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Constantine and the Bishops

H A Drake
Constantine and the Bishops

Constantine and the Bishops

H A Drake

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"This is a learned, broadly based, and carefully elaborated argument. It is also racily written, interesting, and hard to put down."--Stuart G. Hall, Journal of Theological Studies

- Publisher 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

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"This is a learned, broadly based, and carefully elaborated argument. It is also racily written, interesting, and hard to put down."--Stuart G. Hall, Journal of Theological Studies
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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
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Table Of Contents

  • Contents: Preliminaries Contstantinople 335 Ad 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

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  • Catalogue Code 183496
  • Product Code 0801871042
  • EAN 9780801871047
  • Pages 632
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication Date Aug 2002
  • Dimensions 216 x 140 x 36 mm
  • Weight 0.726kg

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