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Egypt in the Byzantine World, 300-700

ISBN-10: 0521871379

ISBN-13: 9780521871372

Edition: 2007

Authors: Roger S. Bagnall

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Egypt in the period from the reign of the emperor Constantine to the Arab conquest was both a vital part of the Late Roman and Byzantine world, participating fully in the culture of its wider Mediterranean society, and a distinctive milieu, launched on a path to developing the Coptic Christian culture that we see fully only after the end of Byzantine rule. This book is the first comprehensive survey of Egypt to treat this entire period including the first half-century of Arab rule. Twenty-one renowned specialists present the history, society, economy, culture, religious institutions, art and architecture of the period. Topics covered range from elite literature to mummification and from monks to Alexandrian scholars. A full range of Egypt's uniquely rich source materials - literature, papyrus documents, letters, and archaeological remains - gives exceptional depth and vividness to this portrait of a society, and recent archaeological discoveries are described and illustrated.
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Book details

List price: $146.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/16/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 482
Size: 5.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

List of illustrations
Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction
The Culture of Byzantine Egypt
Poets and pagans in Byzantine Egypt
Higher education in early Byzantine Egypt: Rhetoric, Latin, and the law
Philosophy in its social context
Coptic literature in the Byzantine and early Islamic world
Early Christian architecture in Egypt and its relationship to the architecture of the Byzantine world
Coptic and Byzantine textiles found in Egypt: Corpora, collections, and scholarly perspectives
Between tradition and innovation: Egyptian funerary practices in late antiquity
Government, Environments, Society, and Economy
Alexandria in the fourth to seventh centuries
The other cities in later Roman Egypt
Byzantine Egyptian villages
The imperial presence: Government and army
Byzantine Egypt and imperial law
Aristocratic landholding and the economy of Byzantine Egypt
Gender and society in Byzantine Egypt
Christianity: The Church and Monasticism
The institutional church
The cult of saints: A haven of continuity in a changing world?
Divine architects: Designing the monastic dwelling place
Monasticism in Byzantine Egypt: Continuity and memory
Depicting the kingdom of heaven: Paintings and monastic practice in early Byzantine Egypt
Epilogue
The Arab conquest of Egypt and the beginning of Muslim rule
Index