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Title Memories of utopia : the revision of histories and landscapes in Late Antiquity / edited by Bronwen Neil and Kosta Simic
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 284 pages)
Series Routledge monographs in classical studies
Routledge monographs in classical studies
Summary "These essays examine how various communities remembered and commemorated their shared past through the lens of utopia and its corollary, dystopia, providing a framework for the reinterpretation of rapidly changing religious, cultural and political realities of the turbulent period from 300 to 750 CE. The common theme of the chapters is the utopian ideals of religious groups, whether these are inscribed on the body, on the landscape, in texts or other cultural objects. The volume is the first to apply this conceptual framework to Late Antiquity, when historically significant conflicts arose between the adherents of four major religious identities: Greco-Roman "pagans", newly dominant Christians, diaspora Jews who were more or less persecuted, depending on the current regime, and the emerging religion and power of Islam. Late Antiquity was thus a period when dystopian realities competed with memories of a mythical Golden Age, variously conceived according to the religious identity of the group. The contributors come from a range of disciplines, including cultural studies, religious studies, ancient history and art history, and employ both theoretical and empirical approaches. This volume is unique in the range of evidence it draws upon, both visual and textual, to support the basic argument, that utopia in Late Antiquity, whether conceived spiritually, artistically or politically, was a place of the past but also of the future, even of the Afterlife. Memories of Utopia will be of interest to historians, archaeologists, and art historians of the later Roman empire, and those working on religion in Late Antiquity and Byzantium"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Bronwen Neil, FAHA, is professor of ancient history at Macquarie University, Australia, and research associate of the department of Biblical and Ancient Studies at the University of South Africa. She is director of the Centre for Ancient Cultural Heritage and Environment (CACHE) at Macquarie University. Her publications on Late Antiquity include studies of letter-writing, gender, bishops of Rome, dream interpretation, and hagiography. Kosta Simic (PhD Australian Catholic University, 2018) is a sessional lecturer and postdoctoral researcher in the School of Theology at the Australian Catholic University, Brisbane. He has published two books and several articles on Byzantine hymnography
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Subject Utopias -- History -- To 1500
Utopias -- Religious aspects
Utopias -- Byzantine Empire
HISTORY / Ancient / General
Utopias -- Religious aspects.
Byzantine Empire -- Civilization
Byzantine Empire.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Neil, Bronwen, editor
Simić, Kosta, editor
LC no. 2019038123
ISBN 0429448503