Author: John Bodel
Release Date: 2012-11-12
Epigraphic Evidence is an accessible guide to the responsible use of Greek and Latin inscriptions as sources for ancient history. It introduces the types of historical information supplied by inscriptional texts and the methods with which they can be used. It outlines the limitations as well as the advantages of the different types of evidence covered. Epigraphic Evidence includes a general introduction, a guide to the arrangement of the standard corpora inscriptions and individual chapters on local languages and native cultures, epitaphs and the ancient economy amongst others.
Author: Paraskevi Martzavou
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2013
Epigraphical Approaches to the Postclassical Polis richly illustrates the multiple ways in which epigraphy enables historical analysis of the postclassical polis (city-state) across a world of geographically dispersed poleis. It looks at a variety of themes and aims to identify the postclassical polis both as a reality and as a constructed concept. The individual contributions show that the postclassical polis, both as a reality and as a representation,is the result of negotiations, ancient and modern; and how much of our understanding of the polis is built on patient, painstaking work on the inscriptions.
Author: Jennifer Baird
Release Date: 2010-10-18
Graffiti are ubiquitous within the ancient world, but remain underexploited as a form of archaeological or historical evidence. They include a great variety of texts and images written or drawn inside and outside buildings, in public and private places, on monuments in the city, on objects used in daily life, and on mountains in the countryside. In each case they can be seen as actively engaging with their environment in a variety of ways. Ancient Graffiti in Context interrogates this cultural phenomenon and by doing so, brings it into the mainstream of ancient history and archaeology. Focusing on different approaches to and interpretations of graffiti from a variety of sites and chronological contexts, Baird and Taylor pose a series of questions not previously asked of this evidence, such as: What are graffiti, and how can we interpret them? In what ways, and with whom, do graffiti communicate? To what extent do graffiti represent or subvert the cultural values of the society in which they occur? By comparing themes across time and space, and viewing graffiti in context, this book provides a series of interpretative strategies for scholars and students of the ancient world. As such it will be essential reading for Classical archaeologists and historians alike.
Author: Andrew Erskine
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2012-11-20
This Companion provides a comprehensive introduction to key topics in the study of ancient history. Examines the forms of evidence, problems, approaches, and major themes in the study of ancient history Comprises more than 40 essays, written by leading international scholars Moves beyond the primary focus on Greece and Rome with coverage of the various cultures within the ancient Mediterranean Draws on the latest research in the field Provides an essential resource for any student of ancient history
Author: Michael Crawford
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 1983-11-17
If a scholar wishes to create a picture of a topical society in all its aspects, there is little of what he needs to know that he cannot know, although there may still be much that he cannot understand. For the history of Greece and Rome, there is a great deal that is simply unknowable. From the end of the archaic age of Greece, there is an unbroken sequence of works by Greek and, later, Roman historians down to the end of antiquity. Their vision and range of interest were often limited and much of what they produced has been lost. Some help may be derived from the documentary material supplied in antiquity, material that was the product of officials organising public activities, or heads of families organising their affairs, or individuals leaving their mark on the world. Beyond this, the evidence of archaeology and numismatics may also be helpful. The four essays in this book set out to characterise the nature of the ancient literary tradition, the inscriptional material, the archaeological and numismatic evidence and to explain how and for what purposes they may be used.
Author: Roland Deines
Publisher: Mohr Siebrek Ek
Release Date: 2011
English summary: In New Testament research, the exploration of the witnesses of everyday life in antiquity has again attracted remarkable interest. However, interpreting the remains of material culture or documentary papyri raises complex methodological issues. The Third International Symposium of the Corpus Judaeo-Hellenisticum Project focused on the Hellenistic-Jewish perspectives on the conditions of everyday life. Once again, the main interest was the question of how the research on the Hellenistic-Jewish culture could contribute to the understanding of the New Testament and vice versa. This volume documents the interdisciplinary discourse between New Testament research and the fields of epigraphy, numismatics, archaeology, papyrology, iconography, geography and the history of culture. German description: Die Erforschung der lebensweltlichen Rahmenbedingungen der Entstehung neutestamentlicher Schriften erfahrt in den letzten Jahren starkere Beachtung. Die Beschaftigung mit den Zeugnissen der antiken Alltagskultur wirft aber methodische Fragen auf, die bisher in ihrer Tragweite kaum bedacht wurden. Das III. Internationale Symposium zum Corpus Judaeo-Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti hat sich dieser Thematik speziell unter dem Aspekt der judisch-hellenistischen Alltagskultur gewidmet. Dabei ging es erneut um awechselseitige Wahrnehmungen, d.h. um die Frage, welchen Beitrag die Erforschung der hellenistisch-judischen Alltagskultur fur das Verstandnis des Neuen Testaments leisten kann und umgekehrt, welche Perspektiven sich aus neutestamentlicher Sicht fur die Erforschung der judisch-hellenistischen Alltagskultur ergeben. Die Ertrage des interdisziplinaren Dialogs zwischen neutestamentlicher Forschung und Beitragen aus den Bereichen Epigraphik, Numismatik, Archaologie, Papyrologie, Ikonographie, Geographie und Kulturgeschichte sind in diesem Band dokumentiert.
Author: Esther Eidinow
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date: 2015
This handbook offers a comprehensive overview of scholarship in ancient Greek religion, from the Archaic to the Hellenistic periods. The handbook lays out the key dimensions of ancient Greek religion, approaches to evidence, and the representations of myths. The chapters reveal to readers the questions about, and the continuities and differences between, religious structures across time and place; including cultural interactions with Egypt, the Near East, theBlack Sea, and Bactria and India.
Author: Fergus Millar
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Release Date: 2002
One of the most influential contemporary historians of the ancient world, Fergus Millar has transformed the study of ancient history by shifting the focus of inquiry away from the narrow study of Athens and Rome onto the broader Mediterranean world. This book makes 16 of his most significant essays available in one edition for the first time.
Author: Polly Low
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 2007-05-03
Explores the assumptions and principles which determined the conduct and representation of interstate politics in Greece during the fifth and fourth centuries BC. A wide range of ancient evidence is employed, both epigraphic and literary, as well as some contemporary theoretical approaches to international politics.
Author: Charles E. Shepherd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: 2014-04-24
This study brings together the hermeneutical approaches of three Old Testament scholars, specifically as they pertain to the interpretation of Isaiah 52.13-53.12 in the framework of Christian theology. Contemporary discourse and hermeneutical discussions have led to the development of a point of confusion in theological hermeneutics, focusing on what relationship older frames of reference may have with those more recent. Bernhard Duhm is presented as a history-of-Religion scholar who does not easily abide by popular understandings of that school. Brevard Childs moves outward from particular historical judgments regarding the nature of redaction and form criticism, attempting to arrive at a proximately theological reading of the poem. Alec Motyer's evangelical commitments represent a large constituency of contemporary theological readership, and a popular understanding of Isaiah 53. Following a summary and critical engagement of each interpreter on his own terms, the study analyzes the use of rhetoric behind the respective readings of Isaiah 53, and proposes theological reading as a highly eclectic undertaking, distanced from the demarcations of 'pre-critical', 'critical', and 'post-critical'.
Author: Jane Draycott
Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited
Release Date: 2012
It refines the study of healing within Roman provincial culture, identifies diagnostic features of healing in material culture and offers a more contextualised reading of ancient medical literary and documentary papyri and archaeological evidence. This study differs from previous attempts to examine healing in Roman Egypt in that it tries, as far as possible, to encompass the full spectrum of healing strategies available to the inhabitants of the province. The first part of this study comprises two chapters and focuses on the practitioners of healing strategies, both 'professional' and 'amateur'. Chapter 2 examines those areas of ancient medicine that have traditionally been neglected or summarily dismissed by scholars: 'domestic' and 'folk' medicine with particular emphasis on the extent to which the specific natural environment of any given location affects healing strategies.