Religions of the Constantinian Empire

ISBN : 9780198785248

Mark Edwards
384 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jan 2018
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Religions of the Constantinian Empire provides a synoptic review of Constantine's relation to all the cultic and theological traditions of the Empire during the period from his seizure of power in the west in 306 CE; to the end of his reign as autocrat of both east and west in 337 CE;. Divided into three parts, the first considers the efforts of Christians to construct their own philosophy, and their own patterns of the philosophic life, in opposition to Platonism. The second assembles evidence of survival, variation or decay in religious practices which were never compulsory under Roman law. The religious plurality of the second section includes those cults which are represented as demonic burlesques of the sacraments by Firmicus Maternus. The third reviews the changes, both within the church and in the public sphere, which were undeniably prompted by the accession of a Christian monarch. In this section on Christian polyphony, Mark Edwards expertly moves on from this deliberat


Preface; Philosophical Variations; 1 Christian versus Pagan in Eusebius of Caesarea; 2 Latin Apologists and Roman Culture; 3 The Metamorphoses of Platonism; 4 Pagan Holiness; 5 New Forms of Christian Holiness; Religious Plurality; 6 Religions of the Vanquished; 7 Religions of Transformation; 8 Jews and Judaism; Christian Polyphony; 9 The Religious Integrity of Constantine; 10 The End of Sacrifice?; 11 The Bible of the Constantinian Church; 12 Celebrating Christ; 13 From Origen to Arius; 14 Retrospectives, Christian and Pagan; Epilogue; Bibliography

About the author: 

Mark Edwards is Professor of Early Christian Studies at University of Oxford. His publications include Catholicity and Heresy in the Early Church (Ashgate, 2009) and John Through the Centuries (Wiley-Blackwell, 2003).

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