Download The Letter of Mara bar Sarapion in Context: Proceedings of by Annette Merz, Teun L Tieleman PDF

By Annette Merz, Teun L Tieleman

The Letter of Mara bar Sarapion to his son – preserved in one Syriac manuscript (7th. cent. CE) – nonetheless speaks to its readers, evocatively depicting the dramatic scenario of a nobleman imprisoned after the Roman seize of Samosata, capital of Commagene. The letter is healthier identified at the present time for a passage at the “wise king of the Jews,” that may be one of many earliest pagan tales touching on Jesus Christ. Ongoing controversy over the letter’s date, nature, and objective has, despite the fact that, ended in the frequent overlook of this fascinating record. within the current quantity, Merz and Tieleman have introduced jointly state of the art learn from an interdisciplinary crew of best specialists that considerably advances our appreciation of the letter and its historic context.

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Download Ancient Germanic Warriors: Warrior Styles from Trajan's by Michael P. Speidel PDF

By Michael P. Speidel

Proposing quite a number facts for those various types, from Roman paintings to early medieval bracteate amulets, and from classical texts to Beowulf, the Edda and Icelandic sagas, Professor Speidel right here information seventeen various Germanic warriors types, together with berserks, wolf-warriors, club-wielders, long-hairs, ghost warriors and horse-stabbers, and the way they point out an unbroken continuity of customs, ideals and battle-field strategies. old Germanic warriors performed a decisive position in historic occasions from 2 hundred BC, whilst Germanic tradition first turned identifiable, to advert one thousand whilst Christianity swept throughout the Nordic nations. coming up from ideals and states of brain, numerous warrior kinds manifested themselves in ameliorations of gown, weaponry and battling method. totally illustrated with over fifty photos, this brilliant and interesting survey provides a colorful new measurement to our realizing of the background of Europe.

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Download Narrative and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel: Returning by Tim Whitmarsh PDF

By Tim Whitmarsh

The Greek romance used to be for the Roman interval what epic used to be for the Archaic interval or drama for the Classical: the valuable literary motor vehicle for articulating principles in regards to the dating among self and group. This ebook bargains a clean studying of the romance either as a particular narrative shape (using more than a few narrative theories) and as a paradigmatic expression of id (social, sexual and cultural). whilst it emphasises the pliability of romance narrative and its skill to house either conservative and transformative versions of identification. This elasticity manifests itself in part within the edition in perform among diversified romancers, a few of whom are generally Hellenocentric whereas others are tougher. eventually, in spite of the fact that, it's argued that it displays a pressure in all romance narrative, which traditionally balances centrifugal opposed to centripetal dynamics. This e-book will curiosity classicists, historians of the radical and scholars of narrative theory.

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Download Carausius and Allectus: The British Usurpers (Roman Imperial by P J Casey PDF

By P J Casey

Lower than Carausius and his successor Allectus, Britain for a decade (AD 286-96) completed an independence which threatened the soundness of the Roman Empire. With coastal parts of Gaul additionally forming a part of the separatist dominion, the problem ended in the production of a moment tier of imperial rulers. Constantius Chlorus was once promoted to suppress the insurrection and his good fortune lead the way for his son Constantine - who was once to exploit the province recovered by means of his father because the base for his personal bid for imperial acceptance. His luck - and his adoption of Christianity because the nation faith - used to be to form the area within which we nonetheless dwell. This little identified yet awesome episode within the historical past of Roman Britain has been brilliantly pieced jointly by means of John Casey, via a painstaking - and now and then detective-like - sifting of the literary, archaeological and numismatic facts. The latter is as wealthy because it is complicated and is gifted with an impossible to resist mix of enthusiasm and readability. What emerges is that the independence of england was once dependent upon navel energy. those rulers managed the ocean lanes of the English Channel and North Sea in a fashion that no naval strength had performed because the time of Augustus. within the aftermath of defeat, the abolition of a unified naval command decreased the Roman reaction to seaborne raiders to a reactive stategy, instead of an aggressively campaigning one. within the long-term this dramatic episode used to be to play an important, if fluctuating, half in well known political mythology. within the centuries while insular debate was once paramount, the rebellion held its position in literary and ancient dialogue, with mythical accretions freely grafted on; curiosity waned through the eighteenth century - in basic terms to be rekindled within the current century, whilst a revival of Carausian stories coincided with a go back to insularity and a redefinition of political horizons.

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Download Ancient Maya Cities of the Eastern Lowlands by HOUK PDF

By HOUK

“Brings jointly for the 1st time the entire significant websites of this a part of the Maya international and is helping us know the way the traditional Maya deliberate and outfitted their appealing towns. it is going to turn into either a guide and a resource of rules for different archaeologists for years to come.”—George J. Bey III, coeditor of Pottery Economics in Mesoamerica
 
“Skillfully integrates the social histories of city development.”—Vernon L. Scarborough, writer of The stream of strength: historical Water platforms and Landscapes
 
“Any student drawn to city making plans and the equipped atmosphere will locate this e-book enticing and useful.”—Lisa J. Lucero, writer of Water and Ritual

 
For greater than a century researchers have studied Maya ruins, and websites like Tikal, Palenque, Copán, and Chichén Itzá have formed our realizing of the Maya. but towns of the japanese lowlands of Belize, a space that was once domestic to a wealthy city culture that continued and advanced for nearly 2,000 years, are handled as peripheral to those nice vintage interval websites. the recent and humid weather and dense forests are inhospitable and make protection of the ruins tough, yet this oft-ignored sector finds a lot approximately Maya urbanism and culture.

utilizing facts accumulated from diverse websites in the course of the lowlands, together with the Vaca Plateau and the Belize River Valley, Brett Houk offers the 1st synthesis of those distinct ruins and discusses tools for mapping and excavating them. contemplating the websites throughout the analytical lenses of the outfitted atmosphere and historic city making plans, Houk vividly reconstructs their political historical past, considers how they healthy into the bigger political panorama of the vintage Maya, and examines what they let us know approximately Maya urban building. 

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