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Classifying Christians: "Ethnography, Heresiology, and the Limits of Knowledge in Late Antiquity"

Todd S. Berzon


This book investigates late antique Christian heresiologies as ethnographies that catalogued and detailed the origins, rituals, doctrines, and customs of the heretics in explicitly polemical and theological terms. Oscillating between ancient ethnographic evidence and contemporary ethnographic writing, the book argues that late antique heresiology shares an underlying logic with classical ethnography in the ancient Mediterranean world. By providing an account of heresiological writing from the second to fifth century, the book embeds heresiology within the historical development of imperial for ... More

Keywords: Christian heresiologies, heretics, late antique heresiology, classical ethnography, ancient Mediterranean, heresiological writing, western culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520284265
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520284265.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd S. Berzon, author
Bowdoin College