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Christianity and Roman Society by Gillian Clark
Book DescriptionEarly Christianity in the context of Roman society raises important questions for historians, sociologists of religion and theologians alike. This work explores the differing perspectives arising from a changing social and academic culture. Key issues concerning early Christianity are addressed, such as how early Christian accounts of pagans, Jews and heretics can be challenged and the degree to which Christian groups offered support to their members and to those in need. The work examines how non-Christians reacted to the spectacle of martyrdom and to Christian reverence for relics. Questions are also raised about why some Christians encouraged others to abandon wealth, status and gender-roles for extreme ascetic lifestyles and about whether Christian preachers trained in classical culture offered moral education to all or only to the social elite. The interdisciplinary and thematic approach offers the student of early Christianity a comprehensive treatment of its role and influence in Roman society.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521633864
(228mm x 152mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gillian Clark
Monica, Paperback (August 2015)
In Monica: An Ordinary Saint, Gillian Clark reconciles competing images of the life and legacy of Augustine's mother, arriving at a woman who was shrewd and enterprising, but also meek and gentle.
Porphyry: On Abstinence from Killing Animals, Paperback (April 2014)
The ancient Greek commentators on Aristotle constitute a large body of Greek philosophical writings, not previously translated into European languages. This volume includes notes and indexes and forms part of a series to fill this gap.
Late Antiquity: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (February 2011)
The time known as Late Antiquity (c.300-c.800) was a fascinatingly diverse and important period which saw the 'Fall of Rome' and the growth of Christianity and Islam. Gillian Clark explores its historical controversies, introducing the main characters and themes, and demonstrating the transition between the medieval and ancient.
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Introduces the student to the role of the Christian tradition in the Roman world.
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Author Biography - Gillian Clark
Gillian Clark is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Bristol. She has written extensively on Christianity and classical culture and her previous publications include Augustine: Confessions Book I-IV (Cambridge University Press, 1995).
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