A Social and Cultural History of Late Antiquity

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A Social and Cultural History of Late Antiquity was released by Wiley in 2017.

“As a textbook, this book is ambitious. No other book that covers late antiquity is quite like it.” — Nicola Denzey Lewis, Reading Religion, American Academy of Religion, September 12, 2018

A Social and Cultural History of Late Antiquity examines the social and cultural landscape of the Late Antique Mediterranean. The text offers a picture of everyday life as it was lived in the spaces around and between two of the most memorable and towering figures of the time—Constantine and Muhammad. The author captures the period using a wide-lens, including Persian material from the mid third century through Umayyad material of the mid eighth century C.E. The book offers a rich picture of Late Antique life that is not just focused on Rome, Constantinople, or Christianity.

Using nuanced terms to talk about complex issues and fills a gap in the literature, this important resource surveys major themes such as power, gender, community, cities, politics, law, art and architecture, and literary culture. It is richly illustrated and filled with maps, lists of rulers and key events. Above all, it offers an examination of everyday life in the era when adherents of three of the major religions of today—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—faced each other for the first time, in the same environment.