Rome in the East: The Transformation of an Empire

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Psychology Press, 2000 - 523 من الصفحات
Rome in the East provides an illustrated study of the influence of Near Eastern culture on the Roman world, which overturns received wisdom about Rome as the bastion of European culture. In this controversial and provocative study Warwick Ball presents the story of Rome in the light of Rome's fascination with the East. He explains Rome's obsession with the Eastern world as a fascination of the new world for the old, of the mundane for the exotic, a love affair with the East that took literal form in the story of Antony and Cleopatra. From Rome's legendary foundation by Aeneas and the Trojan heroes as the New Troy, through installing Arabs as Roman emperors, to the eventual foundation of the new Rome by a latter-day Aeneas at Constantinople, the East took over Rome - and Rome ultimately ditched Europe to the Barbarians. Through this obsession, Near Eastern civilisation - most of all, Christianity - went West to transform Europe. Warwick Ball argues that the story of Rome is the story of the East, more than the story of the West.

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The towns and cities
7
Historical background
8
Near Eastern kingdoms under Roman
30
Rome east of the frontiers
106
Antioch the imperial city
150
The Euphrates and Mesopotamia
165
The Decapolis
181
Bosra and Shahba
198
Pagan architecture
317
Early Christian architecture
356
Fabric and styles
376
Conclusion
394
Philip the Arab
417
From Paganism to Christianity
431
East and West
446
207
463

Other areas
233
architecture and the resurgence of the East
246
Buildings for pleasure
303
106
488
Index
490
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