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Empire to Commonwealth:
Consequences of Monotheism in Late Antiquity
Garth Fowden

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of illustrations
Abbreviations
Note on transliteration and references
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction3
1The world's two eyes: Iran, Rome, and the pursuit of world empire12
The geographical focus12
Iran, the Greeks, and Polytheist Rome19
Sasanian universalism24
2Polytheist Rome: Toward cultural universalism within empire37
Seeds of polytheist universalism37
Alexandria44
Rome45
The third century50
Julian and Helios-Mithras52
Universalism and Rome's identity57
3The Fertile Crescent: Cultural universalism between and beyond empires61
The Sabians of Harran62
Judaism65
Manichaeism72
Christianity76
4Constantine: Christian empire and crusade80
Antecedents of Christian Rome80
Constantine's strategy85
Empire and Church86
Mission90
Iran93
5The First Byzantine Commonwealth: Interactions of political and cultural universalism100
The geographical focus101
Iberia and Armenia104
Southern Arabia and Ethiopia109
Nubia116
The Arabs119
Christians of Iran and beyond121
The politico-cultural entity124
6Islam: World empire, then commonwealth138
The building of world empire138
Empire and religion152
The Islamic Commonwealth160
Epilogue169
Bibliography177
Index201

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