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The Cambridge companion to the Age of Constantine /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Lenski, Noel Emmanuel, 1965-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
German
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006
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Online Access: Online version
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There must be few men of the past who have changed history as much as the emperor Constantine I. In his youth, the Romans worshipped various pagan cults; when he died, paganism was struggling to survive in the Roman Empire, and the Christian church was a power to be reckoned with. The climate of opinion, even the social structure of the empire, had changed, and the center of power had moved to a new capital, Constantinople. This Cambridge Companion has a meaty subject. Like other "Cambridge Companions," to say nothing of similar volumes published by Brill and Blackwood, this is a collection of separate essays dealing first with the empire before Constantine's conversion, then traditional religion before Christianity (Mark Edwards) and Constantine's impact on Christianity (H. Drake). Section 3 deals with law and society and section 4 with art and culture. The fifth and last section, "Empire and Beyond," looks at Constantine's army and his relations with the northern 'barbarians," the Teutonic tribes who invaded western Europe; finally, Elizabeth Key Fowden looks at the fragile frontier facing Persia. The essays cover the main bases. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. A. S. Evans emeritus, University of British Columbia

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