Melania is a tribute to the renowned historian Elizabeth Clark. It is a tribute in a concrete and rather obvious sense, in that the volume is dedicated to Clark and most of the essays derive from papers presented at a 2013 Duke symposium held in her honor. More importantly, the book embodies a coherent and compelling intellectual project and vision—unusual for a Festschrift—that is a tribute not only to the paths opened up by Clark's groundbreaking publications but also to her extraordinary teaching career. Clark has trained an entire generation of skilled and gifted scholars of late ancient Christianity, two of whom, Catherine Chin and Caroline Schroeder, edited Melania. Chin,...

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