A Companion to Late Antiquity by Philip Rousseau

By Philip Rousseau

An available and authoritative review taking pictures the energy and variety of scholarship that exists at the transformative period of time referred to as overdue antiquity.

  • Provides a vital review of present scholarship on past due antiquity – from among the accession of Diocletian in advert 284 and the tip of Roman rule within the Mediterranean
  • Comprises 39 essays from many of the world's best students of the period
  • Presents this once-neglected interval as an age of robust transformation that formed the fashionable international
  • Emphasizes the critical value of faith and its reference to fiscal, social, and political life

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Authors like Gregory of Nazianzus and John Chrysostom were copied, read, imagined, and imitated in Byzantium. They were truly the fathers of a massive cultural production. Finally, a note about my theoretical presuppositions is in order. My approach is inspired by what has been termed ‘‘philologically grounded eclecticism’’ (Ziolkowski 1996: 530), especially by readings of premodern texts that treat their metarhetorical assumptions as indices and repositories of cultural tensions and negotiations.

In the case of art, architecture, and archaeological excavation, the impact upon interpretation of the way in which we handle layers (or phases) is just as profound. The church of Santa Maria Antiqua in the forum in Rome, which dates from the sixth century and is currently closed for study and restoration, is a case in point. The wall paintings, which date variously from the sixth to the late eighth century, present their greatest challenge on the wall to the right of the apse. it/sma/eng). Each layer is significant in itself, each is only partially extant, and each is fragile.

Here, form does not merely come to the fore, but becomes indeed the only thing visible. Notably, Gregory’s discourse is imagined in the same text by Psellos as an ancient statue like that of Aphrodite, well fashioned and full of material brilliance. Late antique discourse has regained its materiality. Its exterior form is no longer buried under the weight of meaning, but has acquired an appearance that draws to itself readers with desires for aesthetic pleasure. Form 3: Twelfth-Century Writings about the Late Antique Past By the twelfth century, such sentiments are commonplace.

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