Christopher Haas's Alexandria in Late Antiquity ; Topography and Social PDF

By Christopher Haas

moment in basic terms to Rome within the old international, Alexandria used to be domestic to lots of overdue antiquity's so much marvelous writers, philosophers, and theologians -- between them Philo, Origen, Arius, Athanasius, Hypatia, Cyril, and John Philoponus. Now, in Alexandria in overdue Antiquity, Christopher Haas deals the 1st publication to put those figures in the actual and social context of Alexandria's bustling city milieu. due to its transparent demarcation of communal limitations, Alexandria presents the fashionable historian with an awesome chance to probe the multicultural make-up of an historical city unit. Haas explores the large avenues and again alleys of Alexandria's neighborhoods, its suburbs and waterfront, and features of fabric tradition that underlay Alexandrian social and highbrow lifestyles. 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 varied group, Haas unearths that the varied teams' struggles for social dominance and cultural hegemony frequently led to violence and bloodshed -- a unstable scenario often exacerbated by way of imperial intervention on one aspect or the other.Eventually, Haas concludes, Alexandrian society accomplished a undeniable balance and reintegration -- a strategy that led to the transformation of Alexandrian civic id in the course of the the most important centuries among antiquity and the center Ages.

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