Religion, Society and Culture at Dura-Europos

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Ted Kaizer, Yale University. Department of Classics
Cambridge University Press, Nov 17, 2016 - History - 310 pages
This volume advances our understanding of the religion, society and culture of Dura-Europos, the small town on the Euphrates known since the 1930s as the 'Pompeii of the Syrian desert'. Several features make the site potentially our best source for day-to-day life in a small town situated on the periphery of the Roman world: inscriptions and graffiti in ten ancient languages; sculptures and frescoes combining elements of Classical and Oriental art; the most important papyrological dossier of any military unit in the Roman world; documents relating to the local economy; over a dozen pagan sanctuaries; plus a famously painted synagogue and the earliest Christian house church, all set in a gridiron city plan and surrounded by well-preserved fortifications. Dura's unique findings facilitate the study of life in a provincial small town to a degree that archaeology and history do not usually allow.
 

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Contents

A Greek Town of the Parthian Empire 16
16
The Evidence
30
Mapping Cultural
57
The Problem with Parthian Art at Dura 68
68
A New Interpretation
89
Women and the Religious Life of DuraEuropos 99
99
Multifunctional Sanctuaries at DuraEuropos 114
114
New Perspectives 126
126
The Bilingual PalmyreneGreek Inscriptions at Dura
177
Economic Life in Roman DuraEuropos 190
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Frank Brown
199
Past Present and Future 206
206
Plates 219
219
Bibliography 275
275
Index of Sources 301
301
General Index 307
307

Suggestions
144
Thoughts on Two Latin Dipinti 165
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Ted Kaizer is Senior Lecturer in Roman Culture and History in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Durham. He is the author of The Religious Life of Palmyra (2002) and has written many articles on various aspects of religion and history of the Classical Levant.

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