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Constantine and the captive Christians of Persia : martyrdom and religious identity in Late Antiquity

Author: Kyle Smith
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, ©2016.
Series: Transformation of the classical heritage, 57.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book demonstrates that the history of Christianity in the fourth century has been written mainly on the basis of Greek ecclesiastical histories and Syriac martyrdom narratives that date to decades, even centuries, after the fact. By closely analyzing these sources--which often exhibit conflicting religious, political, and hagiographical agendas--an evolving portrait of the first Christian emperor begins to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Named Person: Constantin, empereur romain; Constantin, (empereur romain ;; Constantine, (Emperor of Rome ;; Constantin, (empereur romain ;
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kyle Smith
ISBN: 9780520289604 0520289609
OCLC Number: 946929650
Description: 1 v. (XXI-231 p.) : cartes. ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Constantine and the writing of fourth-century history --
Patronizing Persians: Constantine's Letter to Shapur II --
Constantine's crusade: the emperor's last days and the Persian campaign --
Rereading Nisibis: narrating the battle for Roman Mesopotamia --
On war and persecution: Aphrahat the Persian sage and the martyrdom and history of Blessed Simeon bar Sabbae --
The church of the East and the territorialization of Christianity --
Memories of Constantine in the Acts of the Persian Martyrs --
Appendix 1: Constantine's Letter to Shapur II (Euseb. VC IV. 8-14) --
Appendix 2: Martydom of the captives of Beth Zabdai --
Appendix 3: Martyrdom of Abbot Barshebya, ten fellow brothers, and one magus
Series Title: Transformation of the classical heritage, 57.
Responsibility: Kyle Smith.
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Analyzes diverse Greek, Latin, and Syriac sources to show that there was not a single history of fourth-century Mesopotamia. By examining the conflicting hagiographical and historical evidence, this  Read more...

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