Theories of Nations and the World of Late Antiquity

Philip Wood

in ‘We have no king but Christ’

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199588497
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595424 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Byzantium

Theories of Nations and the World of Late Antiquity

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This chapter is a counterpoint to the previous chapter. It focuses on the centrifugal effects of Christianity on regional identity, looking at this in the context of the wider Roman‐Empire and the problem of Romanisation, Using a theoretical framework drawn from literature on modern nationalism in eastern Europe and the Arab world, this short chapter examines the clustering and separation of identities in the Roman world, taking Jews and Samaritans as case studies, before looking at Edessa and Syriac‐speakers in detail.

Keywords: Ethnie; Nationalism; Jews; Samaritans; Palmyra; Edessa; Romanisation

Chapter.  5809 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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