Being Greek Under Rome: Cultural Identity, the Second Sophistic and the Development of Empire
These especially commissioned essays open up a fascinating and novel perspective on a crucial era of Western culture. In the second century CE the Roman empire dominated the Mediterranean, but Greek culture maintained its huge prestige. At the same time, Christianity and Judaism were vying for followers against the lures of such an elite cultural life. This book looks at h...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published November 29th 2006 by Cambridge University Press
(first published June 7th 2001)
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An excellent set of essays dealing with cultural identity in the context of the perennial tensions between Hellenism and Romanization. Like most selection, some of the essays contained in this volume are easier to follow than others and this book does expect acquaintance with the sources (not that my acquaintance is that deep, but I'm, at least, aware of them). The topic isn't necessarily the most popular, but I wonder if this period doesn't have a lot to say to we late-moderns, especially in th...more