This new volume in the well-established Late Antique Archaeology series draws together recent research by archaeologists and historians to shed new light on the religious world of Late Antiquity. A detailed bibliographic essay provides an overview of relevant literature, while individual articles explore the diversity of late antique religion. Rabbinic and non-rabbinic Judaism is traced in Beth Shearim, Dura Europus and Sepphoris, and the Samaritan community in Israel, while Christian concepts of orthodoxy and heresy are examined with a particular focus on the 'Arian' Controversy. Popular piety receives close attention, through the archaeology of pilgrimage and the stylite 'pillar saints', and so too does the complex relationship between religion and magic and between sacred and secular in Late Antiquity.
Contributors are David M. Gwynn, Susanne Bangert, Jodi Magness, Zeev Weiss, Shimon Dar, Michel-Yves Perrin, Bryan Ward-Perkins, Lukas Amadeus Schachner, Arja Karivieri, Carla Sfameni, Claude Lepelley, Mark Humphries, Elizabeth Jeffreys, and Isabella Sandwell.
David M. Gwynn, Ph.D. Oxford (2003), is Lecturer in Ancient and Late Antique History at Royal Holloway, University of London. His recent publications include
The Eusebians: The Polemic of Athanasius of Alexandria and the Construction of the ‘Arian Controversy’ (OUP 2007) and the edited volume
A.H.M. Jones and the Later Roman Empire (Brill 2008).
Susanne Bangert, Ph.D. Copenhagen (2005), is Museum Inspector, Naestved Museum, Denmark. Her doctoral thesis will shortly be published as
The Ashmolean Collection of Menas Ampullae within Their Social Context (Archaeopress, Oxford).
"an excellent representative of contemporary approaches to the important questions of Late Antique religious change, among religious identities as well as in the nature and scope of the religious sphere. As the editors point out in the introduction, material and textual evidence present different opportunities and limitations. The religious history of this period will surely benefit from collaborative efforts like this one." – Alice Christ,
School of Art and Visual Studies, University of Kentucky, in:
American Journal of Archaeology 117/2 (April 2013) [
List of Contributors
Religious Diversity in Late Antiquity: An Introduction
David M. Gwynn and Susanne Bangert
Jews and Samaritans
Third Century Jews and Judaism at Beth Shearim and Dura Europus
Religious Diversity in Late Antiquity: A bibliographic Essay David M. GwynnJodi Magness Artistic Trends and Contact between Jews and 'Others' in Late Antique Sepphoris: Recent Research
Zeev Weiss Archaeological Aspecxts of Samaritan Research in Israel
Orthodoxy and Heresy
The Limits of the Heresiological Ethos in Late Antiquity
Michel-Yves Perrin Archaeology and the 'Arian Controvery' in the Fourth Century
David M. Gwynn Where is the Archaeology and Iconography of Germanic Arianism?
The Archaeology of Pilgrimage: Abu Mina and Beyond
Susanne Bangert The Archaeology of the Stylite
Likas Amadeus Schachner
Magic and Religion
Magic and Suncretic Religious Culture in the East
Arja Karivieri Magic in Late Antiquity: The Evidence of Magical Gems
Sacred and Secular
The Use of Secularised Latin Pagan Culture by Christians
Claude Lepelley The Sacred and the Secular: The Presence or Absence of Christain Religious Thought in Secular Writing in the Late Antique West
Mark Humphries with David M. Gwynn Literary Genre or Religious Apathy? The Presence or Absence of Theology and Religious Thought in Secular Writing in the Late antique East
Elizabeth Jeffreys John Chrysostom's Audiences and His Accusations of Religious Laxity
Abstracts in French
All those interested in late antique history and archaeology, patristics and church history, Jewish studies, the history of asceticism and magic, and religious history more broadly.