Pagans and Christians in Late Antiquity: A Sourcebook / Edition 1

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A. D. Lee examines the fortunes of pagans and Christians from the upheavals of the third century, to the increasingly tumultuous times of the fifth and sixth centuries which witnessed the demise of the western empire and the survival of the eastern half. It also explores the fate of other significant religious groups - Jews, Zoroastrians, and Manichaeans - and illustrates a number of important themes in late antique Christianity, such as the growth of monasticism, the emerging power of bishops, and the development of pilgrimage.

Each extract or item is accompanied by a clear explanation of its context and significance and by guidance on further reading. By presenting contemporary material in this way, Pagans and Christians in Late Antiquityforms the ideal introduction to a period and subject full of interest.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415138932
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Routledge Sourcebooks for the Ancient World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 759,855
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Lee is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Nottingham. He has published widely on many aspects of Late Antiquity, including his most recent book, From Rome to Byzantium, AD 363 to 565: The Transformation of Ancient Rome (2013).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Conventions and abbreviations
List of emperors
Introduction 1
Pt. I Pagans and Christians through time 13
1 Pagans in the third century 15
2 Christians in the third century 36
3 Pagans and Christians during the Tetrarchy 64
4 Constantine 80
5 Pagans and Christians in the mid-fourth century 94
6 Pagans and Christians in the late fourth century 111
7 Christianisation and its limits in the fifth and sixth centuries 132
Pt. II Other religious groups 149
8 Jews 151
9 Zoroastrians 169
10 Manichaeans 174
Pt. III Themes in late antique Christianity 185
11 Ascetics 187
12 Bishops 213
13 Material resources 227
14 Church life 241
15 Women 261
16 Pilgrims and holy places 272
Editions 298
Bibliography 301
Index of sources 315
General index 319
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