Rome in the East: The Transformation of an Empire

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Psychology Press, 2001 - 523 páginas
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In this lavishly illustrated and arresting study, Warwick Ball presents the story of Rome's overwhelming fascination with the East through a coverage of the historical, architectural and archaeological evidence unparalleled in both breadth and detail.
This was a fascination of the new world for the old, and of the mundane for the exotic - a love affair that took literal form in the story of Antony and Cleopatra. From Rome's legendary foundation by Aeneas and the Trojan heroes as the New Troy, through the installation of Arabs as Roman emperors, to the eventual foundation of the new Rome by a latter-day Aeneas at Constantinople, the East took over Rome, - and Rome eventually ditched Europe to the barbarians.
Rome in the Eastoverturns the received wisdom about Rome as the bastion of European culture. Newly available in paperback, and illustrated with almost 300 photographs, plans and drawings, its accessible and comprehensive approach makes it an ideal resource for both the academic and general reader.
 

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Índice

Introduction
1
Constraints and considerations
2
Objectives
6
Historical background
8
Beyond the Euphrates
15
The long retreat
21
The Princely States Near Eastern kingdoms under Roman protection
30
Rome and the Arabs
31
Bosra and Shahba
198
Conclusion
205
The countryside
207
Other areas
233
The Hauran
238
Conclusions
243
Imperial veneer architecture and the resurgence of the East
246
The urban layout
248

Emesa and the Sun Kings
33
Judaea Herod the Great and the Jewish Revolt
47
Arabia and the Nabataeans
60
Palmyra and Queen Zenobia
74
Edessa and the coming of Christendom
87
The Tanukh and Queen Mawiyya
96
The Ghassan and the coming of Islam
101
Rome east of the frontiers
106
Roman prisoners of war
114
Roman trade
123
RomanoBuddhist art
139
The town and cities
149
Antioch the imperial city
150
The Macedonian heartland of the north
156
The Euphrates and Mesopotamia
165
The Phoenician Coast
170
The Decapolis
181
Buildings for pleasure
303
Military architecture
306
Pagan architecture
317
Early Christian architecture
356
Funerary architecture
361
Fabric and styles
376
Conclusion
392
The transformation of an empire
395
India and the West
397
Julia Dornna and the Arabs who ruled Rome
402
Philip the Arab
415
Roman city in Africa and the orientalisation
417
From Paganism to Christianity
429
Notes
449
Bibliography
492
Index
510
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