C. Harrison, C. Humfress et I. Sandwell (éd.), Being Christian in Late Antiquity. A Festschrift for Gillian Clark

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Carol Harrison, Caroline Humfress et Isabella Sandwell (éd.), Being Christian in Late Antiquity. A Festschrift for Gillian Clark, Oxford, 2014.

Éditeur : Oxford University Press
320 pages
ISBN : 978-0-19-965603-5
£ 65


What do we mean when we talk about 'being Christian' in Late Antiquity? This volume brings together sixteen world-leading scholars of ancient Judaism, Christianity and Greco-Roman culture and society to explore this question, in honour of the ground-breaking scholarship of Professor Gillian Clark. After an introduction to the volume's dedicatee and themes by Averil Cameron, the papers in Section I, `Being Christian through Reading, Writing and Hearing', analyse the roles that literary genre, writing, reading, hearing and the literature of the past played in the formation of what it meant to be Christian. The essays in Section II move on to explore how late antique Christians sought to create, maintain and represent Christian communities: communities that were both 'textually created' and 'enacted in living realities'. Finally in Section III, 'The Particularities of Being Christian', the contributions examine what it was to be Christian from a number of different ways of representing oneself, each of which raises questions about certain kinds of 'particularities', for example, gender, location, education and culture.
Bringing together primary source material from the early Imperial period up to the seventh century AD and covering both the Eastern and Western Empires, the papers in this volume demonstrate that what it meant to be Christian cannot simply be taken for granted. 'Being Christian' was part of a continual process of construction and negotiation, as individuals and Christian communities alike sought to relate themselves to existing traditions, social structures and identities, at the same time as questioning and critiquing the past(s) in their present.

Table of Contents
Averil Cameron: Introduction: The Discourses of Gillian Clark.
I: Being Christian through Reading, Writing and Hearing
1: Why Don't Jews Write Biography? Simon Goldhill
2: Tessa Rajak: The Maccabaean Mother between Pagans, Jews and Christians.
3: Guy Stroumsa: On the Status of Books in Early Christianity.
4: Joseph Lössl: An Inextinguishable Memory: Pagan Past and Presence in Early Christian Writing.
5: Carol Harrison: Playing Ball: Augustine and Plutarch on Capturing Wisdom.
II: Being Christian in Community
6: Fiunt, non nascuntur christiani: Conversion, Community and Christian Identity in Late Antiquity? Andrew Louth
7: Neil McLynn: Julian and the Christian Professors
8: Catherine Conybeare: The City of Augustine: On the Interpretation of Civitas
9: Karla Pollmann: Christianity and Authority in Late Antiquity: The Transformation of the Concept of Auctoritas
10: Ralph Mathisen: Church Councils and Local Authority: The Development of Gallic Libri Canonum during Late Antiquity
III: The Particularities of Being Christian.
11: Jill Harries: The Empresses' tale, AD 300-360
12: Dennis Trout: 'Being Female': Verse commemoration at the Coemeterium S. Agnetis (Via Nomentana)
13: Oliver Nicholson: Self Portrait as a Landscape: Ausonius and his Herediolum
14: Mark Vessey: Fashions for Varro in Late Antiquity and Christian Ways with Books
15: Fergus Millar: The Image of a Christian Monk in Northern Syria: Symeon Stylites the Younger

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