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Title Rome in the East : the transformation of an empire / Warwick Ball.
Imprint London ; New York : Routledge, 2000.


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Description 1 online resource (xix, 523 pages) : illustrations
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 494-511) and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Print version record.
Subject Rome -- Civilization -- Middle Eastern influences.
Rome -- Civilization -- Christian influences.
Rome (Empire)
Genre Electronic books.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Historical background. To the Euphrates. Beyond the Euphrates. Long retreat -- 3. Princely States: Near Eastern kingdoms under Roman protection. Rome and the Arabs. Emesa and the Sun Kings. Judaea, Herod the Great and the Jewish Revolt. Arabia and the Nabataeans. Palmyra and Queen Zenobia. Edessa and the coming of Christendom. Tanukh and Queen Mawiyya. Ghassan and the coming of Islam -- 4. Rome east of the frontiers. Military campaigns. Roman prisoners of war. Roman trade. 'Romano-Buddhist' art -- 5. Towns and cities. Antioch, the imperial city. Macedonian heartland of the north. Euphrates and Mesopotamia. Phoenician Coast. Decapolis. 'Roman' Arabia: Bosra and Shahba.
Summary "Rome in the East provides an illustrated study of the influence of Near Eastern culture on the Roman world, which overturns received wisdom about Rome as the bastion of European culture. In this controversial and provocative study Warwick Ball presents the story of Rome in the light of Rome's fascination with the East. He explains Rome's obsession with the Eastern world as a fascination of the new world for the old, of the mundane for the exotic, a love affair with the East that took literal form in the story of Antony and Cleopatra.
From Rome's legendary foundation by Aeneas and the Trojan heroes as the New Troy, through installing Arabs as Roman emperors, to the eventual foundation of the new Rome by a latter-day Aeneas at Constantinople, the East took over Rome - and Rome ultimately ditched Europe to the Barbarians. Through this obsession, Near Eastern civilisation - most of all, Christianity - went West to transform Europe. Warwick Ball argues that the story of Rome is the story of the East, more than the story of the West."--Jacket
Other Title Print version: Ball, Warwick. Rome in the East. London ; New York : Routledge, 2000 0415113768