From Hellenism to Islam: Cultural and linguistic change in the Roman near East

Hannah M. Cotton, Robert G. Hoyland, Jonathan J. Price, David J. Wasserstein

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Abstract

The eight hundred years between the first Roman conquests and the conquest of Islam saw a rich, constantly shifting blend of languages and writing systems, legal structures, religious practices and beliefs in the Near East. While the different ethnic groups and cultural forms often clashed with each other, adaptation was as much a characteristic of the region as conflict. This volume, emphasising the inscriptions in many languages from the Near East, brings together mutually informative studies by scholars in diverse fields. Together, they reveal how the different languages, peoples and cultures interacted, competed with, tried to ignore or were influenced by each other, and how their relationships evolved over time. It will be of great value to those interested in Greek and Roman history, Jewish history and Near Eastern studies.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages481
ISBN (Electronic)9780511641992
ISBN (Print)9780521875813
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009

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