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This series takes a holistic and comparative approach to what is typically categorized as “religion” in roughly 100-800 C.E. throughout the Mediterranean and Near East.  Individual volumes, ca. 20,000 – 30,000 words in length, will be organized around three themes: Frameworks (modern and ancient); Sources (texts, objects, and spaces); and People (authorities and outsiders). They will serve as points of entry on an array of topics for students and scholars of late ancient religious worlds at all levels. Ideally, they will also advance the higher-order questions and debates that have emerged from the broadening of horizons in the study of late antiquity in recent years. Volumes will aim to identify the particular themes that characterize religion in late antiquity and will often cross traditional disciplinary lines. The series will, thus, be composed of contributions from classical studies, Early Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, among other fields. Collaborative volumes by scholars who work in different fields are therefore especially encouraged. Published online and available as print-on-demand paperbacks, the series can accommodate graphic elements such as images, charts, and tables.

Series editor

Andrew S. Jacobs is Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. He has taught at the University of California, Riverside, Scripps College, and Harvard Divinity School and is the author of Remains of the Jews: The Holy Land and Christian Empire in Late Antiquity; Christ Circumcised: A Study in Early Christian History and Difference; and Epiphanius of Cyprus: A Cultural Biography of Late Antiquity. He has co-edited Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader and Garb of Being: Embodiment and the Pursuit of Asceticism in Late Ancient Christianity. You can learn more about his research and teaching at; contact him about being an author or reader for this Elements series at; and follow him on Twitter @drewjakeprof.

Editorial Board

Krista Dalton, Kenyon College

Heidi Marx, University of Manitoba

Ellen Muehlberger, University of Michigan

Michael Pregill, Los Angeles, California

Kristina Sessa, Ohio State University

Stephen J. Shoemaker, University of Oregon