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The Myth of Zoroastrian Intolerance: Violence and the Terms of Christian Inclusion

Richard E. Payne

in A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780520286191
eISBN:
9780520961531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520286191.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter seeks to replace notions of Zoroastrian intolerance around which historians have so frequently organized their analyses of Iranian society in late antiquity with a model of the ... More


Belonging to a Land: Christians and Zoroastrians in the Iranian Highlands

Richard E. Payne

in A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780520286191
eISBN:
9780520961531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520286191.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

In the Zagros Mountains, between the plains of Mesopotamia and the Iranian Plateau, Mount Bisutun stands an icon of antique Iranian imperialism. This chapter examines the refashioning of Bisutun as a ... More


Christian Law Making and Iranian Political Practice: The Reforms of Mar Aba

Richard E. Payne

in A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780520286191
eISBN:
9780520961531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520286191.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter focuses on Mar Aba, the leader of the Church of who was subjected to an inquest a year after his elevation to the bishopric of Seleucia-Ctesiphon in 540. Nobles and judicial officials ... More


Creating a Christian Aristocracy: Hagiography and Empire in Northern Mesopotamia

Richard E. Payne

in A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780520286191
eISBN:
9780520961531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520286191.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

In northern Mesopotamia, the construction of shrines of martyrs on the tells of cities that were centers of imperial authority introduced a new technology with which ecclesiastical leaders could ... More


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