Corinth in Contrast, archaeologists, historians, art historians, classicists, and New Testament scholars examine the stratified nature of socio-economic, political, and religious interactions in the city from the Hellenistic period to Late Antiquity. The volume challenges standard social histories of Corinth by focusing on the unequal distribution of material, cultural, and spiritual resources. Specialists investigate specific aspects of cultural and material stratification such as commerce, slavery, religion, marriage and family, gender, and art, analyzing both the ruling elite of Corinth and the non-elite Corinthians who made up the majority of the population. This approach provides insight into the complex networks that characterized every ancient urban center and sets an agenda for future studies of Corinth and other cities rule by Rome.
Steven J. Friesen, Ph.D. (1990), Harvard University, is the Louise Farmer Boyer Chair in Biblical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of
Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John: Reading Revelation in the Ruins (Oxford, 2001).
Sarah A. James, Ph.D (2010), University of Texas at Austin, is an Assistant Professor in Classics at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research involves the material culture of Corinth during the Hellenistic and early Roman periods.
Daniel N. Schowalter, Th.D. (1989) Harvard Divinity School, is Professor of Classics and Religion at Carthage College. He is co-Director of the Omrit Settlement Excavations in northern Israel and co-editor of
The Roman Temple Complex at Horvat Omirt (Archaeopress, 2011).
"Methodologically, this book demonstrates how investigation of material cultural artifacts might generate insights about economic and social issues. Recommended for Roman social historians, researchers of ancient material and visual culture, and scholars of ancient Christianity." – Richard Last,
Queen’s University at Kingston, in:
Religious Studies Review 41/2 (June 2015)
1. Steven J. Friesen, Sarah A. James, and Daniel N. Schowalter, Inequality in Corinth (you say that like it’s a bad thing)
Elites and Non-elites
2. Sarah A. James, The Last of the Corinthians? Society and Settlement from 146 to 44 BCE
3. Benjamin W. Millis, The Local Magistrates and Elite of Roman Corinth
4. Laura S. Nasrallah, “You Were Bought with a Price”: Freedpersons and Things in 1 Corinthians
5. Sarah Lepinksi, Painting Practices in Roman Corinth: Greek or Roman?
Socio-economic Inequality in Corinth
6. Guy D. R. Sanders, Landlords and Tenants: Sharecroppers and Subsistence Farming in Corinthian Historical Context
7. David K. Pettegrew, The Diolkos and the Emporion: How a Land Bridge Framed the Commercial Economy of Roman Corinth
8. William Caraher, The Ambivalent Landscape of Christian Corinth: The Archaeology of Place, Theology, and Politics in a Late Antique City
9. Daniel N. Schowalter, Regilla Standing By: Reconstructed Statuary and Re-inscribed Bases in Fourth-Century Corinth.
Inequalities in Gender & Religion in Roman Corinth
10. Ronald S. Stroud, Religion and Magic in Roman Corinth
11. Steven J. Friesen, Junia Theodora of Corinth: Gendered Inequalities in the Early Empire
12. Caroline Johnson Hodges, ‘Mixed Marriage’ in Early Christianity: Trajectories from Corinth
Academic libraries, specialists, and graduate students in the social history of the Roman Empire, archaeology, and early Christian studies, with special interest in religion and socio-economic analysis.