The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity offers an innovative overview of a period (c. 300-700 CE) that has become increasingly central to scholarly debates over the history of western and Middle Eastern civilizations. This volume covers such pivotal events as the fall of Rome, the rise of Christianity, the origins of Islam, and the early formation of Byzantium and the European Middle Ages. These events are set in the context of widespread literary, artistic,
cultural, and religious change during the period. The geographical scope of this handbook is unparalleled among comparable surveys of Late Antiquity; Arabia, Egypt, Central Asia, and the Balkans all receive dedicated treatments, while the scope extends to the western kingdoms, Ireland, and Scandinavia in the
West. Furthemore, from economic theory and slavery to Greek and Latin poetry, Syriac and Coptic literature, sites of religious devotion, and many others, this handbook covers a wide range of topics that will appeal to scholars from a diverse array of disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity engages the perennially valuable questions about the end of the ancient world and the beginning of the medieval, while providing a much-needed touchstone for the study of Late Antiquity
Scott Johnson is Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows and Visiting Lecturer in the Department of the Classics, Harvard University, and the author of 'The Life and Miracles of Thekla, A Literary Study' (Harvard), and editor of 'Greek Literature in Late Antiquity: Dynamism, Didacticism, Classicism' (Ashgate).
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS; LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS; PREFACE: SCOFF F. JOHNSON; INTRODUCTION: LATE ANTIQUE CONCEPTIONS OF LATE ANTIQUITY, HERVE INGLEBERT; PART I. GEOGRAPHIES AND PEOPLES; PART II. LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL CULTURES; III. LAW, STATE, AND SOCIAL STRUCTURES; PART IV. RELIGIONS AND RELIGIOUS IDENTITY; PART V. LATE ANTIQUITY IN PERSPECTIVE