Alexandria in Late Antiquity: Topography and Social Conflict by Christopher Haas

By Christopher Haas

Moment purely to Rome within the historical international, Alexandria was once domestic to lots of past due antiquity's such a lot very good writers, philosophers, and theologians -- between them Philo, Origen, Arius, Athanasius, Hypatia, Cyril, and John Philoponus. Now, in Alexandria in past due Antiquity, Christopher Haas deals the 1st publication to put those figures in the actual and social context of Alexandria's bustling city milieu. as a result of its transparent demarcation of communal barriers, Alexandria offers the fashionable historian with a terrific chance to probe the multicultural make-up of an old city unit. Haas explores the huge avenues and again alleys of Alexandria's neighborhoods, its suburbs and waterfront, and elements of fabric tradition that underlay Alexandrian social and highbrow lifestyles. Organizing his dialogue round the city's non secular and ethnic blocs -- Jews, pagans, and Christians -- he info the fiercely aggressive nature of Alexandrian social dynamics. unlike contemporary scholarship, which cites Alexandria as a version for peaceable coexistence inside of a culturally different group, Haas unearths that the various teams' struggles for social dominance and cultural hegemony frequently ended in violence and bloodshed -- a unstable state of affairs usually exacerbated by way of imperial intervention on one facet or the other.Eventually, Haas concludes, Alexandrian society accomplished a undeniable balance and reintegration -- a approach that led to the transformation of Alexandrian civic id in the course of the the most important centuries among antiquity and the center a long time.

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Alexandria in Late Antiquity: Topography and Social Conflict (Ancient Society and History)

Moment merely to Rome within the historical international, Alexandria was once domestic to a lot of overdue antiquity's so much outstanding writers, philosophers, and theologians -- between them Philo, Origen, Arius, Athanasius, Hypatia, Cyril, and John Philoponus. Now, in Alexandria in past due Antiquity, Christopher Haas bargains the 1st publication to put those figures in the actual and social context of Alexandria's bustling city milieu.

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The contents of how many persons' lodgings lxemaisl did they give away to the soldiers who assisted them! Who had not experience of their Wickedness? Who that met them but was obliged to hide himself m the marketplace lagoranp Did not many a person leave hiS house from fear of them, and pass the mght in the desert lermiasl? .. And who, however inexpenenced of the sea , did not choose rather to commit himself to It , and to fisk all its dangers, than to witness their threatenings? Many also changed their residences, and removed from street to street llauras eis lauranl, and from the city to the suburbs lapo Its poleos eis ta proasteial.

The pagan community began thiS period as the hegemoniC group in Alexandria and gradually was forced into a subservient status by the early part of the fifth century. The Jewish community, on the other hand , always remamed a minority in Alexandrian society, but its socioeconomic position in the city dictated that it be treated as an essential component of the Alexandrian social dynamiC. Consequently, these commumtles serve as two of the important missing players in the sometimes-violent drama that took place on the stage of late antique Alexandria.

It is quite possible that the baths, lecture halls, and small theater located close-by at K6m el-Dikka were designed, in part, to take over the sOClal role formerly held by the gymnasmm. Beyond the two main gates of the CIty were a number of important extramural distncts. A western necropolis grew up on the other side of the New Canal, and this regIOn saw a gradual encroachment of suburban dwellings throughout late antiqUity. Alexandrias eastern suburbs developed around two prominent sites: the hippo- 31 Alexandria In Late Antiquity drome, and Augustus's garrison camp at Nicopolis.

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