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New Perspectives on Late Antiquity

Editor(s): David Hernández de la Fuente

Book Description

Perhaps it is fully justified to think of Late Antiquity (3rd–7th centuries) as the first Renaissance of the Classical World. This period can be considered a fundamental landmark for the transmission of the Classical Legacy and the transition between the ancient and the medieval individual. During Late Antiquity the Classical Education or enkyklios paideia of Hellenism was linked definitively to the Judeo-Christian and Germanic elements that have modelled the Western World.

The present volume combines diverse interests and methodologies with a single purpose—unity and diversity, as a Neo-Platonic motto—providing an overall picture of the new means of researching Late Antiquity. This collective endeavour, stemming from the 2009 1st International Congress on Late Antiquity in Segovia (Spain), focuses not only on the analysis of new materials and latest findings, but rather puts together different perspectives offering a scientific update and a dialogue between several disciplines.

New Perspectives on Late Antiquity contains two main sections—1. Ancient History and Archaeology, and 2. Philosophy and Classical Studies—including both overview papers and case studies. Among the contributors to this volume are some of the most relevant scholars in their fields, including P. Brown, J. Alvar, P. Barceló, C. Codoñer, F. Fronterotta, D. Gigli, F. Lisi and R. Sanz.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2718-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2718-5
Date of Publication: 01/03/2011
Pages / Size: 520 / A5
Price: £54.99


David Hernández de la Fuente is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain. He has been Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, Invited Researcher at CNRS (Paris), Université Paris-X Nanterre and Akademie der Wissenschaften (Berlin) and Humboldt Fellow at Universität Potsdam. His main research areas are Late Antique Greek Epic (Nonnus), Greek Religion (Oracles) and History of Platonism (Laws). Some of his recent publications include Nono de Panópolis. Dionisíaca (3 vol. 2001–2008), Bakkhos Anax. Un estudio sobre Nono de Panópolis (2008), Oráculos Griegos (2008) and “Mythische Vorbilder des sakralen Gesetzgebers bei Platon (Nomoi I-IV),” in Zeitschrift für Religions– und Geistesgeschichte 62.2 (2010) 105–125.