Religious Diversity in Late Antiquity

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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.

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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) [ Full review]
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List of Contributors

Bibliographic Essay
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 Shimon Dar

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? Bryan Ward-Perkins

Popular Piety
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 Carla Sfameni

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 Isabella Sandwell

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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.