Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

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The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity, ed. Scott Fitzgerald Johnson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2oi2).xlv + 1247 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-533693-1. £9 5.00. This addition to the Oxford Handbooks series takes its place alongside those on Early Christian Studies (2008), Byzantine Studies (2008), Late Antiquity (2012), and Medieval Latin Literature (2012, see MÆ, 82 (2013), p. 134). It aims to cover the period f.300-700, and thus has more than a tangential relevance for medievalists. The editor opens his introduction with reference to Old Irish glosses dating to 845 copied into a Priscian manuscript, whose work had been composed 300 years earlier in Constantinople, and then to the Nestorian Monument set up in central China in 781, which contains inscriptions recording the names of Christian bishops both in Chinese and Syriac: this is the geographical extent of late antiquity as conceived by the editor, presented in the handbook in thirty-six essays, laden with comprehensive bibliographies, which attempt to cover the whole range of the subject. The main sections are devoted to 'Geographies and peoples', 'literary and philosophical cultures', 'Law, state, and social structures', 'Religions and religious identity', and 'Late antiquity in perspective'. …

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