Associations in the Greco-Roman World provides students and scholars with a clear and readable resource for greater understanding of the social, cultural, and religious life across the ancient Mediterranean. The authors provide new translations of inscriptions and papyri from hundreds of associations, alongside descriptions of more than two dozen archaeological remains of building sites. Complemented by a substantial annotated bibliography and accompanying images, this sourcebook fills many gaps and allows for future exploration in studies of the Greco-Roman religious world, particularly the nature of Judean and Christian groups at that time.
Richard S. Ascough is Associate Professor of New Testament at Queen's Theological College in Kingston, Ontario. Philip A. Harland is an associate professor in humanities and ancient history at York University. His recent books on social and religious life in the Greco-Roman world include Associations, Synagogues, and Congregations (2003) and Dynamics of Identity in the World of the Early Christians (2009). He also runs a group of websites, a podcast, and a blog on religions of the ancient Mediterranean at philipharland.com. John S. Kloppenborg is a specialist in Christian origins and Second Temple Judaism, and the social world of the early Jesus movement in Jewish Palestine and in the cities of the eastern Empire. He has written extensively on the Synoptic Sayings Gospel (Q) and the Synoptic Problem. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
List of Illustrations Epigraphic and Papyrological Abbreviations Acknowledgments Map of the Ancient Mediterranean with Regions Introduction INSCRIPTIONS AND PAPYRI Southern and Central Greece Macedonia Thracia Lower Danube and Bosporan Kingdom Asia Minor Greek Islands of the Aegean Greater Syria and the East Egypt Cyrenaica Italy and the Western Provinces BUILDINGS AND MEETING-PLACES Southern and Central Greece Macedonia Asia Minor Greek Islands of the Aegean Italy LITERARY REFERENCES General References Dealings with Civic or Imperial Authorities Legal Documents in the Digest of Justinian (ca. 527-565 CE) Annotated Bibliography Concordance and Indices