The Faces of the Other – Religious and Ethnic Otherness in the Late Roman World

Recently published:

The Faces of the Other. Religious Rivalry and Ethnic Encounters in the Later Roman World, published by Brepols in the series Cursor Mundi (no. 10).A collection of articles – The preliminary plan (Maijastina Kahlos)

Some info on the volume:

The foundations of European civilization as we know it today were laid in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. The Faces of the Other: Religious Rivalry and Ethnic Encounters in the Later Roman World traces the roots of the attitudes and argumentation about religious or ethnic otherness in modern western culture. It aims at deepening the historical understanding of attitudes towards otherness as well as cultural and religious conflicts in world history. The Faces of the Other discusses the conceptions, depictions, and attitudes towards the other in Graeco-Roman antiquity. The book focuses on the perception of otherness, whether other peoples or religions, in the Later Roman Empire as understood broadly, from the first until the fifth century CE. These others are ethnic others such as the Persians, Huns, and the Germanic peoples were to Romans, or religious others such as Jews were to Christians or Christians to Jews, Christians to pagans or pagans to Christians, or different cults to the ‘mainstream’ Romans, or different Christian sects to each other.

Table of Contents


Part I: Other Religions

Othering in Paul: A Case Study of II Corinthians – ANDERS KLOSTERGAARD PETERSEN

Devotion and Deviance: The Cult of Cybele and the Others Within – MARIKA RAUHALA

‘That Ill-formed Little Fox’: Valentinians as the Enemy in Irenaeus’s Against Heresies – PÄIVI VÄHÄKANGAS

Images of the Others in Tertullian – ANDERS-CHRISTIAN JACOBSEN

From Superstitio to Religio Christiana: Christians as Others from the Third to the Fifth Century – MARKUS MERTANIEMI

The Shadow of the Shadow: Examining Fourth- and Fifth-Century Christian Depictions of Pagans – MAIJASTINA KAHLOS

Part II: Other Peoples

Migrating Motifs of Northern Barbarism: Depicting Gauls and Germans in Imperial Literature – ANTTI LAMPINEN

Ammianus on Foreigners – BENJAMIN ISAAC

Who Is a Good Roman? Setting and Resetting Boundaries for Romans, Christians, Pagans, and Barbarians in the Late Roman Empire – MAIJASTINA KAHLOS


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