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History and Identity in the Late Antique Near East
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History and Identity in the Late Antique Near East

Philip Wood


This book examines the importance of the past, both real and imagined, in constructing contemporary culture in the period ad 500–1000. Such acts of construction might exclude ‘outsiders’ or set out ideal forms of behaviour for ‘insiders’. This investigation goes beyond ‘history-writing’ in a narrow sense to examine philosophy, theology, liturgy, and jurisprudence as vehicles for tradition and the imagination of a past ‘golden age’. The chapters straddle the Roman-Persian frontier and go well into the Islamic period: together, they push the boundaries of ‘late antiquity’ into the varied languag ... More

Keywords: historiography, tradition, memory, long late antiquity, monotheism, political thought, Christian orient

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199915408
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Wood, editor
University of Cambridge

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