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By Christopher Haas

moment simply to Rome within the old global, Alexandria used to be domestic to a lot of overdue antiquity's such a lot fabulous writers, philosophers, and theologians -- between them Philo, Origen, Arius, Athanasius, Hypatia, Cyril, and John Philoponus. Now, in Alexandria in past due Antiquity, Christopher Haas deals the 1st publication to put those figures in the actual and social context of Alexandria's bustling city milieu. due to its transparent demarcation of communal limitations, Alexandria presents the trendy historian with a great chance to probe the multicultural make-up of an old city unit. Haas explores the large avenues and again alleys of Alexandria's neighborhoods, its suburbs and waterfront, and features of fabric tradition that underlay Alexandrian social and highbrow existence. Organizing his dialogue round the city's non secular and ethnic blocs -- Jews, pagans, and Christians -- he info the fiercely aggressive nature of Alexandrian social dynamics. not like contemporary scholarship, which cites Alexandria as a version for peaceable coexistence inside a culturally assorted group, Haas unearths that the varied teams' struggles for social dominance and cultural hegemony frequently led to violence and bloodshed -- a unstable state of affairs often exacerbated through imperial intervention on one aspect or the other.Eventually, Haas concludes, Alexandrian society completed a undeniable balance and reintegration -- a technique that ended in the transformation of Alexandrian civic identification throughout the the most important centuries among antiquity and the center Ages.

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