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

By Christopher Haas

Moment in simple terms to Rome within the old global, Alexandria used to be domestic to lots of past due antiquity's so much amazing 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 publication 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 trendy historian with a great chance to probe the multicultural make-up of an historical city unit. Haas explores the large avenues and again alleys of Alexandria's neighborhoods, its suburbs and waterfront, and facets of fabric tradition that underlay Alexandrian social and highbrow existence. Organizing his dialogue round the city's non secular and ethnic blocs -- Jews, pagans, and Christians -- he information 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 neighborhood, Haas unearths that the various teams' struggles for social dominance and cultural hegemony usually led to violence and bloodshed -- a risky scenario often exacerbated by way of imperial intervention on one aspect or the other.Eventually, Haas concludes, Alexandrian society accomplished 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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The finely made glass 33 Alexandna in Late Antiquzty productions of Alexandrian workshops gained a wIde currency, from the tables of emperors to the cupboards of rural villagers in the Fayylim. One should not imagme, however, that these workshops were vast enterprises employing hundreds of workers. At K6m elDikka, the ground floors of several neighboring residential dwellings were given over to the manufacture and sale of glass beads. The best preserved of these "workshops" consisted of eleven to fourteen small rooms, none more than six meters on a side, which were arranged around a modest courtyard.

In placing the city's communal groups within a coherent urban milieu , we need not be shackled by a rigid form of materialistic determinism. Nevertheless, careful attention should be paid to the various elements composing Alexandria's urban environment, such as the city's physical setting, its economic life, demographic structure, civic institutions, and administrative apparatus. More than a vague background for the events of these centuries, this urban environment demonstrably affects and in part shapes the course of historical developments.

At the other end were the dally contacts between members of the different commumties characteristic of a diverse 11 Alexandria In Late Antiquity cosmopolitan urban setting. Legal and papyrological texts reveal a complex network of social and economic relationships, rangmg from intermarriage and slaveholding to everyday commercial transactions-relations often ignored by ancient chroniclers and their modern commentators in favor of the riots and violence which make for much more exciting reading.

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