Being Christian in Late Antiquity: A Festschrift for Gillian Clark

Carol Harrison, Caroline Humfress, Isabella Sandwell (eds)

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Table of Contents Introduction: The Discourses of Gillian Clark., Averil Cameron I: Being Christian through Reading, Writing and Hearing 1. Why Don't Jews Write Biography? Simon Goldhill 2. The Maccabaean Mother between Pagans, Jews and Christians., Tessa Rajak 3. On the Status of BBooks in Early Christianity., Guy Stroumsa 4. An Inextinguishable Memory: Pagan Past and Presence in Early Christian Writing., Joseph Lossl 5. Playing Ball: Augustine and Plutarch on Capturing Wisdom., Carol Harrison II: Being Christian in Community 6. Fiunt, non nascuntur christiani: Conversion, Community and Christian Identity in Late Antiquity? Andrew Louth 7. Julian and the Christian Professors, Neil McLynn 8. The City of Augustine: On the Interpretation of Civitas, Catherine Conybeare 9. Christianity and Authority in Late Antiquity: The Transformation of the Concept ofNBAuctoritas, Karla Pollmann 10. Church Councils and Local Authority: The Development of Gallic Libri Canonum during Late Antiquity, Ralph Mathisen III: The Particularities of Being Christian. 11. The Empresses' tale, AD 300-360, Jill Harries 12. 'Being Female':Verse commemoration at the Coemeterium S. Agnetis (Via Nomentana), Dennis Trout 13. Self Portrait as a Landscape: Ausonius and his Herediolum, Oliver Nicholson 14. Fashions for Varro in Late Antiquity and Christian Ways with Books, Mark Vessey 15. The Image of a Christian Monk in Northern Syria: Symeon Stylites the Younger, Fergus Millar. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: What do we mean when we talk about "being Christian" in Late Antiquity? This volume brings together sixteen world-leading scholars of ancient Judaism, Christianity, and Greco-Roman culture and society to explore this question, in honor of the ground-breaking scholarship of Professor Gillian Clark. After an introduction to the volume's dedicatee and themes by Averil Cameron, the papers in Section I, "Being Christian through Reading, Writing, and Hearing," analyze the roles that literary genre, writing, reading, hearing, and the literature of the past played in the formation of what it meant to be Christian. The essays in Section II move on to explore how late antique Christians sought to create, maintain, and represent Christian communities: communities that were both "textually created" and "enacted in living realities." Finally in Section III, "The Particularities of Being Christian," the contributions examine what it was to be Christian from a number of different ways of representing oneself, each of which raises questions about certain kinds of "particularities," for example, gender, location, education, and culture.

Bringing together primary source material from the early Imperial period up to the seventh century AD and covering both the Eastern and Western Empires, the papers in this volume demonstrate that what it meant to be Christian cannot simply be taken for granted. "Being Christian" was part of a continual process of construction and negotiation, as individuals and Christian communities alike sought to relate themselves to existing traditions, social structures, and identities, at the same time as questioning and critiquing the past(s) in their present.

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Carol Harrison was born and educated in the North East of England and has spent very little time away from this region. She read Theology at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and continued her doctoral research in Oxford and Paris. She taught at Hull University for a year but was soon drawn back to live and work in the shadow of Durham Cathedral. She has taught in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham since 1989 and is currently Professor of the History and Theology of the Latin West. As with the North East, she has spent very little time away from Augustine of Hippo, and has previously published three books on various aspects of his thought with OUP. Her latest book The Art of Listening in the Early Church (2013) represents a departure from Augustine, although she has found it impossible to leave him behind.

Caroline Humfress (PhD Cantab.) is Reader in History at Birkbeck College, University of London. Before moving to Birkbeck College in 2004, she was Carlyle Research Fellow in the History of Political Thought at the University of Oxford and Assistant Professor of Law and Rhetoric in the Department of Rhetoric, University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Orthodoxy and the Courts in Late Antiquity (2007), as well as various edited volumes, essays and articles on legal history and Late Antique religion.

Isabella Sandwell (PhD UCL) is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Bristol. She previously held temporary posts at Kings College London and Birbeck College London. She is author of Religious Identity in Late Antiquity: Greeks, Jews and Christians in Antioch, as well as a number of other edited volumes, essays and articles on late antique religion and society. She is currently working on late antique preaching and audience reception of it.

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Book Description Condition: New. Oxford University Press, 2014. 316p. Cloth with dust wrps. ?The central theme of this collected volume, published on the occasion of Gillian Clark?s retirement as Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Bristol, explores what it meant to become and be Christian in the ancient Mediterranean world, in particular in the late antique period. The theme is well chosen since it was and still is so pivotal to Clark?s own scholarship. She published widely on the Christianization of the Graeco-Roman world in general, on St. Augustine specifically, but also on women in late antiquity; and she wrote the useful booklet ?Late Antiquity. A Very Short Introduction (2011). Apart from that she was one of the driving forces behind the series ?Translated Texts for Historians? Clark?s contributions to scholarship are eloquently described by Averil Cameron in the introductory chapter of the volume. The volume contains fifteen contributions by British and American friends and colleagues of Clark, most of them scholars of great renown in the field of studies of late antique studies. Almost all relate to Clark?s own scholarly work.? (JAN WILLEM DRIJVERS in Church History, 2015, p.649). A.o.: S. GOLDHILL: Why Don?t Jews Write Biography? (pp.13-39); G.G. STROUMSA: On the Status of Books in Early Christianity (pp.57-74); C. HARRISON: Augustine and Plutarch on Capturing Wisdom (pp.90-109); N.Mc.LYNN: Julian and the Christian Professors (pp.120-139); K. POLLMANN: Christianity and Authority in Late Antiquity: The Transformation of the Concept of ?Auctoritas? (pp.156-175); D. TROUT: ?Being Female?: Verse Commemoration at the ?Coemeterium S. Agnetis? (Via Nomentana) (pp.215-235); M. VESSEY: Fashions for Varro in Late Antiquity and Christian Ways with Books (pp.253-278). Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 47147

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