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The excellent empire : the fall of Rome and the triumph of the church

Author: Jaroslav Pelikan
Publisher: San Francisco : Harper & Row, ©1987.
Series: Rauschenbusch lectures, new ser., 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The author "traces the various responses to the fall of Rome by the Church fathers. ... Pelikan first summarizes contemporary patristic reactions to the decline of Rome. He then focuses on how those reactions influenced Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire."
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Genre/Form: History
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Pelikan, Jaroslav, 1923-2006.
Excellent empire.
San Francisco : Harper & Row, ©1987
(OCoLC)577342027
Online version:
Pelikan, Jaroslav, 1923-2006.
Excellent empire.
San Francisco : Harper & Row, ©1987
(OCoLC)607918612
Named Person: Edward Gibbon; Edward Gibbon
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jaroslav Pelikan
ISBN: 0062546368 9780062546364
OCLC Number: 16925287
Description: xiii, 133 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Contents: The fall of Rome as historical paradigm --
The social triumph of barbarism and religion --
History as divine apocalypse --
The register of human follies, crimes, and misfortunes --
The founding of the Christian empire --
The inevitable effect of immoderate greatness --
The terrestrial glory of an excellent empire --
The inestimable gifts of Roman civilization.
Series Title: Rauschenbusch lectures, new ser., 1.
Responsibility: Jaroslav Pelikán.

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The author "traces the various responses to the fall of Rome by the Church fathers. ... Pelikan first summarizes contemporary patristic reactions to the decline of Rome. He then focuses on how those reactions influenced Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire."

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