Constantine and the Bishops The Politics of Intolerance

ISBN-10: 0801871042

ISBN-13: 9780801871047

Edition: 2000

Authors: H. A. Drake

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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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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 8/19/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 632
Size: 5.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

H. A. Drake is a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Preliminaries
Constantinople, A.D. 335
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
The First Sirmondian Constitution
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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