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City of Demons

Dayna S. Kalleres

Abstract

City of Demons widens our view of the late antique urban environment by insisting upon a simple but far-reaching interpretive innovation: people believed in and continuously ritually interacted with, against, and through demons. Cities were topographical, complex spaces, teeming with invisible, material powers that people interacted with to gain power, to compete, to survive. The city had unpredictable dangers, but also potencies. Ritual protections, defenses, and curses were common practices. This book projects John Chrysostom’s Antioch, Cyril’s Jerusalem, and Ambrose’s Milan against this bac ... More

Keywords: demonology, city, late antiquity, ritual, violence, Christianization, anthropology, Antioch, Jerusalem, Milan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520276475
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520276475.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dayna S. Kalleres, author
University of California, San Diego