Visions of Community: Reflections on the role of Ethnicity in the Post-Roman West, Byzantium and the Early Islamic World

BY Walter Pohl

After the fall of Rome, Western Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic World established complex communities whose members had diverse ethnic and religious identities.

In the post-Roman Mediterranean, all early medieval cultures built strongly on the Hellenic and Roman heritage of the Classical world. Still, the processes of identity formation took a different turn in each of them. This discourse reflects on the respective role of ethnic, religious, regional and political identity in the three cultural spheres, and attempts to indicate new ways of research to... View Full Summary