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Refiguring the Post-Classical City

Refiguring the Post-Classical City
Dura Europos, Jerash, Jerusalem and Ravenna

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  • Date Published: January 1996
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 2009
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521481854

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  • This is a study of the "Christianization" of the city between the third and sixth centuries. The text traces changes in the meaning of urban space and in the ritual practices of Jewish, Christian and Graeco-Roman cults through an investigation of the art and archaeology of four important late antique sites: Dura Europos (mid third century), Jerash and Jerusalem (fourth and fifth centuries) and Ravenna (sixth century). Interwoven in the discussion of the monuments is an assessment of the political circumstances that controlled the writing of their history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

    • Application of contemporary theory to the history of pre-modern cultural production
    • Critical assessment of the politics of the historiography of ancient Jewish and Christian art
    • Revised understanding of familiar monuments by considering them as an active part of the ceremonies staged within them
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    "The interdisciplinary range and skill evidenced by Wharton command our respect and deserve our thanks." Gregory T. Armstrong, Church History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521481854
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 262 x 209 x 21 mm
    • weight: 1.026kg
    • contains: 58 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 2009
  • Table of Contents

    1. The scholarly frame: Orientalism and the construction of late ancient art history
    2. Dura Europos
    3. Jerash and Jerusalem
    4. Ravenna
    5. The popular frame: the use and reuse of monuments.

  • Author

    Annabel Jane Wharton, Duke University, North Carolina

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