Issue 109
December: 2017

Reading Time: 10 minutes

Dear Friend,

We at Gorgias Press wish you a wonderful holiday season and hope that your New Year is off to a pleasant start! December proved to be a busy time as the end of the year usually is; but we are ready to kick off 2018 here at Gorgias Press! Our Annual Sale was successful and if you missed it, fear not; there will be other sales throughout 2018. Starting things off is a 30% discount on books in the Ancient Near East category throughout January. 

This issue of e-Gorgias contains information about recently released and upcoming books, which are discounted at 20% for a limited time.  Additionally, we have news about book submissions and a report concerning our exhibiting at AJS .



Brandon Allen, Marketing and Editorial Assistant

  • Recently Released
  • Forthcoming
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For the complete list of recent publications, which are discounted at 20% for a limited time, please visit our New Releases page.

Introduction to Aramean and Syriac Studies
By Arman Akopian
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0738-0
Paperback: $168.00; Sale Price: $134.40 (You Save: $33.60)

Originally published in Armenian, this comprehensive introduction to Aramean and Syriac studies provides a gateway to the history, language, culture, and religion of the Aramean/Syriac people from the ancient times, through to the  modern day. Special attention is given to such topics as translation and literary activity of the Syriacs, their missionary zeal and role as an intercultural medium, denominational fragmentation,  and identity issues. The book is intended for the students of Oriental and Semitic studies but will be of value to anyone interested in the history and cultural heritage of the Christian Orient.

Death and Burial in Iron Age Israel, Aram, and Phoenicia
By Rachel Nabulsi
ISBN 978-1-4632-0640-6
Paperback: $182.00; Sale Price: $145.60 (You Save: $36.40)


Death and Burial uses archaeological and textual evidence to examine death and burial in Iron Age Israel and Aram. Despite dramatic differences in the religious systems of these peoples, this monograph demonstrates striking connections between their basic material and psychological frameworks for dealing with death.


Bethlehem's Syriac Christians: Self, nation and church in dialogue and practice
By Mark D. Calder
ISBN 978-1-4632-0637-6
Hardback: $162.00; Sale Price: $129.60 (You Save: $32.40)


An anthropological study of Syriac Orthodox Christian identity in a time of displacement, upheaval, and conflict. For some Syriac Orthodox Christians in Bethlehem, their self-articulation - the means by which they connect themselves to others, things, places and symbols - is decisively influenced by their eucharistic ritual. This ritual connects being siryāni to a redeemed community or 'body', and derives its identity in large part from the Incarnation of God as an Aramaic-speaking Bethlehemite.

The Arabic Plotinus: A Philosophical Study of the 'Theology of Aristotle'
By Peter Adamson
ISBN 978-1-4632-0718-2
Paperback: $70.00; Sale Price: $56.00 (You Save: $14.00)


The so-called "Theology of Aristotle" is a translation of the Enneads of Plotinus, the most important representative of late ancient Platonism. It was produced in the 9th century CE within the circle of al-Kindī, one of the most important groups for the early reception of Greek thought in Arabic. In part because the "Theology" was erroneously transmitted under Aristotle's authorship, it became the single most important conduit by which Neoplatonism reached the Islamic world. It is referred to by such thinkers as al-Fārābī, in an attempt to demonstrate the agreement between Platonism and Aristotelianism, Avicenna, who wrote a set of comments on the text, and later on thinkers of Safavid Persia including Mullā Ṣadrā.

Yet the "Theology" is not just a translation. It may in fact more accurately be described as a creative paraphrase, which takes frequent liberties with the source text and even includes whole paragraphs' worth of new material. Adamson's book offers a philosophical interpretation of the changes introduced in the Arabic version. It is argued that these changes were in part intended to show the relevance of Plotinus' thought for contemporary Islamic culture, for instance by connecting the Neoplatonist theory of the First Principle to theological disputes within Islam over the status of God's attributes. At the same time the paraphrase reflects a tendency to harmonize the various strands of Greek thought, so that a critique by Plotinus of Aristotle's theory of the soul is subtly changed into a defense of Aristotle's theory against a possible misinterpretation. The upshot, or so Adamson argues, is that the "Theology" needs to be read as an original philosophical work in its own right, and understood within the context of the ʿAbbāsid era.


Jelena Dimitrijević: Letters from Salonika
By Vladimir D. Bošković

Written during Jelena Dimitrijević’s visit in the summer of 1908, in the midst of the Young Turk Revolution, the Letters from Salonika vividly portray the days of the city’s greatest glory—filled with deceptive hopes that the empire could still be saved and that the new days of liberty and equality had arrived. “Since its foundation, Salonika has never been what it is today: the happiest city on earth, the cradle of liberty to the peoples of the Empire,” Dimitrijević wrote. The main topic of her narrative is the “unveiling” of Muslim women, but also more broadly, the women’s rights in the Ottoman Empire and their perspectives for the future.

Jelena Dimitrijević was an erudite, a feminist, and an avid traveler. She spoke six languages and she was the first Serbian woman to make a journey around the world. Thanks to her familiarity with the world of the Ottoman harem, but also thanks to her personal culture, Jelena was received in the best houses of Salonika—Turkish, Jewish, and Greek—and she described her impressions in ten letters, addressed to her French friend Louise St. Jakšić, professor at the College for Girls in Belgrade. Of particular interest is her visit to the houses of the Mu’min community, unique to this city (and therefore also known as Selâlikli), of which she also gave a detailed report. She also visited the household of İsmail Enver, leader of the Revolution, as well as other dignitaries. Dimitrijević’s description of a multicultural, Ottoman Salonika commemorates a world which would soon become unrecognizable and from which few traces remain.

The book includes a substantial critical introduction and a detailed commentary of Dimitrijević’s text. It includes an overview of her life and works and a presentation of her fluid cultural, linguistic, and gender identity, her “sincere nationalism and sincere cosmopolitanism.” The fascinating parallels between Dimitrijević’s harem writing and those of her counterparts—Zeyneb Hanoum, Halide Edib, Demetra Vaka-Brown, Grace Ellison—are also given due attention. The hybrid nature of their writing, irony, mimicry, and gender masquerade in their texts, their multilingualism and multiculturalism, their elusive homoeroticism, all reflect the complex sociocultural context of the last decades of the Ottoman Empire, but also form part of the literary dialog with the Orientalist “autobiographical fiction” of the time, especially the novels by Pierre Loti. Jelena’s text not only deepens our understanding of the European nationalisms, but it also problematizes many aspects of the dominant academic discourse on colonialism and postcolonialism.
ISBN 978-1-4632-0641-3, Hardback: $95.00

Call for Submissions: Gorgias Studies in Early Christianity and Patristics
The Gorgias Press series, GSECP, has been updated with a new editorial board and we are currently looking for new book proposals! This series allows for a broad scope of research related to Early Christianity or Patristics since books can take historical, cultural, literary, theological, and/or philosophical approaches. If you have a manuscript which you would like to publish and would like information on how to submit a proposal or if you are simply interested in this series, check out the brochure by clicking here for page 1 and here for page 2!

Call for Submissions: Biblical Intersections
The Gorgias Press series, BI, is also looking for new submissions. This series seeks to intermingle biblical studies with at least one other of the following fields of study: philosophy, sociology, anthropology, economics, cultural studies, intertextuality, and/or literary studies. BI is therefore more than a series related solely to theological or exegetical studies. For information on how to submit proposals or to learn more about the series, click here!

Gorgias Press at AJS
We had a wonderful time exhibiting at AJS this year and thank all of you who stopped by the booth! Sales went well and some solid contacts were made regarding new book possibilities; so keep posted for information about new releases!
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