Alexandria in Late Antiquity
Topography and Social Conflict
Publication Year: 1996
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
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...kindness and wisdom of a number of individuals. They have gener ously contributed to this project, either by commenting on portions of it or by steering me toward further avenues of inquiry: Roger Bagnall, Robert Btanchi, Peter Brown, Alan Cameron, Michael Carr, son, Zsolt Kiss, Ludwig Koenen, Jean Marc Lepillez, Adele Linden-...
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Justinian was furious. For nearly ten years he had promoted careful administrative reforms in the empire's provinces. Yet one region in his vast domain still seemed to ignore the emperor's directives. Even though the allimportant tax revenues continued to flow uninterruptedly...
Two: The Urban Setting
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Throughout the autumn and spring of 2 9 7 / 9 8 , the anxious inhabitants of Alexandria looked out from their eastern walls onto the standards and tents of Diocletian's siege camp. The emperor, on his part, was attempting to crush a rebellion in Egypt which...
Three: The Social World
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Alexandria's prosperity during late antiquity resulted from its role as an important center of production and international trade. As a consequence, the city was able to sustain a population which could rival that of the Urbs Aetema, and surpass that of many...
Four: The Jewish Community
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After five centuries of periodic conflict, tensions between Alexandrian Jews and Gentiles reached a violent climax in late 414/early 415. Beginning with a disturbance in the theater, a spiral, of threats and intimidation escalated until, one night, a group of Alexandrian Jews set upon their Christian neighbors in a street...
Five: The Pagan Community
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By the 480s, the Roman Empire in the west was breaking up into the barbarian kingdoms of the early Middle Ages, In Gaul, Clovis had become king of the Salian Franks. In Italy, the boy-emperor Romulus Augustulus had been deposed by Odovacer at Ravenna, Both Cassiodorus and Boeihius...
Six: The Christian Community: The Interior Landscape and the Civic Landscape
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A popular Alexandrian story of the early seventh century told of two men who had been convicted of murder. The older of the two had implicated the younger one. They were led off to execution by the prefect's guard to a place outside the city, near a ruined temple of the god Kronos....
Seven: The Inner Life of the Christian Community: Clergy and People
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The services marking Holy Week in Alexandria must have been noisy, crowded affairs. To handle the throng of worshipers and encourage their quiet attention during the service, the deacons separated themselves into two groups. One group acted as ushers and discreetly removed crying infants and talkative adults. Another group remained at the door of the nave, ready to assist the doorkeepers at the outer door of the church in case the press of the...
Eight: Community and Factionalism in the Christian Community
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There is no doubt that Peter Is refusal to sit upon the patriarchal throne was the source of considerable consternation among the Alexandrian laity. Wh was Peter so resistant to the will of the people? In this instance, the vox populi ran up against the...
Nine: Intercommunal Conflict During Late Antiquity
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The people [demos] in general are an inflammable material, and allow very trivial pretexts to foment the flame of commotion, and not. in th least degree that of Alexandria, which presumes on its numbers— chiefly an obscure and promiscuous rabble—and vaunts forth its im pulses, with excessive audacity. Accordingly, it is said that everyone who...
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Intercommunal relations in Alexandria had passed through several distinct phases prior to Diocletian's capture of the city in 298. During the early Roman period, tensions remained high between the dominant pagan majority and Alexandria's sizable Jewish community. Although the Romans were able to maintain...
Eleven: Epilogue: From Roman Alexandria to Islamic Al-Iskandariyyah
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In the parish of Segny [a small town ol sixth-century Gaul], a certain girl of high rank in the world was seized upon by a cruel demon; she was not only shut up in a convent but even bound with iron chains. When many people, in the usual attempts to cure her, twined formulas of exorcism round her neck (the authors [of these formulas] being personally unknown...
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Page Count: 520
Illustrations: 38 illus.
Publication Year: 1996
Series Title: Ancient Society and History