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I am profoundly indebted to many colleagues, mentors, friends and family members, without whom this book would not have been completed. First and foremost, I would like to thank my doctoral advisers from the Religion Department at Columbia University, Professor John A. McGuckin and Professor Vincent L. Wimbush, who enthusiastically encouraged me to pursue my chosen topic of research and generously supported me throughout the process of writing. I owe special thanks to my three external dissertation readers, who offered invaluable advice and excellent expertise: Professor Kathy H. Eden from the Classics and Comparative Literature Departments at Columbia University; the late Professor Alan F. Segal from the Religion Department at Barnard College; and Professor William V. Harris from the History Department at Columbia University. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to Professor Roger S. Bagnall from the Classics Department at Columbia University and Professor Hal Taussig at Union Theological Seminary for their critical feedback and collegial support. In addition, I would like to acknowledge the receipt of generous research fellowships from Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, and the Whiting Foundation. I am most grateful for the funds that I was awarded and the opportunity that they afforded me to dedicate my time to do research, to travel and to write. In addition, I would like to express my gratitude for the chance to present my research project in different academic venues and to receive helpful feedback from colleagues at Columbia University, Union Theological Seminary, and other academic institutions. I am particularly thankful for taking part in the international conference on the “Spread of Early Christianity in the First Four Centuries” organized at Columbia’s Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, where I was able to present the early stages of this research project. As a result of it, I was able to contribute the article “Barbarians and the Empire-wide Spread of Christianity” to the collective volume entitled The Spread of Christianity in the First Four Centuries. Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition, edited by William V. Harris (Boston: Brill, 2005).

The list of names of colleagues who have offered their encouragement and support for this research project would be too long to enumerate in its entirety, but I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude especially to Dr. Margaret Aymer, Dr. Denise Buell, Dr. Gay Byron, Dr. Kate Cooper, Dr. Andrew Jacobs, Dr. Jennifer Knust, Dr. Jinyu Liu, Dr. Kimberly Stratton, and Dr. Zsuzsana Varhelyi, among others. Also, I would also like to express my deep appreciation to my esteemed friends and colleagues, who have read the manuscript in part or in its entirety and have offered critical comments and helpful suggestions: Dr. Anna Boozer, Dr. Mina Brenneman, Dr. Polina Dimova, Dr. Zachary Herz, Dr. John Lee, Dr. Asha Moorthy, Dr. Jonathan Pratt, Dr. David Ratzan, and Dr. Judith Wermuth-Atkinson. I remain deeply indebted to all of them for their valuable contributions. Last but not least, I would like to thank Matthew W. Bennett and Dr. Paul Lim for connecting me with Dr. Robert J. Bast, the editor-in-chief of the book series Studies in the History of Christian Traditions, and Ivo Romein from History, Slavic and Eurasian Studies at Brill Academic Publishers. I am extremely grateful for all the expert support that I have received from the representatives of Brill Academic Publishers, without whom this book would not be a reality. I would like to dedicate this work to the memory of my father and to my mother, whose unceasing love, generosity and support have made it possible for me to pursue my intellectual interests and to achieve many academic and personal goals. To all these mentioned here and to many more, I owe my heartfelt appreciation and my most sincere thanks.

Stamenka E. Antonova

New York City

Barbarian or Greek?

The Charge of Barbarism and Early Christian Apologetics