Authority and the sacred: aspects of the Christianisation of the Roman world

The Christianisation of the Roman world lies at the root of modern Europe, yet at the time it was a tentative and piecemeal process. Peter Brown's fascinating study examines the factors which proved decisive and the compromises which made the emergence of the Christian 'thought world'...

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Subtitles:Authority & the Sacred
Main Author: Brown, Peter
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1992.
Series/Journal:Canto original series
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Roman Empire / Christianization
Further subjects:B Church history ; Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600
B Church history, Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600
B Church History Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600
B Rome ; Religion
B Rome Religion
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
Parallel Edition:Non-electronic
Print version: 9780521595575
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Summary:The Christianisation of the Roman world lies at the root of modern Europe, yet at the time it was a tentative and piecemeal process. Peter Brown's fascinating study examines the factors which proved decisive and the compromises which made the emergence of the Christian 'thought world' possible: how the the old gods of the Roman Empire could be reinterpreted as symbols to further the message of the Church. Peter Brown also shows how Christian holy men were less representative of a triumphant faith than negotiators of a working compromise between the new faith and traditional ways of dealing with the supernatural worlds.
Preface -- 1. Christianisation : narratives and processes -- 2. The limits of intolerance -- 3. Arbiters of the holy : the Christian holy man in late antiquity -- Notes -- Index
Item Description:Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
ISBN:0511802358
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511802355