In this reader's view, the great strength of this work is the integration of Shenoute into the late Roman world, and scholars and students of the rural economy or poverty in the ancient world would do well to pick up this book. The wealth of information López has provided about Shenoute's place in the economy of fifth-century Panopolis is valuable in itself, but his convincing interpretation concerning the connection between Shenoute's self-presentation and his support of the poor also adds an important new angle for the interpretation of the fifth-century monastic economy.
Ariel G. López. Shenoute of Atripe and the Uses of Poverty: Rural Patronage, Religious Conflict and Monasticism in Late Antique Egypt. Transformation of the classical heritage, 50. Berkeley; Los Angeles; London: University of California Press, 2013.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Elizabeth Platte, Kalamazoo College
And taken both independently and as a whole, the fourteen excellent chapters in this collection demonstrate both the Mediterranean character of late medieval Anatolia and its environs, and also the ways in which it was an arena for conflict and competition among external regions that might be seen as non-Mediterranean.
Jonathan Harris, Catherine Holmes, Eugenia Russell, eds. Byzantines, Latins, and Turks in the Eastern Mediterranean World after 1150. Oxford studies in Byzantium. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Brian A. Catlos, University of Colorado at Boulder
Casiday's book, the outgrowth of articles written over the past twelve years, suggests a significant revision to current scholarship on Evagrius.
Augustine Casiday. Reconstructing the Theology of Evagrius Ponticus: Beyond Heresy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Ellen Muehlberger, University of Michigan
It is a fundamental contribution to late Byzantine history and institutions.
Mark C. Bartusis. Land and Privilege in Byzantium: The Institution of Pronoia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
From The Medieval Review (TMR). Review by Walter E. Kaegi, The University of Chicago
In this volume, then, one finds not only this finely crafted exposition, but also, with measured voice, a careful unpacking and persuasive analysis of difficult texts concerning the Evergetis.
Richard H Jordan and Rosemary Morris. The Hypotyposis of the Monastery of the Theotokos Evergetis, Constantinople (11th–12th Centuries): Introduction, Translation and Commentary. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012.
From The Medieval Review (TMR). Review by Glenn Peers, University of Texas at Austin
Averil Cameron, ed. Late Antiquity on the Eve of Islam. The formation of the classical Islamic world, 1. Farnham; London; Burlington, VT: Ashgate Variorum, 2013.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Kenneth G. Holum, University of Maryland
The book brings to the attention of scholars a valuable body of archival material and presents it in a systematic, enlightening, and accessible manner.
Nickiphoros Tsougarakis. The Latin Religious Orders in Medieval Greece, 1204–1500. Medieval Church Studies, 18. Turnhout: Brepols, 2012.
From The Medieval Review (TMR). Review by Christopher H. MacEvitt, Dartmouth College
The immediate achievement of Byzantine Epirus is to situate this half-millennium of regional history within a longer, more dynamic narrative of geographic and social evolution that continues down to the present; its larger contribution may be to remind us to view the margins of political mainstreams on their own terms rather than through the lens of external control. Theoretically justified, clearly organized, and closely documented, this fresh reconsideration of a remote and beautiful mountainous land will be of lasting value.
Myrto Veikou. Byzantine Epirus: A Topography of Transformation: Settlements of the Seventh-Twelfth Centuries in Southern Epirus and Aetoloacarnania, Greece. The Medieval Mediterranean. Leiden: Brill, 2012.
From The Medieval Review (TMR). Review by Marcus Rautman, University of Missouri
This is a magnificent book. Anyone wishing to make any claims regarding the relative strengths and weaknesses of Christian European and Islamic economic systems, and their long-term trajectories, will need to consider carefully Goldberg's findings.
Jessica L Goldberg. Trade and Institutions in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Geniza Merchants and their Business World. Cambridge Studies in Economic History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
From The Medieval Review (TMR). Review by Shami Ghosh, Independent Scholar
Herrin's mastery of her source materials, the breadth and variety of these materials, and the wealth of historical threads that she teases out of them make this far more than a retrospective collection of scholarly articles. This collection of articles draws together many aspects of Herrin's fertile and extensive research. It will become a valuable tool both for historians of women and for historians of the Byzantine state.
Judith Herrin. Unrivalled Influence: Women and Empire in Byzantium. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.
From The Medieval Review (TMR). Review by Kathryn M. Ringrose, University of California, San Diego
Michael J. Decker. The Byzantine Art of War. Yardley, PA: Westholme, 2013.
From The Medieval Review (TMR). Review by Denis Sullivan, University of Maryland
Michael Altripp. Die Basilika in Byzanz: Gestalt, Ausstattung und Funktion sowie das Verhältnis zur Kreuzkuppelkirche. Millennium-Studien / Millennium studies, Bd 42. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter, 2013.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Tomás Fernández, Conicet – Universidad de Buenos Aires
…[the collection] is perhaps more likely than other recent scholarship to facilitate discourse between theologians, philologists, social historians, and historians of the Church.
Christopher A. Beeley, ed. Re-reading Gregory of Nazianzus: Essays on History, Theology, and Culture. CUA studies in early Christianity. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2012.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Edward Whitehouse, Bryn Mawr College
The series, Études syriaques, published by the Société d'études syriaques has, in the less than ten years of its brief existence, already established itself as one of the most essential reference series in the field of Syriac studies....The present ninth volume, on Syriac hagiography, is no exception.
André Binggeli, ed. L' hagiographie syriaque. Études syriaques, 9. Paris: Geuthner, 2012.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Edward G. Mathews, Jr., Independent Scholar
...the thematic and cultural range of the contributions offers something of interest to a diverse readership beyond hippomaniacs.
Stavros Lazaris, ed. Le cheval dans les sociétés antiques et médiévales: actes des journées d'étude internationales organisées par l'UMR 7044 (Étude des Civilisations de l'Antiquité), Strasbourg, 6-7 novembre 2009. Bibliothèque de l'antiquité tardive, 22. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2012.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Philip Rance, Koç University
Peter N. Bell. Social Conflict in the Age of Justinian: Its Nature, Management, and Mediation. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Mischa Meier, University of Tübingen
In addition to his model critical texts and translations and his perceptive literary and historical analysis, Goehring provides detailed codicological analysis of the relevant Coptic manuscripts, as well as plates and helpful indices. Impeccable philology, clear writing and sound historical judgment characterise this work, which will interest historians of early monasticism and of Christianity in late antique and early Byzantine Egypt.
James E. Goehring. Politics, Monasticism, and Miracles in Sixth Century Upper Egypt. Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum, 69. Tübingen, 2012.
Review by David Brakke, Ohio State Univeristy, in The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, volume 65, issue 02 (April 2014): p. 387.
…the contributions included in the volume paint a fascinating panorama of the eleventh-century literary scene.
Bernard Floris and Kristoffel Demoen, eds. Poetry and its Contexts in Eleventh-Century Byzantium. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012.
From The Medieval Review (TMR). Review by Przemysław Marciniak, University of Silesia, Katowice.
Andrew Fear, José Fernández Urbiña, Mar Marcos. The Role of the Bishop in Late Antiquity: Conflict and Compromise. London; New Delhi; New York; Sydney: Bloomsbury, 2013
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Eric Fournier, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
From Shame to Sin is a fascinating and highly entertaining book, which breaks new ground.
Kyle Harper, From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity. Revealing antiquity, 20. Cambridge, MA; London: Harvard University Press, 2013
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Kristina Sessa, Ohio State University
Lejla Demiri. Muslim Exegesis of the Bible in Medieval Cairo: Najm al-Dīn al-ūfī’s (d. 716/1316) Commentary on the Christian Scriptures: A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation with an Introduction (2013). Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2013
Review by David Vishanoff in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 25, no 1 (January 2014)
Band of Angels (the title recalling, and by implication subverting, the Victorian image of the “angel in the house”) is personal, fresh and timely. It reclaims the subject of early Christian women from the narrower field of gender studies and asks readers to think beyond the “star” female figures of the first Christian centuries to the practical details of real life and relationships.
Read Averil Cameron on Kate Cooper’s Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women (Overlook Press, 2013) in The Tablet.
The volume thus provides material for scholars of both fields to make deeper inquiry into the intersection of ritual, political, social and economic practices and to understand how people within Jewish and Christian circles engaged with or reconfigured these practices, notably those of euergetism and divination.
S. R. Llewelyn, James R. Harrison, and E. J. Bridge, eds. A Review of the Greek and Other Inscriptions and Papyri Published between 1988 and 1992. New documents illustrating early Christianity, 10. Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Kevin Funderburk, Baylor University.
Only in the last generation have we realized the sheer, tingling drop of the canyon that lies between us and a world that we had previously tended to take for granted as directly available to our own categories of understanding.
Kyle Harper. From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity. Revealing Antiquity 20. Harvard University Press, 2013.
Read the Peter Brown’s review in the December 19, 2013 issue of The New York Review of Books.
This volume is, then, to be warmly welcomed. It provides access to a work of manifold importance for eleventh-century Byzantium and the Byzantine ascetical tradition, improves on the earlier published versions, and is embellished by immensely helpful, and discreet, notes.
Richard P. H. Greenfield. trans. Niketas Stethatos: The Life of Saint Symeon the New Theologian. Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, 20. Cambridge, MA; London: Harvard University Press, 2013.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Andrew Louth, Durham University, UK
…it is a pleasure to read because it is well argued, well organized, and original. Johnson has an intimate knowledge of all the relevant ancient sources and his mastery of the scholarly literature is superb.
Aaron P. Johnson. Religion and Identity in Porphyry of Tyre: The Limits of Hellenism in Late Antiquity. Greek culture in the Roman world. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Pieter W. van der Hors
Michael L. Satlow, ed. The Gift in Antiquity. The ancient world: comparative histories. Malden, MA; Oxford: Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Filippo Carlà, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
…this is a kaleidoscopic book with an ambitious scope.
Walter Pohl, Clemens Gantner, and Richard Payne, eds. Visions of Community in the Post-Roman World: The West, Byzantium and the Islamic World, 300–1100. Ashgate, 2012
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Alexander Angelov, The College of William and Mary
The arguments kept ruminating in my mind for some time, which I think is a hallmark of an intellectually intriguing work.
Carlos Fraenkel, Philosophical Religions from Plato to Spinoza: Reason, Religion, and Autonomy. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Anders Klostergaard Petersen, University of Aarhus
...the book covers the entire Roman Imperial period until the time of Constantine and is decidedly marked by a focus on the city of Rome as the centre of the Roman Empire.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Marlis Arnhold, University of Bonn
Zayde Antrim. Routes and Realms: The Power of Place in the Early Islamic World. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
Review by Harry Munt, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, volume 76, no. 3 (October 2013): pp. 500-501.
One welcomes...this documented narrative and interpretation of the varying phases of the Islamic conquest of Byzantine Africa from the battle of Sbeitla in 647 to the fall of Carthage in 695 and its aftermath.
Walter E. Kaegi. Muslim Expansion and Byzantine Collapse in North Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
From The Medieval Review (TMR). Review by Cécile Morrisson and Vivien Prigent, CNRS
The result is a historically contextualized study of how late ancient Christian writers defined ways of reading angels in scripture and conceptualizing angels in religious life.
Ellen Muehlberger. Angels in Late Ancient Christianity. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Rangar H. Cline, University of Oklahoma
This is a book about Christian identity (and boundary) formation, primarily vis-à-vis its relationship with Judaism, and the locus of reflection and contention is the circumcised body of Christ.
Andrew S. Jacobs. Christ Circumcised: A Study in Early Christian History and Difference. Divinations: rereading late ancient religion. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Young Richard Kim, Calvin College
...essays are generally very helpful and abound with valuable information with regard to the textual character of the witnesses they deal with...
Charles E. Hill and Michael J. Kruger (eds.). The Early Text of the New Testament. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
Review by Peter Malik, University of Cambridge