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By Christopher Haas

moment in basic terms to Rome within the historical international, Alexandria used to be domestic to a lot of overdue antiquity's so much excellent writers, philosophers, and theologians -- between them Philo, Origen, Arius, Athanasius, Hypatia, Cyril, and John Philoponus. Now, in Alexandria in overdue Antiquity, Christopher Haas deals the 1st ebook to put those figures in the actual and social context of Alexandria's bustling city milieu. due to its transparent demarcation of communal barriers, Alexandria presents the fashionable historian with an awesome chance to probe the multicultural make-up of an old city unit. Haas explores the wide avenues and again alleys of Alexandria's neighborhoods, its suburbs and waterfront, and elements of fabric tradition that underlay Alexandrian social and highbrow existence. 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 assorted group, Haas unearths that the varied teams' struggles for social dominance and cultural hegemony frequently ended in violence and bloodshed -- a risky scenario often exacerbated by means of imperial intervention on one facet or the other.Eventually, Haas concludes, Alexandrian society completed a definite balance and reintegration -- a method that led to the transformation of Alexandrian civic identification throughout the an important centuries among antiquity and the center Ages.

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