Pagan City and Christian Capital: Rome in the Fourth Century

Pagan City and Christian Capital: Rome in the Fourth Century

by John R. Curran
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198152787

ISBN-13: 9780198152781

Pub. Date: 11/30/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The critical century between the arrival of Constantine and the advance of Alaric in the early fifth century witnessed dramatic changes in the city of Rome. In this book Dr. Curran has broken away from the usual notions of religious conflict between Christians and pagans, to focus on a number of approaches to the Christianization of Rome. He surveys the laws and

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The critical century between the arrival of Constantine and the advance of Alaric in the early fifth century witnessed dramatic changes in the city of Rome. In this book Dr. Curran has broken away from the usual notions of religious conflict between Christians and pagans, to focus on a number of approaches to the Christianization of Rome. He surveys the laws and political considerations which governed the building policy of Constantine and his successors, the effect of papal building and commemorative constructions on Roman topography, the continuing ambivalence of the Roman festal calendar, and the conflict between Christians over asceticism and "real" Christianity. Thus using analytical, literary, and legal evidence Dr Curran explains the way in which the landscape, civic life, and moral values of Rome were transformed by complex and sometimes paradoxical forces, laying the foundation for the capital of medieval Christendom. Through a study of Rome as a city Dr Curran explores the rise of Christianity and the decline of paganism in the later Roman empire.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198152781
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2000
Series:
Oxford Classical Monographs Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Pt. 1Topography1
1Emperors, Gods, and Violence in Third-Century Rome3
2Conservator Urbis: Maxentius in Rome43
3Constantine and Rome: The Context of Innovation70
4The Christianization of the Topography of Rome, AD 337-384116
Pt. 2Society159
5The Legal Standing of the Ancient Cults of Rome161
6Paganism, Christianity, and the Imperial Celebrations in the Circus Maximus During the Fourth Century218
7Jerome, Asceticism, and the Roman Aristocracy, AD 340-410260
Towards an Understanding of 'Christianization' in Rome321
Illustrations325
Bibliography359
Index385

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