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Urban Religion in Roman Corinth

Urban Religion in Roman Corinth

Interdisciplinary Approaches

Edited by Daniel N. Schowalter and Steven J. Friesen

ISBN 9780674016590

Publication date: 08/31/2005

This book discusses the history, topography, and urban development of Corinth with special attention to civic and private religious practices in the Roman colony. Expert analysis of the latest archaeological data is coupled with consideration of what can be known about the emergence and evolution of religions in Corinth. Several scholars consider specific aspects of archaeological evidence and ask how enhanced knowledge of such topics as burial practice, water supply, and city planning strengthens our understanding of religious identity and practice in the ancient city. This volume seeks to gain insight into the nature of the Greco-Roman city visited by Paul, and the ways in which Christianity gradually emerged as the dominant religion.

This is a collaborative effort by scholars of archaeology, Greco-Roman studies, and early Christian literature who met at Harvard University in January 2002. It is the third in a series of volumes on ancient cities utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to understand urban life in ancient times. The earlier books are Ephesos, Metropolis of Asia (1995) and Pergamon: Citadel of the Gods (1998).

Praise

  • In summing up the contribution of this volume, adjectives abound: diverse, up-to-date, interesting, helpful, stimulating… The overall interplay of literary and cultural studies of ancient religious groups with research on site-specific material culture remains a promising venue for moving forward in our understanding of Greco-Roman religions… This volume is an essential resource for anyone working on any aspect of ancient Corinth, and methodologically of much interest and use to those working on religious communities during the Greco-Roman period.

    —Richard S. Ascough, Catholic Biblical Quarterly

Authors

  • Daniel N. Schowalter is Professor of Religion and Classics at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • Steven J. Friesen is Louise Farmer Boyer Chair in Biblical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Book Details

  • 486 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches
  • Harvard Divinity School

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