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Bowersock, G. W. (Glen Warren) 1936-

Works: 133 works in 703 publications in 4 languages and 20,220 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Introductions 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Author of introduction, Other, Contributor, Creator, Honoree, Publishing director, tra, Collector
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Most widely held works about G. W Bowersock
Most widely held works by G. W Bowersock
Augustus and the Greek world by G. W Bowersock( Book )

39 editions published between 1655 and 1981 in English and held by 1,057 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martyrdom and Rome by G. W Bowersock( Book )

28 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in English and French and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the historical context of the earliest Christian martyrs, and anchors their grisly and often wilful self-sacrifice to the everyday life and outlook of the cities of the Roman empire. Professor Bowersock begins by investigating both the time and the region in which martyrdom, as we know it, came into being. He also offers comparisons of the Graeco-Roman background with the martyrology of Jews and Muslims. A study of official protocols illuminates the bureaucratic institutions of the Roman state as they applied to the first martyrs; and the martyrdoms themselves are seen within the context of urban life (and public spectacle) in the great imperial cities. By considering martyrdom in relation to suicide, the author is also able to demonstrate the peculiarly Roman character of Christian self-sacrifice in relation to other forms of deadly resistance to authority
Fiction as history : Nero to Julian by G. W Bowersock( Book )

24 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publishers description : Using pagan fiction produced in Greek and Latin during the early Christian era, G.W. Bowersock investigates the complex relationship between "historical" and "fictional" truths. This relationship preoccupied writers of the second century, a time when apparent fictions about both past and present were proliferating at an astonishing rate and history was being invented all over again. With force and eloquence, Bowersock illuminates social attitudes of this period and persuasively argues that its fiction was influenced by the emerging Christian Gospel narratives
Mosaics as history : the Near East from late antiquity to Islam by G. W Bowersock( Book )

13 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the past century, exploration and serendipity have uncovered mosaic after mosaic in the Near East--maps, historical images, mythical figures, and religious scenes that constitute an immense treasure of new testimony from antiquity. The stories these mosaics tell unfold in this brief, richly informed book by a preeminent scholar of the classical world."--Jacket
On the donation of Constantine by Lorenzo Valla( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Latin and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lorenzo Valla (1407-1457) was the most important theorist of the humanist movement. He wrote a major work on Latin style, On Elegance in the Latin Language, which became a battle-standard in the struggle for the reform of Latin across Europe, and Dialectical Disputations, a wide-ranging attack on scholastic logic. His most famous work is On the Donation of Constantine, an oration in which Valla uses new philological methods to attack the authenticity of the most important document justifying the papacy's claims to temporal rule. It appears here in a new translation with introduction and notes by G.W. Bowersock, based on the critical text of Wolfram Setz (1976). This volume also includes a text and translation of the Constitutum Constantini, commonly known as the Donation of Constantine."--Jacket
A.D. Momigliano : studies on modern scholarship by Arnaldo Momigliano( Book )

16 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using pagan prose fiction produced in Greek and Latin during the early Christian era, Bowersock investigates the complex relationship among perceived and presented 'historical' and 'fictional' truths. Bowersock's superb lecturing style is successfully transferred into writing with force and eloquence, as he weaves accounts from a wide range of sources into his text, illuminating social attitudes of the period and persuasively arguing that fiction of the period was influenced by the emerging Christian Gospel narratives. In the second half of the first century emerges a new kind of fiction including outlandish tales of travel, romance and comic novels. Bowersock concentrates on secular literature, illuminating not only its literary motifs, but also reconstructing the societal context as one engrossed in fabrications and all kinds of revisions or rewriting. Using these less familiar materials as his points of reference, he reads into familiar Christian material, making linkages and casting new light on familiar subjects, as well as providing some provocative interpretations of familiar Christian texts. Bowersock uses close historical and literary analyses of specific passages of works, and pays attention to larger and more general issues and questions around the relationship between fiction and history and how we read them. This book will be of basic intellectual concern to all raised in the environment of Christian belief
The crucible of Islam by G. W Bowersock( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Little is known about Arabia in the sixth century CE. Yet from this distant time and place emerged a faith and an empire that stretched from the Iberian peninsula to India. Today, Muslims account for nearly a quarter of the global population. G. W. Bowersock seeks to illuminate this most obscure and yet most dynamic period in the history of Islam--from the mid-sixth to mid-seventh century--exploring why arid Arabia proved to be such fertile ground for Muhammad's prophetic message, and why that message spread so quickly to the wider world. In Muhammad's time Arabia stood at the crossroads of great empires, a place where Christianity, Judaism, and local polytheistic traditions vied for adherents. Mecca, Muhammad's birthplace, belonged to the part of Arabia recently conquered by the Ethiopian Christian king Abraha. But Ethiopia lost western Arabia to Persia following Abraha's death, while the death of the Byzantine emperor in 602 further destabilized the region. Within this chaotic environment, where lands and populations were traded frequently among competing powers and belief systems, Muhammad began winning converts to his revelations. In a troubled age, his followers coalesced into a powerful force, conquering Palestine, Syria, and Egypt and laying the groundwork of the Umayyad Caliphate. The crucible of Islam remains an elusive vessel. Although we may never grasp it firmly, Bowersock offers the most detailed description of its contours and the most compelling explanation of how one of the world's great religions took shape.--
Throne of Adulis : Red Sea wars on the eve of Islam by G. W Bowersock( Book )

16 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Just prior to the rise of Islam in the sixth century AD, southern Arabia was embroiled in a violent conflict between Christian Ethiopians and Jewish Arabs. Though little known today, this was an international war that involved both the Byzantine Empire, which had established Christian churches in Ethiopia, and the Sasanian Empire in Persia, which supported the Jews in what became a proxy war against its longtime foe Byzantium. ..."--Jacket
From Gibbon to Auden : essays on the classical tradition by G. W Bowersock( Book )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume collects seventeen of G.W. Bowersock's essays, each illustrating how the classical past has captured the imagination of some of the greatest figures in modern historiography and literature. The essays here range across three centuries, the eighteenth to the twentieth, and are divided chronologically." "The result is a rich survey of the early modern and modern uses of the classical past by one of its most important contemporary commentators."--Jacket
Arktouros : Hellenic studies presented to Bernard M.W. Knox on the occasion of his 65th birthday( Book )

17 editions published between 1979 and 2011 in English and German and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life of Apollonius by Philostratus( Book )

11 editions published between 1960 and 1971 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Empires in collision in late antiquity by G. W Bowersock( Book )

13 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, based on lectures delivered at the Historical Society of Israel, the famed historian G. W. Bowersock presents a searching examination of political developments in the Arabian Peninsula on the eve of the rise of Islam. Recounting the growth of Christian Ethiopia and the conflict with Jewish Arabia, he describes the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of a late resurgent Sassanian (Persian) Empire. He concludes by underscoring the importance of the Byzantine Empire's defeat of the Sassanian forces, which destabilized the region and thus provided the opportunity for the rise and military success of Islam in the seventh century. Using close readings of surviving texts, Bowersock sheds new light on the complex causal relationships among the Byzantine, Ethiopian, Persian, and emerging Islamic forces. --
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Warren Bowersock, Glen 1936-

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Боуэрсок, Глен

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بورسك، غلن، 1936-

جلين وارين بورسوك، 1936-


バワーソック, G. W.

English (207)

French (5)

Latin (2)

German (1)

Fiction as history : Nero to JulianMosaics as history : the Near East from late antiquity to IslamOn the donation of ConstantineA.D. Momigliano : studies on modern scholarshipFrom Gibbon to Auden : essays on the classical tradition