The care of the dead in late antiquity

Author: Éric Rebillard
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801457920
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In this provocative book Éric Rebillard challenges many long-held assumptions about early Christian burial customs. For decades scholars of early Christianity have argued that the Church owned and operated burial grounds for Christians as early as the third century. Through a careful reading of primary sources including legal codes, theological works, epigraphical inscriptions, and sermons, Rebillard shows that there is little evidence to suggest that Christians occupied exclusive or isolated burial grounds in this early period. In fact, as late as the fourth and fifth centuries the Church did not impose on the faithful specific rituals for laying the dead to rest. In the preparation of Christians for burial, it was usually next of kin and not representatives of the Church who were responsible for what form of rite would be celebrated, and evidence from inscriptions and tombstones shows that for the most part Christians didn't separate themselves from non-Christians when burying their dead. According to Rebillard it would not be until the early Middle Ages that the Church gained control over burial practices and that "Christian cemeteries" became common. In this translation of Religion et Sépulture: L‛église, les vivants et les morts dans l‛Antiquité tardive, Rebillard fundamentally changes our understanding of early Christianity. The Care of the Dead in Late Antiquity will force scholars of the period to rethink their assumptions about early Christians as separate from their pagan contemporaries in daily life and ritual practice.

Tod

Author: Ulrich Volp
Publisher: UTB
ISBN: 3825248879
Format: PDF
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Lehrt das Christentum die „Kunst des Sterbens“? Was bestimmte und bestimmt einen „christlichen“ Umgang mit dem Tod? Welche theologischen und ethischen Fragen stellen sich mit dem Lebensende? Wie gestaltete und gestaltet sich das Leben mit den Toten? Dieser Band bietet eine grundlegende Orientierung zum Umgang mit Sterben, Tod und Bestattung aus theologischer Perspektive.

Christians and Their Many Identities in Late Antiquity North Africa 200 450 CE

Author: Éric Rebillard
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801465990
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For too long, the study of religious life in Late Antiquity has relied on the premise that Jews, pagans, and Christians were largely discrete groups divided by clear markers of belief, ritual, and social practice. More recently, however, a growing body of scholarship is revealing the degree to which identities in the late Roman world were fluid, blurred by ethnic, social, and gender differences. Christianness, for example, was only one of a plurality of identities available to Christians in this period. In Christians and Their Many Identities in Late Antiquity, North Africa, 200-450 CE, Éric Rebillard explores how Christians in North Africa between the age of Tertullian and the age of Augustine were selective in identifying as Christian, giving salience to their religious identity only intermittently. By shifting the focus from groups to individuals, Rebillard more broadly questions the existence of bounded, stable, and homogeneous groups based on Christianness. In emphasizing that the intermittency of Christianness is structurally consistent in the everyday life of Christians from the end of the second to the middle of the fifth century, this book opens a whole range of new questions for the understanding of a crucial period in the history of Christianity.

The Mind of Thucydides

Author: Jacqueline de Romilly
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 1501719742
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First published in France in 1956 and now available in English for the first time, this narratological analysis of Thucydides's "History of the Peloponnesian War" highlights the power and sophistication of the Greek historian's rhetoric.

2009

Author: Jan Assmann
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110208954
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Volume 11 of the Archive for the History of Religion is dedicated to two main subjects within the field of the history of ancient mediterranean religion. The first is that of the a oesacral economya, the question of the financing of the construction and running of temples, in particular how donations of money were handled, and those in kind were valued. The second theme, which is the subject of another four contributions, looks at a oereligion and literaturea, literary descriptions of religious practices and beliefs, and the relevance of such reflexions for the field of religion itself.

Die griechischen Personennamen in Rom

Author: Heikki Solin
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN:
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This dictionary catalogues all documentation of Greek personal names known for inhabitants of Rome. In addition to laying theoretical foundations, the author provides a detailed system that gives access to Rome's highly representative Greek onomastic material. Particular strengths of the work are its thorough dating of the inscriptions, its wealth of textual criticism, and its abundance of linguistic and epigraphic observations.