Ambrose of Milan: Church and Court in a Christian Capital

Ambrose of Milan: Church and Court in a Christian Capital

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by Neil B. McLynn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520084616

ISBN-13: 9780520084612

Pub. Date: 12/13/1994

Publisher: University of California Press

"This is an important book, for it deals with Ambrose's public career very thoroughly . . . something we have long been waiting for . . . a hard-headed account, keeping well clear of either hagiography or denigration, presenting many of the central episodes of Ambrose's career in an entirely new light."—Robert Markus

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"This is an important book, for it deals with Ambrose's public career very thoroughly . . . something we have long been waiting for . . . a hard-headed account, keeping well clear of either hagiography or denigration, presenting many of the central episodes of Ambrose's career in an entirely new light."—Robert Markus

"Ambrose of Milan has long needed the modern biography which Neil McLynn has now written. Here is a learned and thorough work, absorbingly readable, bringing Ambrose vividly to life."—Sir Henry Chadwick, Oxford University

"McLynn has something fresh and (usually) revisionist to say about every familiar episode in this period, and he succeeds in exposing a very different Ambrose—a sweat-soaked saint who knew how to struggle and improvise."—Hal Drake, University of California, Santa Barbara

"McLynn possesses an impressive control of the general history of the period, as well as a detailed knowledge of specific events in which Ambrose was a participant, or even the 'impresario.' He gives us a critical and nuanced book about this important bishop, which will change how we read and think about Ambrose."—Carole Straw, Mount Holyoke College

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520084612
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/13/1994
Series:
Transformation of the Classical Heritage Series
Pages:
436
Sales rank:
734,002
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction

Chapter 1. The Reluctant Bishop
Chapter 2. Consolidation
Chapter 3. Ambrose and Gratian
Chapter 4. Persecution
Chapter 5. Ambrose's People, I: Master of Ceremonies
Chapter 6. Ambrose's People, II: Friends and Influence
Chapter 7. Ambrose and Theodosius
Chapter 8. Sanctity

Bibliography
Index

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Ambrose of Milan: Church and Court in a Christian Capital 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a book for the Christian faithful looking for a hagiography; nor for casual readers wanting a standard 'life'. It is rather a re-examination of Ambrose in the light of modern scholarship, which has done much to fill in our understanding of political power in the late fourth century. Despite the scholarly tone, though, this is a very readable book; in particular, the chapter on Ambrose's dangerous confrontation with Valentinian over control of Milan's churches is spellbinding. Highly recommended if you already know something about the period and want a new view of one of the most important figures of late antiquity.
papicek More than 1 year ago
Precidely written, Ambrose of Milan reads somewhat like a well composed doctoral thesis. No matter. Part of a resurgent, Christian church, Ambrose's triumph over the last emperor of both western Rome and Byzantium, Theodosius I, have led biographers to tend toward hagiography. While no new material on Ambrose has surfaced, McLynn offers a more balanced view of his subject than existing scholarship.

McLynn's command of the nuance of late Roman society is very impressive and he earns 5 stars here for intellectual rigor.