Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity Towards a Christian Empire

ISBN-10: 0299133443
ISBN-13: 9780299133443
Edition: N/A
Authors: Peter Brown
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List price: $18.95
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 10/15/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Peter Brown, perhaps the greatest living authority on Mediterranean civilization in late antiquity, traces the growing power of Christian bishops as they wrested influence from philosophers, who had traditionally advised the rulers of Graeco-Roman society.  In the new “Christian empire,” the ancient bonds of citizen to citizen and of each city to its benefactors were replaced by a common Christianity and common loyalty to a distant, Christian autocrat.  This transformation of the Roman empire from an ancient to a medieval society, he argues, is among the most far-reaching consequences of the rise of Christianity.

Preface
Devotio: Autocracy and Elites
Paideia and Power
Poverty and Power
Towards a Christian Empire
Index

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