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Visions of Community in the Post-Roman World: The West, Byzantium and the Islamic World, 300-1100

by Walter Pohl & Clemens Gantner

This volume looks at 'visions of community' in a comparative perspective, from Late Antiquity to the dawning of the age of crusades. It addresses the question of why and how distinctive new political cultures...


Truthfulness, Realism, Historicity: A Study in Late Antique Spiritual Literature

by Peter Turner

The subject of this book is a wide range of spiritual narrative texts from the third to the sixth centuries A.D.: pagan philosophical biographies, Greek and Latin Christian saints' lives, and autobiographical...


Shipping, Trade and Crusade in the Medieval Mediterranean: Studies in Honour of John Pryor

by Ruthy Gertwagen & Elizabeth Jeffreys

The cutting-edge papers in this collection come from some of the most distinguished practitioners world-wide in the fields of Crusading history and the maritime history of the medieval Mediterranean. Issues...


Poetry and its Contexts in Eleventh-century Byzantium

by Floris Bernard & Kristoffel Demoen

Byzantine poetry of the eleventh century is fascinating, yet underexplored terrain. This book, the first collaborative book-length study on the topic, takes an important step to fill this gap. It brings together...


The Hypotyposis of the Monastery of the Theotokos Evergetis, Constantinople (11th-12th Centuries): Introduction, Translation and Commentary

by R. H. Jordan & Rosemary Morris

This book forms part of the Evergetis Project, which aims to investigate all surviving texts associated with the Theotokos Evergetis Monastery near Constantinople (founded 1049). Together with an English translation...


The Ashgate Research Companion to Byzantine Hagiography: Volume I: Periods and Places

by Stephanos Efthymiadis

This Companion is the work of an international team of specialists and represents the first comprehensive survey ever produced in the field of Byzantine Hagiography. It will consist of two volumes and is addressed...


Interpreting the Bible and Aristotle in Late Antiquity: The Alexandrian Commentary Tradition between Rome and Baghdad

by Josef Lössl & John W. Watt

This book brings together sixteen studies by international scholars on the origins and early development of the Latin and Syriac biblical and philosophical commentary traditions. With its breadth and ground-breaking...


A Cretan Healer's Handbook in the Byzantine Tradition: Text, Translation and Commentary

by Patricia Ann Clark

This is an edition and translation of a traditional healer's notebook from Crete. It belongs to the genre of iatrosophia: practical manuals of collected healing wisdom with admixtures of agricultural and household...


Marino Sanudo Torsello, The Book of the Secrets of the Faithful of the Cross: Liber Secretorum Fidelium Crucis

by Peter Lock

This is the first full English translation of Marino Sanudo Torsello's Secreta fidelium Crucis, a piece of crusading propaganda following the fall of Acre in 1291, written between 1300 and 1321 and based on...


Romans, Barbarians, and the Transformation of the Roman World: Cultural Interaction and the Creation of Identity in Late Antiquity

by Ralph W. Mathisen & Danuta Shanzer

One of the most significant transformations of the Roman world between the fourth and seventh centuries C.E. was the integration and impact of barbarian peoples into the social, cultural, religious and political...


Health and Disease in Byzantine Crete (7th-12th centuries AD)

by Chryssi Bourbou

This book is a pioneering publication on Greek Byzantine populations, opening a window on health status and dietary patterns through the lens of bioarchaeological research. Drawing on a diversity of disciplines...


Meditations

by Marcus Aurelius & Meric Casaubon

Dive into a collection of thought-provoking essays from one of the most remarkable figures in history, Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius lays out his personal philosophy of stoicism,...


A Critical History of Greek Philosophy

by W. T. Stace

Virtually every aspect of the modern Western worldview has its roots in the remarkably diverse body of philosophy that emerged from a small patch of land in the Mediterranean thousands of years ago. This volume...


Apology

by Plato & Benjamin Jowett

This historically renowned oration was presented by Socrates in his own defense after he had been formally accused of corrupting the youth of Athens. It is not an apology in the traditional sense of expressing...


The Last Roman: Romulus Augustulus and the Decline of the West

by Adrian Murdoch

A story of an empire breathing its last, this work is a biography about Romulus Augustulus. It focuses on the personalities behind this story and reveals the world into which Romulus was born - an empire that...


It's All Greek To Me: From Homer to the Hippocratic Oath, How Ancient Greece Has Shaped Our World

by Charlotte Higgins

Why is ancient Greece important? Because, quite simply, if we want to understand the modern Western world, we need to look back to the Greeks. Consider the way we think about ethics, about the nature of beauty...


Status in Classical Athens

by Deborah Kamen

Ancient Greek literature, Athenian civic ideology, and modern classical scholarship have all worked together to reinforce the idea that there were three neatly defined status groups in classical Athens--citizens,...


The Portland Vase

by Robin Brooks

For thousands of years an enigmatic and astonishingly beautiful piece of Roman art has captivated those who have come in contact with it.Made before the birth of Christ, the Portland Vase, as it is called, is...


Money, Power and Politics in Early Islamic Syria: A Review of Current Debates

by John Haldon

The transformation of the eastern provinces of the Roman empire from the middle of the seventh century CE under the impact of Islam has attracted a good deal of scholarly attention in recent years, and as more...


Standard Languages and Language Standards - Greek, Past and Present

by Alexandra Georgakopoulou & Michael Silk

This volume brings together scholars from different disciplines, with a variety of perspectives, linguistic and literary, historical and social, to address issues of control, prescription, planning and perceptions...