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Soldiering for God : Christianity and the Roman army

Author: John F Shean
Publisher: Leiden, The Netherlands ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
Series: History of warfare, v. 61.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This new study argues that the religious attitude of the Roman army was a crucial factor in the Christianization of the Roman world. Specifically, by the end of the third century, there was a significant Christian presence within the army which was ready to act in the interests of the faith. Conditions at this time were thus ripe for the coming to power of a Christian emperor: when Constantine converted to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John F Shean
ISBN: 9789004187313 9004187316
OCLC Number: 633140648
Description: xviii, 452 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: The warrior's path to God --
Roman army religion --
Christian attitudes toward the Roman state, war, and military service --
Sociology of early Christianity --
Evidence for the presence of Christians in the Roman army --
The thirteenth apostle --
Church and state in the fourth century --
The impact of "barbarization" on the Roman army --
Consequences of convesion.
Series Title: History of warfare, v. 61.
Responsibility: by John F. Shean.

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This book discusses the role of Christians in the Roman military. Constantine's conversion to Christianity led to the accelerated Christianization of the Roman army. The result was the creation of a  Read more...

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