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Authority and the Sacred: Aspects of the Christianisation of the Roman World / Edition 1

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Overview

The Christianization of the Roman world lies at the root of modern Europe. Peter Brown's fascinating study examines the factors that proved decisive and the compromises that made the emergence of the Christian conception of existence possible: how 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.

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'A brilliant book, by a scholar to whom church historians are already deeply indebted, providing ample material for further debates.' The Expository Times

' ... the treatment is fresh and independent'. The Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521595575
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Canto original Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 107
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Brown

Peter Brown is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. His Web site is somebrownstuff.com.

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Christianisation: narratives and process; 2. The limits of intolerance; 3. Arbiters of the Holy: the Christian holy man in late antiquity; Notes; Index.

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