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A Tale of Two Cities: Book 2 and the Fall of Rome

Peter Van Nuffelen

in Orosius and the Rhetoric of History

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199655274
eISBN:
9780191745232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655274.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Religion in the Ancient World

Book 2 opens with the four‐empire theory, which has been interpreted as implying Orosius' belief in the eternity of Rome. When compared with earlier uses of parallelism in historiography, it becomes ... More


Urbicide: The Ritualized Killing of Cities in the Ancient Near East

Jacob L. Wright

in Ritual Violence in the Hebrew Bible: New Perspectives

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780190249588
eISBN:
9780190249601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190249588.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The chapter introduces the concept of urbicide to the study of the ancient world, with a focus on the ancient Near East. Urbicide refers to the premeditated and deliberate destruction of cities, ... More


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