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Historical and Religious Memory in the Ancient World
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Historical and Religious Memory in the Ancient World

Beate Dignas and R. R. R. Smith

Abstract

This book explores how memory intersects with and shapes religious traditions and cultural identities. It discusses how the memory layers that make up ancient history (social, religious, cultural) are represented and refracted in different contexts of the written and material remains of antiquity. Part I looks at religious pasts and the religious present in Greek, Roman, Jewish, and Christian contexts, as well as the visual expression of specific identities, formed and forged over long periods of time. Part II is about defining religious identity and focuses on the apparently homogenous cultur ... More

Keywords: Christianity, commemoration, erasure, Greece, Jewish, historical memory, public memory, religious identity, religious memory, Rome

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572069
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572069.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beate Dignas, editor
Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, Somerville College, University of Oxford

R. R. R. Smith, editor
Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art, University of Oxford

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