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Religion, Society and Culture at Dura-Europos

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Ted Kaizer, Leonardo Gregoratti, Jennifer A. Baird, Michael Sommer, Lucinda Dirven, Maura K. Heyn, Jean-Baptiste Yon, Julian Buchmann, Tommaso Gnoli, Cristina Marta Acqua, Jacqueline Austin, Loren T. Stuckenbruck, Kai Ruffing, Susan B. Downey, Lisa R. Brody
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  • Date Published: July 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107560239

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  • This volume advances our understanding of the religion, society and culture of Dura-Europos, the small town on the Euphrates known since the 1930s as the 'Pompeii of the Syrian desert'. Several features make the site potentially our best source for day-to-day life in a small town situated on the periphery of the Roman world: inscriptions and graffiti in ten ancient languages; sculptures and frescoes combining elements of Classical and Oriental art; the most important papyrological dossier of any military unit in the Roman world; documents relating to the local economy; over a dozen pagan sanctuaries; plus a famously painted synagogue and the earliest Christian house church, all set in a gridiron city plan and surrounded by well-preserved fortifications. Dura's unique findings facilitate the study of life in a provincial small town to a degree that archaeology and history do not usually allow.

    • Adopts an interdisciplinary and theoretically informed approach to the subject
    • Addresses the current scholarly interest in the Roman Near East, whose sites are currently suffering heavy damage due to the unrest in Syria and Iraq
    • Boasts a broad and international range of contributors
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107560239
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.534kg
    • contains: 64 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Ted Kaizer
    1. Dura-Europos: a Greek town of the Parthian empire Leonardo Gregoratti
    2. Everyday life in Roman Dura-Europos: the evidence of dress practices Jennifer A. Baird
    3. Acculturation, hybridity, créolité: mapping cultural diversity in Dura-Europos Michael Sommer
    4. The problem with Parthian art at Dura Lucinda Dirven
    5. Gesture at Dura-Europos: a new interpretation of the so-called 'scène énigmatique' Maura K. Heyn
    6. Women and the religious life of Dura-Europos Jean-Baptiste Yon
    7. Multifunctional sanctuaries at Dura-Europos Julian Buchmann
    8. The Mithraeum of Dura-Europos: new perspectives Tommaso Gnoli
    9. Imperial representation at Dura-Europos: suggestions for urban paths Cristina Marta Acqua
    10. Thoughts on two Latin dipinti Jacqueline Austin
    11. The bilingual Palmyrene-Greek inscriptions at Dura-Europos: a comparison with the bilinguals from Palmyra Loren T. Stuckenbruck
    12. Economic life in Roman Dura-Europos Kai Ruffing
    13. The dangers of adventurous reconstruction: Frank Brown at Dura-Europos Susan B. Downey
    14. Dura-Europos and Yale: past, present and future Lisa R. Brody.

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    Ted Kaizer, University of Durham
    Ted Kaizer is Senior Lecturer in Roman Culture and History in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Durham. He is the author of The Religious Life of Palmyra (2002) and has written many articles on various aspects of religion and history of the Classical Levant.


    Ted Kaizer, Leonardo Gregoratti, Jennifer A. Baird, Michael Sommer, Lucinda Dirven, Maura K. Heyn, Jean-Baptiste Yon, Julian Buchmann, Tommaso Gnoli, Cristina Marta Acqua, Jacqueline Austin, Loren T. Stuckenbruck, Kai Ruffing, Susan B. Downey, Lisa R. Brody

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