Leadership & Community In Late Ancient Gaul / Edition 1

Leadership & Community In Late Ancient Gaul / Edition 1

by Raymond Van Dam
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520078950

ISBN-13: 9780520078956

Pub. Date: 03/19/1992

Publisher: University of California Press


The rise of Christianity to the dominant position it held in the Middle Ages remains a paradoxical achievement. Early Christian communities in Gaul had been so restrictive that they sometimes persecuted misfits with accusations of heresy. Yet by the fifth century Gallic aristocrats were becoming bishops to enhance their prestige; and by the sixth century Christian

Overview


The rise of Christianity to the dominant position it held in the Middle Ages remains a paradoxical achievement. Early Christian communities in Gaul had been so restrictive that they sometimes persecuted misfits with accusations of heresy. Yet by the fifth century Gallic aristocrats were becoming bishops to enhance their prestige; and by the sixth century Christian relic cults provided the most comprehensive idiom for articulating values and conventions. To strengthen its appeal, Christianity had absorbed the ideologies of secular authority already familiar in Gallic society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520078956
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/19/1992
Series:
Transformation of the Classical Heritage Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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