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By Christopher Haas

Moment in basic terms to Rome within the old global, Alexandria used to be domestic to lots of overdue antiquity's such a lot terrific writers, philosophers, and theologians -- between them Philo, Origen, Arius, Athanasius, Hypatia, Cyril, and John Philoponus. Now, in Alexandria in past due Antiquity, Christopher Haas bargains the 1st ebook to put those figures in the actual and social context of Alexandria's bustling city milieu. as a result of its transparent demarcation of communal barriers, Alexandria presents the trendy historian with a fantastic chance to probe the multicultural make-up of an old city unit. Haas explores the huge avenues and again alleys of Alexandria's neighborhoods, its suburbs and waterfront, and features of fabric tradition that underlay Alexandrian social and highbrow existence. Organizing his dialogue round the city's spiritual and ethnic blocs -- Jews, pagans, and Christians -- he information the fiercely aggressive nature of Alexandrian social dynamics. not like fresh scholarship, which cites Alexandria as a version for peaceable coexistence inside a culturally assorted group, Haas reveals that the varied teams' struggles for social dominance and cultural hegemony frequently led to violence and bloodshed -- a risky state of affairs often exacerbated through imperial intervention on one facet or the other.Eventually, Haas concludes, Alexandrian society accomplished a definite balance and reintegration -- a method that led to the transformation of Alexandrian civic identification in the course of the an important centuries among antiquity and the center a while.

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42 While more common linens could be manufactured easlly in the villages of the Nile Valley, the production of luxury fabrics appears to have required more speCialized craftsmen who tended to concentrate in the metropolis. 43 ASIde from these three main Alexandrian commodities, other items either produced in Alexandria or shipped via its harbors were in great demand in many regions of the late Roman world. For the most part, these tended to be luxury goods, since their hIgh prices were able to spur on long-distance trade, even taking into account the many dunes and tariffs imposed on them.

24 The extent of the Via Canopica was confirmed archaeologically by soundmgs undertaken by Adriani, establishing the existence of a parallel street in el-Falaki's plan) Just to the north of the Via Canopica. These soundings, which consisted of a pavement, wall, and mosaics datable to the late Roman or early Byzantine period, were located in the Vicinity of the Engltsh Girls' School, and extend an intramural street well beyond the ctty plans previously suggested by Hogarth and Breccia. The original line of Via Canopica was first established at the begmning of the nineteenth century by Mayer, an Englishman, whose drawings of a ruined line of columns are reproduced in Adriam's Repertorio.

Although grazing took place all along the shores of Lake Mareotis and extended as far as the Nile, the focus of the region’s economic activity appears to have been an important cattle market just outside Alexandria’s walls, not far 39 Alexandna m Late AntIquity from the camp at Nicopolis. The proximity of the troops to this pastureland was more than coincidental, since the shepherds and herdsmen of Boukolia were notoriously rough characters, known for assaulting travelers, murdering one another, and, on at least one occasion, breaking out into open rebellion against the Roman authorities.

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