanasius, Hypatia, Cyril, and John Philoponus. Now, in Alexandria in past due Antiquity, Christopher Haas bargains the 1st booklet to put those figures in the actual and social context of Alexandria's bustling city milieu.
Because of its transparent demarcation of communal limitations, Alexandria offers the trendy historian with a terrific chance to probe the multicultural make-up of an historic city unit. Haas explores the huge avenues and again alleys of Alexandria's neighborhoods, its suburbs and waterfront, and facets of fabric tradition that underlay Alexandrian social and highbrow existence. Organizing his dialogue round the city's non secular and ethnic blocs―Jews, pagans, and Christians―he information the fiercely aggressive nature of Alexandrian social dynamics. unlike fresh scholarship, which cites Alexandria as a version for peaceable coexistence inside a culturally diversified neighborhood, Haas unearths that the varied teams' struggles for social dominance and cultural hegemony frequently ended in violence and bloodshed―a risky scenario often exacerbated by means of imperial intervention on one facet or the other.
Eventually, Haas concludes, Alexandrian society accomplished a undeniable balance and reintegration―a strategy that ended in the transformation of Alexandrian civic id throughout the the most important centuries among antiquity and the center a long time.
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Alexandria in Late Antiquity: Topography and Social Conflict (Ancient Society and History) by Christopher Haas