Journeys in the Roman east: imagined and real

Maren Niehoff (Editor)

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In the Roman Empire, travelling was something of a central feature, facilitating commerce, pilgrimage, study abroad, tourism, and ethnographic explorations. The present volume investigates for the first time intellectual aspects of this phenomenon by giving equal attention to pagan, Jewish, and Christian perspectives. A team of experts from different fields argues that journeys helped construct cultural identities and negotiate between the local and the particular on the one hand, and wider imperial discourses on the other. A special point of interest is the question of how Rome engages the attention of intellectuals from the Greek East and offers new opportunities of self-fashioning. Pagans, Jews, and Christians shared similar experiences and constructed comparable identities in dialogue, sometimes polemical, with each other.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTübingen
PublisherJ.C.B. Mohr Verlag
Number of pages440
ISBN (Electronic)3161558588
ISBN (Print)3161551117, 9783161551116
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameCulture, religion, and politics in the Greco-Roman world
PublisherMohr Siebeck

Bibliographical note

Papers of a conference held June 2015 held at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


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