The Routledge Handbook of Identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds


Author: Rebecca Futo Kennedy,Molly Jones-Lewis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317415701

Category: History

Page: 458

View: 3727

The Routledge Handbook of Identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds explores how environment was thought to shape ethnicity and identity, discussing developments in early natural philosophy and historical ethnographies. Defining ‘environment’ broadly to include not only physical but also cultural environments, natural and constructed, the volume considers the multifarious ways in which environment was understood to shape the culture and physical characteristics of peoples, as well as how the ancients manipulated their environments to achieve a desired identity. This diverse collection includes studies not only of the Greco-Roman world, but also ancient China and the European, Jewish and Arab inheritors and transmitters of classical thought. In recent years, work in this subject has been confined mostly to the discussion of texts that reflect an approach to the barbarian as ‘other’. The Routledge Handbook of Identity and the Environment in the Classical and Medieval Worlds takes the discussion of ethnicity on a fresh course, contextualising the concept of the barbarian within rational discourses such as cartography, medicine, and mathematical sciences, an approach that allows us to more clearly discern the varied and nuanced approaches to ethnic identity which abounded in antiquity. The innovative and thought-provoking material in this volume realises new directions in the study of identity in the Classical and Medieval worlds.

Waters of the Exodus

Jewish Experiences with Water in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt


Author: Nathalie LaCoste

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004384308

Category: Religion

Page: 196

View: 7341

In Waters of the Exodus, Nathalie LaCoste examines the Diasporic Jewish community in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt and their relationship to the hydric environment through a close study of four rewritings of the exodus narrative.

Routledge Handbook of Early Chinese History


Author: Paul R. Goldin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317681916

Category: History

Page: 526

View: 9674

The study of early China has been radically transformed over the past fifty years by archaeological discoveries, including both textual and non-textual artefacts. Excavations of settlements and tombs have demonstrated that most people did not lead their lives in accordance with ritual canons, while previously unknown documents have shown that most received histories were written retrospectively by victors and present a correspondingly anachronistic perspective. This handbook provides an authoritative survey of the major periods of Chinese history from the Neolithic era to the fall of the Latter Han Empire and the end of antiquity (AD 220). It is the first volume to include not only a comprehensive review of political history but also detailed treatments of topics that transcend particular historical periods, such as: Warfare and political thought Cities and agriculture Language and art Medicine and mathematics Providing a detailed analysis of the most up-to-date research by leading scholars in the field of early Chinese history, this book will be useful to students and scholars of Chinese history, Asian archaeology, and Chinese studies in general.

In the Orbit of Love

Affection in Ancient Greece and Rome


Author: David Konstan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190887885

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 9630

This book is about love in the classical world - not erotic passion but the kind of love that binds together intimate members of a family and very close friends, but which may also be extended to include a wider range of individuals for whom we care deeply. The book begins with a discussion of friendship, focusing particularly on the Greek notion that in friendship the identities of two friends all but merge into one. The book then turns to the question of loyalty, and why loyalty seems not to have achieved the status of a virtue in classical thought. The next chapter considers love in relation to generosity, favors, and gratitude. There follows a discussion of grief, which is a symptom of the loss of a loved one. The final chapter treats love as the basis of civic solidarity. In each case, love is at the basis of the relations under examination. In this, the book departs from the more usual analysis of these affective ties in terms of reciprocity, which in one way or another involves an expectation of return. Seen this way, such relationships seem to have a selfish or at least self-centered dimension, as distinct from truly other-regarding attitudes. While it is true that the ancient sources sometimes describe these relations, including friendship, as forms of mutual obligation, there is also a counter strand that emphasizes genuine altruism, and it is this aspect that the book seeks to bring out. A close look at how love drew into its orbit the various relations examined in this book may shed light on some central features not only of ancient habits of thought but also, it is to be hoped, our own.

The Septuagint and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria

A Study in the Narrative of the 'Letter of Aristeas'


Author: Sylvie Honigman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134462948

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 2679

The Letter of Aristeas tells the story of how Ptolemy Philadelphus of Egypt commissioned seventy scholars to translate the Hebrew Bible into Greek. Long accepted as a straightforward historical account of a cultural enterprise in Ptolemaic Alexandria, the Letter nevertheless poses serious interpretative problems. Sylvie Honigman argues that the Letter should not be regarded as history, but as a charter myth for diaspora Judaism. She expounds its generic affinities with other works on Jewish history from Ptolemaic Alexandria, and argues that the process of translation was simultaneously a process of establishing an authoritative text, comparable to the work on the text of Homer being carried out by contemporary Greek scholars. The Letter of Aristeas is among the most intriguing literary productions of Ptolemaic Alexandria, and this is the first book-length study to be devoted to it.

Problemata Physica


Author: N.A

Publisher: Oldenbourg Verlag

ISBN: 3050048700

Category: Philosophy

Page: 766

View: 8118

Die "Problemata Physica" stellen ein Konglomerat von nacharistotelischen Schriften dar, deren Hauptteil im Wesentlichen im 3. Jahrhundert v. Chr. von Angehörigen des Peripatos im Anschluss an echte aristotelische Aufzeichnungen zum Gebrauch in der Schule selbst zusammengestellt wurden. Die in 36 Bücher eingeteilte Sammlung ist von besonderem Interesse, weil das hier behandelte Material aus den verschiedensten Bereichen – Medizin, Zoologie, Botanik, Musik – einzig in dieser Quelle überliefert worden ist und Aufschluss über die Geschichte dieser Wissenschaften gibt.

A New Introduction to Islam


Author: Daniel W. Brown

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444357727

Category: Religion

Page: 360

View: 5145

The second edition of this student-friendly textbook explores the origins, major features and lasting influence of the Islamic tradition. Traces the development of Muslim beliefs and practices against the background of social and cultural contexts extending from North Africa to South and Southeast Asia Fully revised for the second edition, with completely new opening and closing chapters considering key issues facing Islam in the 21st century Focuses greater attention on everyday practices, the role of women in Muslim societies, and offers additional material on Islam in America Includes detailed chronologies, tables summarizing key information, useful maps and diagrams, and many more illustrations

Die Fruhchristlichen Mosaiken Von Ravenna

Bild Und Bedeutung


Author: Jutta Dresken-Weiland

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783795430245

Category: Christian art and symbolism

Page: 320

View: 4719

Die Mosaiken Ravennas gehoren zu den bedeutendsten Kunstwerken der Welt. Ihre Qualitat und ihre Farbenpracht faszinieren seit ihrer Entstehung zwischen dem 5. und dem 7. Jh. Dieses Buch stellt die Frage nach der Bedeutung dieser Bilder, ihren Eigenarten und den Botschaften, die sie sowohl dem antiken als auch dem modernen Betrachter ubermitteln. Er untersucht die Funktion der Mosaiken, die sie in den verschiedenen Gebauden erfullen, und die Interpretationen, die sie in ihren liturgischen Kontexten und durch die Menschen der ausgehenden Antike erfahren. Zahlreiche Vergleichsbeispiele ordnen die Mosaiken in den Kontext der spatromischen Kunst ein. So bietet das vorliegende Buch auf aktuellem Forschungsstand und flussig geschrieben neue Einsichten in einen der faszinierendsten Bildkomplexe der fruhchristlichen Zeit. Die letzte grundliche Behandlung dieser Mosaiken liegt 40 Jahre zuruck.

Die Katharer

Ketzer des Mittelalters


Author: Malcolm Barber

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783538071643


Page: 375

View: 6027

Conserving Wildlife in African Landscapes

Kenya's Ewaso Ecosystem


Author: Nicholas Georgiadis

Publisher: N.A


Category: Wildlife conservation

Page: 123

View: 6636

During the last two decades, conservation strategies in Africa have changed from an almost exclusive focus on large mammals in protected areas to an emphasis on conserving ecological processes at the level of entire landscapes and on the role of human communities. The papers assembled in this volume address diverse aspects of conserving the Ewaso landscape in northern Kenya, where concerted and prodigious efforts to conserve wildlife and natural resources have achieved substantial progress. Topics range from interpreting evidence for continuity and change in patterns of human settlement in the region to describing ecological interactions between wildlife, people, and livestock that are harmful or helpful; from the challenges of adapting livestock management in the presence of predators to legal mechanisms for conserving wildlife habitat on private land. In the final chapter, results of a strategic planning exercise are described for conserving essential elements in the entire landscape -- the first of its kind in Kenya. Today, national policy and political will are still insufficiently aligned with this landscape conservation imperative to effect the changes that are necessary to conserve Kenya's biodiversity. We hope this volume will help propagate awareness about the importance and threatened status of Kenya's ecosystems and promote confidence that a policy can be crafted that will reverse their decline.

Vermessung der Oikumene


Author: Klaus Geus,Michael Rathmann

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 311029107X

Category: History

Page: 415

View: 1534

This collection presents major portions of a Berlin conference on ancient geography. The volume is devoted to questions about the shape and size of the Greco-Roman Oecumene, including its boundaries and internal structure. Building upon on analysis of different literary genres, the articles contained in this volume help to unite dispersed and fragmentary knowledge about the subject, as well as to reconstruct and analyze the different contexts in which this knowledge was generated and preserved.

Becoming Consumers: Looking Beyond Wealth as an Explanation for Villa Variability

Perspectives from the East of England


Author: Christopher Barry Martins

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited

ISBN: 9781841719009

Category: Social Science

Page: 194

View: 1376

A comprehensive study of the social and psychological characteristics of modern consumer behaviour that is then used as an interpretative perspective with which to consider the evidence for a selection of villas in Roman Britain.

Forthcoming Books


Author: Rose Arny

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

View: 4284

Das Kyoto-Protokoll

Internationale Klimapolitik für das 21. Jahrhundert


Author: Sebastian Oberthür,Hermann E. Ott

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3663014347

Category: Social Science

Page: 443

View: 6514

Die internationale Klimapolitik ist an einem Wendepunkt angekommen. Die Annahme des Kyoto-Protokolls ist ein großer Schritt in dem Versuch der Menschheit, die schädlichen Folgen des Klimawandels zu begrenzen. Dieses Buch, geschrieben von zwei deutschen Experten, erklärt die naturwissenschaftlichen, ökonomischen sowie politischen Bedingungen desTreibhauseffekts und erläutert die Hintergründe der Annahme des Kyoto-Protokolls. Das Buch analysiert in seinem Mittelteil den Vertragstext im Stile eines Gesetzeskommentars, nennt die offenen Fragen und gibt mögliche Antworten für die Weiterentwicklung der Normen. In einem dritten Teil werden Schlussfolgerungen gezogen, die politische Landschaft nach Kyoto beleuchtet und eine Leadership-Initiative für die Europäische Union vorgestellt, um die Handlungsmacht gegenüber den USA wieder zu erlangen.

Bilder trotz allem


Author: Georges Didi-Huberman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783770540204

Category: Historiography and photography

Page: 260

View: 5412

Aber unabhangig davon, ob sie eine >Wahrheit des Lagers abzubilden vermogen, muss man sie als einzigartige Bild-Akte verstehen: als den Versuch, unter ausserster Gefahr ein Signal nach aussen zu richten. Dann geben sich die vier erhaltenen Fotografien als Uberreste zu erkennen, was sie von den tausenden von Aufnahmen unterscheidet, welche die SS selbst von den Lagern anfertigen liess und von denen man kurz vor der Befreiung in einer hastigen Aktion noch so viel wie moglich vernichtete. Die vier Fotografien sind Uberreste von einem Ort, an dem man alles daran setzte, die Ereignisse durch eine gewaltige Maschinerie der Des-Imagination

Der Nachfolger



Author: Ismail Kadare

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783250600466


Page: 173

View: 7950

Bibliographic Guide to Education


Author: N.A

Publisher: G K Hall

ISBN: 9780783897080


Page: 830

View: 4830

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