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Remembering Mar Qardagh: The Origins and Evolution of an East-Syrian Martyr Cult

Joel Thomas Walker

in The Legend of Mar Qardagh: Narrative and Christian Heroism in Late Antique Iraq

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520245785
eISBN:
9780520932197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520245785.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the origins and evolution of Mar Qardagh's principal cult site, at a village named Melqi on the outskirts of Arbela. Neo-Assyrian cuneiform records indicate that the festival ... More


The Legend of Mar Qardagh: Narrative and Christian Heroism in Late Antique Iraq

Joel Walker

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520245785
eISBN:
9780520932197
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520245785.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This study uses an early seventh-century Christian martyr legend to elucidate the culture and society of late antique Iraq. Translated from Syriac into English here, the legend of Mar Qardagh ... More


Conversion and the Family in the Acts of the Persian Martyrs

Joel Thomas Walker

in The Legend of Mar Qardagh: Narrative and Christian Heroism in Late Antique Iraq

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520245785
eISBN:
9780520932197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520245785.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the rhetoric of family relations in Sasanian martyr literature, focusing on the legend of Mar Qardagh. Familial strife is a critical leitmotif of the Qardagh legend, yet there ... More


The History of the Heroic Deeds of Mar Qardagh the Victorious Martyr

Joel Thomas Walker

in The Legend of Mar Qardagh: Narrative and Christian Heroism in Late Antique Iraq

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520245785
eISBN:
9780520932197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520245785.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter presents an annotated translation of the History of Mar Qardagh.


“We Rejoice in Your Heroic Deeds!”: Christian Heroism and Sasanian Epic Tradition

Joel Thomas Walker

in The Legend of Mar Qardagh: Narrative and Christian Heroism in Late Antique Iraq

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520245785
eISBN:
9780520932197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520245785.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter uses evidence from Persian literature and art—including the Middle Persian Chronicle of Ardashīr (ca. 600), the Shā hnāma of Firdowsi, and the late Sasanian cliff reliefs at ... More


The Festival of Mar Qardagh at Melqi

Joel Thomas Walker

in The Legend of Mar Qardagh: Narrative and Christian Heroism in Late Antique Iraq

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520245785
eISBN:
9780520932197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520245785.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This brief epilogue considers the annual trading fair at Melqi, where Christians gathered during the final week of summer to buy, to sell, and to honor Mar Qardagh. The saint's hagiographer claims ... More


Memories of Constantine in the Acts of the Persian Martyrs

Kyle Smith

in Constantine and the Captive Christians of Persia: Martyrdom and Religious Identity in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520289604
eISBN:
9780520964204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520289604.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines how the Syriac martyrdom narratives that are set during Shapur II's persecution narrate and conceptualize the role and influence of Constantine. More specifically, it considers ... More


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