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

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By Christopher Haas

Moment purely to Rome within the historic international, Alexandria used to be domestic to lots of past due antiquity's such a lot incredible 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 ebook 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 limitations, Alexandria presents the fashionable historian with an awesome chance to probe the multicultural make-up of an old city unit. Haas explores the extensive avenues and again alleys of Alexandria's neighborhoods, its suburbs and waterfront, and features of fabric tradition that underlay Alexandrian social and highbrow lifestyles. Organizing his dialogue round the city's spiritual and ethnic blocs -- Jews, pagans, and Christians -- he info the fiercely aggressive nature of Alexandrian social dynamics. not like fresh scholarship, which cites Alexandria as a version for peaceable coexistence inside a culturally diversified group, Haas reveals that the varied teams' struggles for social dominance and cultural hegemony frequently ended in violence and bloodshed -- a risky state of affairs often exacerbated via imperial intervention on one facet or the other.Eventually, Haas concludes, Alexandrian society completed a definite balance and reintegration -- a technique that ended in the transformation of Alexandrian civic id through the an important centuries among antiquity and the center a while.

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Also, we should note that acts of popular violence have the ability to reflect back upon urban social structure. The preoccupation of ancient observers with riots and hostile outbursts results in social descriptions of the participants which we would not have otherwise. Consequently, we may view the various manifestations 12 IntroductIOn of intercommunal violence as flash points that Illummate the mternal structure of the respective communities. They also highlight the changing roles of the major ethno-religious communities in the social world of late Roman Alexandria.

Just beyond the suburbs, various quarries and mines could be found which helped supply Alexandria’s needs in building materials (particularly limestone from the area known as Mex) as well as more valuable minerals such as alabaster. ” Although grazing took place all along the shores of Lake Mareotis and extended as far as the Nile, the focus of the region’s economic activity appears to have been an important cattle market just outside Alexandria’s walls, not far 39 Alexandna m Late AntIquity from the camp at Nicopolis.

GeographlCal compendium provides us with the most complete description of Alexandria found many anC1ent source Yet Strabo omlts certain topograph1cal features from his account: the eastern necropohs, the Agora, and the bUlldings that housed the clty government Consequently, h1S walking tour of Alexandna should be treated w1th a measure of caution The need for cautiOn is especially compellmg m the context of th1s study, 23 Alexandria in Late AntiqUIty since the city in which Strabo strolled is as distant in time from late Roman Alexandria as the New Amsterdam of Peter Stuyvesant IS from modem New York.

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