Adolf Von Harnack

In the preface to his seminal work, The Mission and Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries, Adolf von Harnack claimed No monograph has yet been devoted to the mission and spread of the Christian religion during the first three centuries of our era 1908, vii . Before Harnack's work, it is said, there were only myths of origin The primitive history of the church's mission lies buried in legend or rather, it has been replaced by a tendentious history of what is alleged to have...

Evidence For The Vitality Of The Polis In Asia Minor

Now that we have challenged some scholarly portraits of the polis, we can go on to discuss more positive evidence concerning the continuing vitality of civic life. I begin by addressing the significance, for the polis, of social networks of benefaction in the Hellenistic and Roman eras then, I continue by using inscriptional evidence for associations in Roman Asia as an indication of involvements in, attachments to, and identifications with numerous dimensions of the polis on the part of its...

Introduction

Any attempt to understand religious rivalries in the ancient Mediterranean world must take into account the social and political structures within which such phenomena took place. Such structures influenced or constrained in various ways the activities and behaviours of the individuals, groups, and communities that attract our historical interest. Thus, it is the city or polis of the Greek East, and the larger power structures of which the polis was a part, that should frame our investigations....