Here are some books I would like to have my hands on during the coming year 2016. They are, perhaps, not directly relevant to a study of Philo of Alexandria, though having a closer look at them might make you change your mind about exactly that relevancy.
The books are just announced by their publishers.
Here are the titles, and the publishers note about the books:
Nässelqvist, Dan. 2016. Public Reading in Early Christianity. Lectors, Manuscripts, and Sound in the Oral Delivery of John 1–4. Novum Testamentum, Supplements 163. Leiden: Brill.
“In Public Reading in Early Christianity: Lectors, Manuscripts, and Sound in the Oral Delivery of John 1-4 Dan Nässelqvist investigates the oral delivery of New Testament writings in early Christian communities of the first two centuries C.E. He examines the role of lectors and public reading in the Greek and Roman world as well as in early Christianity. Nässelqvist introduces a method of sound analysis, which utilizes the correspondence between composition and delivery in ancient literary writings to retrieve information about oral delivery from the sound structures of the text being read aloud. Finally he applies the method of sound analysis to John 1–4 and presents the implications for our understanding of public reading and the Gospel of John.”
Ligt, Luuk de, ed. 2016. Migration and Mobility in the Early Roman Empire. Studies in Global Social History 23/7. Leiden: Brill.
“Until recently migration did not occupy a prominent place on the agenda of students of Roman history. Various types of movement in the Roman world were studied, but not under the heading of migration and mobility. Migration and Mobility in the Early Roman Empire starts from the assumption that state-organised, forced and voluntary mobility and migration were intertwined and should be studied together. The papers assembled in the book tap into the remarkably large reservoir of archaeological and textual sources concerning various types of movement during the Roman Principate. The most important themes covered are rural-urban migration, labour mobility, relationships between forced and voluntary mobility, state-organised movements of military units, and familial and female mobility.”
Contributors are: Colin Adams, Seth Bernard, Christer Bruun, Luuk de Ligt, Paul Erdkamp, Lien Foubert, Peter Garnsey, Saskia Hin, Claire Holleran, Tatiana Ivleva, Elio Lo Cascio, Tracy Prowse, Saskia Roselaar, Laurens E. Tacoma, Rolf Tybout, Greg Woolf, and Andrea Zerbini.
List of contents
1. Approaching migration in the early Roman empire
Luuk de Ligt and Laurens E. Tacoma
2. The impact of migration on the demographic profile of the city of Rome: a reassessment
Elio Lo Cascio
3. Seasonal labour and rural-urban migration in Roman Italy
4. Food distributions and immigration in imperial Rome
Seth G. Bernard
5. Migration in early-imperial Italy: Herculaneum and Rome compared
Peter Garnsey and Luuk de Ligt
6. Labour mobility in the Roman world: a case study of mines in Iberia
7. State-organised mobility in the Roman empire: legionaries and auxiliaries
Saskia T. Roselaar
8. Peasants into soldiers: recruitment and military mobility in the early Roman empire
9. Tracing familial mobility: female and child migrants in the Roman West
10. Isotopes and mobility in the ancient Roman world
Tracy L. Prowse
11. Revisiting urban graveyard theory: migrant flows in Hellenistic and Roman Athens
12. Migration in Roman Egypt: problems and possibilities
13. Migrant women in P.Oxy. and the port cities of Roman Egypt: tracing women’s travel behaviour in papyrological sources
14. Human mobility in the Roman Near East: patterns and motives
15. Moving epigrams: migration and mobility in the Greek East
Laurens E. Tacoma and Rolf A. Tybout
16. Dead men walking: the repatriation of mortal remains
Rolf A. Tybout
17. Movers and stayers