The Library of The Other Antiquity

Over the past decades Late Antiquity has evolved into an increasingly productive area of study. No longer seen merely as the continuation of ‘classical’ antiquity, an epigonal age, or the first phase of the medieval, Late Antiquity is now being approached as a period with its own characteristic traits, which lend themselves to interpretation in their own right. The emerging profile of Late Antiquity is both diverse and complex, a lively and productive combination of cultural pluralism and a stubborn dedication to tradition. Although for terminological reasons the term ‘Late Antiquity’ seems impossible to avoid, ‘The Other Antiquity’ aims to contribute to a more independent conceptualization of the period. This series understands itself as stimulus for a discussion of late antique literature which will open up new approaches and simultaneously put the fascination and charm of Late Antiquity on display for readers in other disciplines as well. A central theme is the reception of late antique texts in subsequent phases of Western culture, with particular emphasis on the perception of the “End of Antiquity” and the construction of Late Antiquity as an independent and self-contained period. This series will open up the field to a broader cultural discussion, not least with a view to postmodern reassessments, and will offer a basis for the interpretation of texts of widely varying origin.

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