Religion Society And Culture At Dura Europos


This volume advances our understanding of the religion, society and culture of Dura-Europos, the small town on the Euphrates known since the 1930s as the ‘Pompeii of the Syrian desert’. Several features make the site potentially our best source for day-to-day life in a small town situated on the periphery of the Roman world: inscriptions and graffiti in ten ancient languages; sculptures and frescoes combining elements of Classical and Oriental art; the most important papyrological dossier of any military unit in the Roman world; documents relating to the local economy; over a dozen pagan sanctuaries; plus a famously painted synagogue and the earliest Christian house church, all set in a gridiron city plan and surrounded by well-preserved fortifications. Dura’s unique findings facilitate the study of life in a provincial small town to a degree that archaeology and history do not usually allow.

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SKU (ISBN): 9781107123793
ISBN10: 1107123798
Ted Kaizer
Binding: Cloth Text
Published: January 2017
Yale Classical Studies
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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