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The Middle East under Rome

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$33.50 • £26.95 • €30.00

ISBN 9780674025653

Publication Date: 10/30/2007


688 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

42 halftones, 1 line illustration, 2 maps

Belknap Press


  • Preface to the English-Language Edition
  • Acknowledgments
  • Translators’ Note
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Hellenistic Legacy
    • The Creation of New States
    • Syria between Parthians, Romans, and Armenians
  • 2. The End of Seleucid Syria and the First Roman Rule (69–31 B.C.E.)
    • The Beginnings of Roman Intervention
    • Pompey and Syria
    • Syria at the Time of the Roman Civil War
  • 3. From Augustus to Trajan: Creating a Province
    • The Provincia and Its Governors
    • The Defenses of Imperial Syria in the First Century
    • The Client States in the First Century C.E.
  • 4. The Crises in Judaea from Herod to Bar Kokhba
    • Herod the Great
    • Herod’s Heirs
    • The Era of Prefects and Procurators
    • The Revolt of 66–70 and Its Consequences
    • From the Fall of the Temple to Bar Kokhba
  • 5. From Trajan to the Severi: Conquests and Reorganizations
    • New Provinces, New Divisions
    • Defense of the Country and Roman Campaigns
  • 6. Civic Life and Urban Development during the Early Empire
    • The Spread of the Polis and the Creation of Colonies
    • The Structure and Organization of Municipal Life
    • City Profiles
  • 7. Rural Life in the Early Empire
    • Land Tenure and Land Use
    • Agricultural Practices and Production
    • Villages and Village Communities
    • Nomads
  • 8. The Urban Economy in Roman Syria
    • Artisans
    • Money and Customs Duties
    • Roads and Ports
    • Local and Foreign Trade
  • 9. Hellenization and Indigenous Cultures
    • Syrian Hellenism
    • Indigenous Cultures
  • 10. Pagans, Jews, and Christians in Roman Syria in the Second and Third Centuries
    • Gods and Pagan Sanctuaries
    • Rabbinical Judaism
    • The Beginnings of Christianization
  • 11. A Time of Trials
    • Edessa, Hatra, and Dura-Europos
    • Palmyra
    • Phylarchs and Nomad Chiefs
  • Conclusion
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Index

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