Memory in Jewish, Pagan and Christian Societies of the Graeco-Roman World

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A&C Black, Jul 29, 2004 - Religion - 157 pages
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The ten studies in this book explore the phenomenon of public memory in societies of the Graeco-Roman period. Mendels begins with a concise discussion of the historical canon that emerged in Late Antiquity and brought with it the (distorted) memory of ancient history in Western culture. The following nine chapters each focus on a different source of collective memory in order to demonstrate the patchy and incomplete associations ancient societies had with their past, including discussions of Plato's Politeia, a "site of memory" of the early church, and the dichotomy existing between the reality of the land of Israel in the Second Temple period and memories of it.

Throughout the book, Mendels shows that since the societies of Antiquity had associations with only bits and pieces of their past, these associations could be slippery and problematic, constantly changing, multiplying and submerging. Memories, true and false, oral and inscribed, provide good evidence for this fluidity.
 

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Contents

How was our Collective Memory of Ancient History
1
Fragmented Historical Memories
30
The Alternative Collective Memory and
48
Platos Politeia
60
Mechanisms of Communication and the Preservation
69
An Inscribed Fragmented Memory from Palestine
81
Memory
89
Eusebius
103
A Fragmented Memory in Judaism of
130
Selected Bibliography
144
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Doron Mendels is Max and Sophie Mydans Professor in the Humanities at the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His recent publications include: Identity, Religion and Historiography and The Media Revolution of Early Christianity.

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