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‘We have no king but Christ’Christian Political Thought in Greater Syria on the Eve of the Arab Conquest (c.400-585)$
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Philip Wood

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588497

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588497.001.0001

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Theories of Nations and the World of Late Antiquity

Theories of Nations and the World of Late Antiquity

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‘We have no king but Christ’

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This chapter is a counterpoint to the previous chapter. It focuses on the centrifugal effects of Christianity on regional identity, looking at this in the context of the wider Roman‐Empire and the problem of Romanisation, Using a theoretical framework drawn from literature on modern nationalism in eastern Europe and the Arab world, this short chapter examines the clustering and separation of identities in the Roman world, taking Jews and Samaritans as case studies, before looking at Edessa and Syriac‐speakers in detail.

Keywords:   Ethnie, Nationalism, Jews, Samaritans, Palmyra, Edessa, Romanisation

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