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Wedding Garments and Holy Yokes: Celibacy and Holiness in Aphrahat, the Persian Sage

Naomi Koltun-Fromm

in Hermeneutics of Holiness: Ancient Jewish and Christian Notions of Sexuality and Religious Community

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199736485
eISBN:
9780199866427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736485.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on the fourth-century Syriac Christian writer Aphrahat, known as the “Persian Sage” and his construct of holiness and celibacy. Aphrahat, who administered to the small ... More


Rereading Nisibis: Narrating the Battle for Roman Mesopotamia

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/9780520289604.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines contemporary observers' interpretation of the battle for Roman Mesopotamia, including the city of Nisibis. Following Constantine's death, Shapur II's armies began attacking ... More


Patronizing Persians: Constantine’s Letter to Shapur II

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/9780520289604.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines Constantine's letter to the Persian king Shapur II and its significance as a source for Roman–Persian relations in the fourth century. More specifically, it analyzes the content ... More


On War and Persecution: Aphrahaṭ the Persian Sage and the Martyrdom and History of Blessed Simeon Bar Ṣabba‘e

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/9780520289604.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines two Syriac martyrdom narratives that chronicle the death of Simeon bar Sabba'e, the bishop of Seleucia-Ctesiphon and are considered among the best Syriac sources for the history ... More


The Church of the East and the Territorialization of Christianity

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/9780520289604.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the History of Blessed Simeon bar Sabba'e and two other texts from among the Syriac Acts of the Persian Martyrs: the Martyrdom of the Captives of Beth Zabdai and the Martyrdom ... 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


Constantine’s Crusade: The Emperor’s Last Days and the Persian Campaign

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/9780520289604.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines Constantine's planned religious campaign against Persia on behalf of the Christians and its possible motivations. Constantine's march toward the Mesopotamian battlefields where ... More


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