Constantine and the Bishops: The Politics of Intolerance / Edition 1

Constantine and the Bishops: The Politics of Intolerance / Edition 1

by H. A. Drake
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801871042

ISBN-13: 9780801871047

Pub. Date: 09/10/2002

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Historians who viewed imperial Rome in terms of a conflict between pagans and Christians have often regarded the emperor Constantine's conversion as the triumph of Christianity over paganism. But in Constantine and the Bishops, historian H. A. Drake offers a fresh and more nuanced understanding of Constantine's rule and, especially, of his relations with

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Historians who viewed imperial Rome in terms of a conflict between pagans and Christians have often regarded the emperor Constantine's conversion as the triumph of Christianity over paganism. But in Constantine and the Bishops, historian H. A. Drake offers a fresh and more nuanced understanding of Constantine's rule and, especially, of his relations with Christians.

Constantine, Drake suggests, was looking not only for a god in whom to believe but also a policy he could adopt. Uncovering the political motivations behind Constantine's policies, Drake shows how those policies were constructed to ensure the stability of the empire and fulfill Constantine's imperial duty in securing the favor of heaven.

Despite the emperor's conversion to Christianity, Drake concludes, Rome remained a world filled with gods and with men seeking to depose rivals from power. A book for students and scholars of ancient history and religion, Constantine and the Bishops shows how Christian belief motivated and gave shape to imperial rule.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801871047
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/10/2002
Series:
Ancient Society and History
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
632
Sales rank:
991,894
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.43(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents:

Preliminaries

Contstantinople 335 AD

The Game of Empire

The Church Becomes a Player

Opportunities

The Old Guard Changes

In Search of a Vision

Building a Coalition

Consequences

Consensus Politics

Controlling the Message

Controlling the Agenda

Unintended Consequences

The Fine Print

Power Players

Milan, 390

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