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dc.contributor.editorNeil, Bronwen
dc.contributor.editorSimic, Kosta
dc.description.abstractThese essays examine how various communities remembered and commemorated their shared past through the lens of utopia and its corollary, dystopia, providing a framework for the reinterpretation of rapidly changing religious, cultural, and political realities of the turbulent period from 300 to 750 CE. The common theme of the chapters is the utopian ideals of religious groups, whether these are inscribed on the body, on the landscape, in texts, or on other cultural objects. The volume is the first to apply this conceptual framework to Late Antiquity, when historically significant conflicts arose between the adherents of four major religious identities: Greaco-Roman 'pagans', newly dominant Christians; diaspora Jews, who were more or less persecuted, depending on the current regime; and the emerging religion and power of Islam. Late Antiquity was thus a period when dystopian realities competed with memories of a mythical Golden Age, variously conceived according to the religious identity of the group. The contributors come from a range of disciplines, including cultural studies, religious studies, ancient history, and art history, and employ both theoretical and empirical approaches. This volume is unique in the range of evidence it draws upon, both visual and textual, to support the basic argument that utopia in Late Antiquity, whether conceived spiritually, artistically, or politically, was a place of the past but also of the future, even of the afterlife. Memories of Utopia will be of interest to historians, archaeologists, and art historians of the later Roman Empire, and those working on religion in Late Antiquity and Byzantium.
dc.relation.ispartofseriesRoutledge Studies in the Early Christian World
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBL History: earliest times to present day::HBLA Ancient history: to c 500 CE
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HP Philosophy::HPS Social & political philosophy
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JP Politics & government::JPF Political ideologies::JPFC Marxism & Communism
dc.subject.otherConference of Carthage
dc.subject.otherchristianity and paganism in late antiquity
dc.subject.otherchristianity and polytheism in late antiquity
dc.subject.otherchristians and pagans in late antiquity
dc.subject.otherchristians and polytheists in late antiquity
dc.subject.otherchristian identity and sacred sites
dc.subject.otherchristian tombs under julian
dc.subject.othercreation of christian identity
dc.subject.otherearly christianity middle east
dc.subject.otherearly christianity north africa
dc.subject.otherearly christians and diaspora jews
dc.subject.otherearly christians and greco roman art
dc.subject.otherearly christians and pagan art
dc.subject.otherearly christian environment
dc.subject.otherearly christian landscapes
dc.subject.otherearly christian middle east
dc.subject.otherearly christian north africa
dc.subject.otherFormation of Early Christian Identity
dc.subject.otherGregory of Tours’ Lives of the Saints
dc.subject.othergreco-roman religion and christianity
dc.subject.otheridols and early christianity
dc.subject.otherjerome and christian identity
dc.subject.otherjulian and cynicism
dc.subject.otherjulian and the cynics
dc.subject.otherjulian the apostate
dc.subject.otherlate antique eusebia
dc.subject.otherlate antique ritual space
dc.subject.otherManipulation of Memory under Julian
dc.subject.othermediterranean ritual space
dc.subject.othermemories of utopia
dc.titleMemories of Utopia
dc.title.alternativeThe Revision of Histories and Landscapes in Late Antiquity
oapen.pages300 & Francis open access titles are reviewed as a minimum at proposal stage by at least two external peer reviewers and an internal editor (additional reviews may be sought and additional content reviewed as required).
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peerreview.reviewer.typeExternal peer reviewer
dc.relationisFundedByAustralian Research Council
dc.grantprojectDiscovery project
peerreview.titleProposal review

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