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Introduction: Late Antique Conceptions of Late Antiquity

Hervé Inglebert

in The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195336931
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195336931.013.0000

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Introduction: Late Antique Conceptions of Late Antiquity

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This article begins with a brief overview of The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity, which attempts to integrate all the interpretive systems (economic, social, artistic, religious, cultural) while maintaining a broad geographical perspective—from the Atlantic to Central Asia. The discussion then turns to the challenges of recreating the mental world of Late Antiquity. In order to describe the mental world of the elites of Late Antiquity, it is first necessary to know how they conceived of the late antique geopolitical world. One can then proceed to study the values of late antique societies, the late antique religious world, and ultimately the late antique knowledge of the world, in particular, the history of the 'poque as it was understood by its contemporaries.

Keywords: late antique period; mental world; geopolitics; religion; values; knowledge

Article.  12360 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Roman History

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