Memory in Jewish, Pagan and Christian Societies of the Graeco-Roman World (Library Of Second Temple Studies Series)
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The ten studies in this book explore the phenomenon of public memory in societies of the Graeco-Roman period. Its various and shifting components are illustrated by studies of material ranging from Aeschylean tragedy to the work recently carried out by historian G. Alon in helping to formulate a fragment of modern Israeli collective memory of the Rabbinic period in Jewish history. Mendels begins with a concise discussion of the historical canon that emerged in Late Antiquity and brought with it the (distorted) memory of ancient history in Western culture. The following nine chapters each focus on a different source of collective memory in order to demonstrate the patchy and incomplete associations ancient societies had with their past, including discussions of Plato's Politeia, a 'site of memory' of the early Church (which formulated memories which became the basic blocks if the collective identity of the Catholic Church at the time), and the dichotomy existing between the reality of the Land of Israel in the Second Temple Period and memories of it. Throughout the book, Mendels shows that since the societies of Antiquity had associations with only bits and pieces of their past, the
Meet the Author
Doron Mendels is The Max and Sophie Mydans Professor in the Humanities in the Department of History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He is the author of many books and articles of which the two most recent books are: Memory in Jewish, Pagan and Christian Societies of the Graeco-Roman World (2004) and The Media Revolution of Early Christianity: An Essay on Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History (1999).