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Martyrdom and Rome : Wiles Lectures Given at the Queen's University of Belfast - G. W. Bowersock

Martyrdom and Rome

Wiles Lectures Given at the Queen's University of Belfast

Hardcover Published: 18th July 2002
ISBN: 9780521465397
Number Of Pages: 120

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This book examines the historical context of the earliest Christian martyrs, and anchors their grisly and often willful self-sacrifice to the everyday life and outlook of the cities (mostly Greek) of the Roman empire. By exploring the remains of contemporary documents of martyrdoms in the centuries before Constantine, it provides a historical explanation of why martyrdom occurred when and as it did, and thereby tries to expose the fundamental assumptions of a radical new form of religious and political dissidence that has been a powerful influence down to our own times.

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"...an interesting book with numerous insightful details...vital for any discussion of early Christian martyrdom." The Journal of Religion "...a significant contribution to the reawakened interest in the political and social dimensions of Christian martyrdom, as well as in the martyrological narratives themselves...argued with the clarity and magisterial command of the original sources that is characteristic of the author...a pivotal work in the impending debates over the meaning of Christian martyrdom." Brent D. Shaw, Catholic Historical Review "This is a succinct yet engrossing study, appropriate for both general and specialist audiences." Craig L. Hanson, Church History

The making of martyrdom
The written record
The civic role of martyrs
Martyrdom and suicide
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ISBN: 9780521465397
ISBN-10: 0521465397
Series: Wiles Lectures Given at the Queen's University of Belfast
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 120
Published: 18th July 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.28 x 14.48  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.23

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