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Riot in Alexandria: Tradition and Group Dynamics in Late Antique Pagan and Christian Communities

Edward Watts

Abstract

This innovative study uses one well-documented moment of violence as a starting point for a wide-ranging examination of the ideas and interactions of pagan philosophers, Christian ascetics, and bishops from the fourth to the early seventh century. The book reconstructs a riot that erupted in Alexandria in 486 when a group of students attacked a Christian adolescent who had publicly insulted their teachers. Pagan students, Christians affiliated with a local monastery, and the Alexandrian ecclesiastical leaders all cast the incident in a different light, and each group tried with that interpreta ... More

Keywords: Rome, pagan philosophers, Christian ascetics, bishops, riot, Alexandria, local monastery, ecclesiastical leaders, cultural history, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520262072
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520262072.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Watts, author