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Alexandria (Hardback)

A Cultural & Religious Melting Pot

Ancient History > Ancient Greece & the Hellenistic World > Graeco-Roman Ancient History > Late Antiquity & Byzantium > Early Christianity & Patristics

Imprint: Aarhus University Press
Series: Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity
Pages: 176
Illustrations: b/w illus
ISBN: 9788779344914
Published: 31st January 2010
Casemate UK Academic

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Throughout the entire span of Graeco-Roman antiquity Alexandria represented a meeting place for many ethnic cultures and the city itself was subject to a wide range of local developments, which created and formatted a distinct Alexandrine 'culture' as well as several distinct 'cultures'. Ancient Greek, Roman and Jewish observers communicated or held claim to that particular message. Hence, Arrian, Theocritus, Strabo, and Athenaeus reported their fascination of the Alexandrine melting pot to the wider world and so did Philo, Josephus and Clement. In various fashions, the four papers of Part I of the volume, Alexandria from Greece and Egypt, deal with the relationship between Ptolemaic Alexandria and its Greek past. However, the Egyptian origin and heritage also play important roles for the arguments. The contributions to the second part of the book are devoted to discussions of various aspects of contact and development between Rome, Judaism and Christianity.

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