Authority and the Sacred : Aspects of the Christianisation of the Roman World

Authority and the Sacred : Aspects of the Christianisation of the Roman World

Description

The Christianisation of the Roman world lies at the root of modern Europe, yet at the time it was a tentative and piecemeal process. Peter Brown's fascinating study examines the factors which proved decisive and the compromises which made the emergence of the Christian 'thought world' possible: how the the old gods of the Roman Empire could be reinterpreted as symbols to further the message of the Church. Peter Brown also shows how Christian holy men were less representative of a triumphant faith than negotiators of a working compromise between the new faith and traditional ways of dealing with the supernatural worlds.


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Details

Author(s)
Peter Brown
Format
Paperback | 108 pages
Dimensions
145 x 216 x 7mm | 150g
Publication date
26 Oct 2002
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
Revised ed.
Illustrations note
Worked examples or Exercises
ISBN10
0521595576
ISBN13
9780521595575
Bestsellers rank
1,184,049