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Church and Society in Late Antique Italy and Beyond

1st Edition

By Claire Sotinel


340 pages

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The papers presented here explore in various ways the interactions between clerics and the society in which Christian churches put down roots in Late Antiquity. Some of these complex processes, involved in the christianization of the Late Roman world, form the theme of the first three sections. Amongst other aspects, the essays in these sections examine the Three Chapters controversy and the participation of lay and clerical protagonists in it, the social standing of Italian bishops (including their use of lay personnel and their economic impact), and a comparison of pagan and Christian places of worship. The essays included in the last section deal with communication in Late Antiquity. They present the first results of a long-term project on the changing role of information during the last centuries of the Roman world. Eight papers in the volume are published in English for the first time.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Part 1 Three Chapters: Pontifical authority and imperial power in the reign of Justinian: pope Virgilius; Arator, un poète au service de la politique du pape Vigile?; Vigilius in the Liber Pontificalis: a memory lost, or manipulated?; Le rôle des expertises dans les débats théologiques du VIe siècle; Council, emperor and bishops: authority and orthodoxy in the 3 Chapters controversy. Part 2 Bishops and Elites in Late Roman Italy: Le recrutement des évêques en Italie aux IVe and Ve siècles. essai d' enquête prosopographique. The bishop's men: episcopal power in the city; The bishops of Italy in late antique society: a new elite?; The Christian gift and its impact in late antiquity. Part 3 Sacred Places in the Late Roman Empire: Locus orationis ou domus Dei? Le témoignage de Zénon de Vérone sur l'évolution des églises (tractatus II, 6); The end of pagan holy places in the West: problems and method; Places of Christian worship and their sacralization in late antiquity; Chronologie, topographie, histoire: quelques hypothèses sur S. Felix in Pincis, église disparue. Part 4 Organization and Communication in Ancient Christianity: La circulation de l'information dans les églises; The Church in the Roman Empire: changes without reform and reforms without change; How were bishops informed? Information transmission across the Adriatic Sea in late antiquity; Index.

About the Author

Claire Sotinel is Professor of Roman History, Université Paris Est-Créteil, France

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Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

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HISTORY / General