Martyrdom and Rome Paperback

by G.w. Bowersock;

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Martyrdom and Rome

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This book examines the historical context of the earliest Christian martyrs, and anchors their grisly and often wilful self-sacrifice to the everyday life and outlook of the cities of the Roman empire. Professor Bowersock begins by investigating both the time and the region in which martyrdom, as we know it, came into being. He also offers comparisons of the Graeco-Roman background with the martyrology of Jews and Muslims. A study of official protocols illuminates the bureaucratic institutions of the Roman state as they applied to the first martyrs; and the martyrdoms themselves are seen within the context of urban life (and public spectacle) in the great imperial cities. By considering martyrdom in relation to suicide, the author is also able to demonstrate the peculiarly Roman character of Christian self-sacrifice in relation to other forms of deadly resistance to authority.

Martyrdom and Rome by G.w. Bowersock was published by Cambridge University Press in October 2002. The ISBN for Martyrdom and Rome is 9780521530491.

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Details for Martyrdom and Rome

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (October 2002)
Number of Pages120
Thickness7 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code1192226
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