By Bart D. Ehrman, Andrew S. Jacobs
Christianity in overdue Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader collects fundamental resources of the early Christian global, from the final "Great Persecution" lower than the Emperor Diocletian to the Council of Chalcedon within the mid-fifth century. in this interval Christianity rose to prominence within the Roman Empire, built new notions of sanctity and heresy, and unfold past the Mediterranean international. This reader comprises average texts--from authors akin to Athanasius, Augustine, and Eusebius--in the newest translations and likewise comprises much less universal texts, a few of which look in English translation for the 1st time. awarded of their entirety or in lengthy excerpts, the texts are prepared thematically and canopy such subject matters as orthodoxy, conversion, asceticism, and paintings and structure. The editors supply introductions for every bankruptcy, textual content, and picture, situating the choices traditionally, geographically, and intellectually. Christianity in overdue Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader highlights the ways that faith and tradition have been collectively remodeled in this an important old interval. excellent for classes in Early Christianity, Christianity in overdue Antiquity, and historical past of Christianity, this reader is a superb spouse to Bart D. Ehrman's After the recent testomony (OUP, 1998) and an outstanding source for students.
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Quickly, Christians came to see the role of the emperor in religious matters as natural and inevitable. This intertwining of imperial and Christian ideals was disrupted by the reign of Constantine's nephew, Julian. , Greco-Roman or pagan) religious practices throughout the empire. Julian's reign was short (he died during a failed military campaign against the Persians in 363), but the effects were long lasting. Every emperor after Julian was pressed to prove his Christian loyalty. Gratian (reign 367-83) officially renounced the title of Pontifex Maximus, the imperial guardianship of pagan priesthoods.
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Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader by Bart D. Ehrman, Andrew S. Jacobs