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The making of a Christian empire : Lactantius & Rome

Author: Elizabeth DePalma Digeser
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The work of the Christian scholar Lactantius provides an ideal lens through which to study how Rome became a Christian empire. Elizabeth DePalma Digeser shows how Lactantius's Divine Institutes - seditious in its time - responded to the emperor Diocletian's persecution and then became an important influence on Constantine the Great, Rome's first Christian emperor." "The Making of a Christian Empire is the first  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Lactantius; Lactantius; Lactance; Lactance; Lactantius; LÚcio CÉlio Firmiano LactÂncio; Lactance (0245?-0323?).
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth DePalma Digeser
ISBN: 0801435943 9780801435942 9780801477874 0801477875
OCLC Number: 41452577
Description: xv, 199 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue: Nicomedia: Winter 302-303 --
Conceptions of Monotheism --
Lactantius's Response --
Ch. 1. Defying the Dominate --
The Crumbling Principate: The Transformation of the Emperor --
Diocletian's Dominate: A New Style of Rule --
Lactantius's Criticisms of the Dominate --
Lactantius's Solution: A Return to the Principate --
Ch. 2. Prosecuting the Jurists --
Bringing the Provinces under Roman Law --
The Tetrarchy's Drive for Legal Uniformity --
Harmonizing Roman and Christian Law: Lactantius's Ideal State --
Ch. 3. Persuading the Philosophers --
Hermes Trismegistus: Plato's Ancient Source --
Bridging the Gap between Philosophical Monotheism and Christianity --
An Inclusive Christianity --
Ch. 4. Forging Forbearance --
Porphyry as Lactantius's Anonymous Philosopher --
Lactantius's Familiarity with the Philosophy from Oracles --
The Issue of Tolerance --
Tolerance versus Concord --
Ch. 5. Constantine and the New Rome --
Constantine and the Question of Tolerance --
Constantine's Religious Policy --
Sole Rule --
Lactantius and Constantine: A Policy of Concord --
Transforming the Constitution.
Responsibility: Elizabeth DePalma Digeser.

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