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Sacred and Secular

Studies on Augustine and Latin Christianity, 1st Edition

By Robert A. Markus


336 pages

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This collection brings together a set of studies on the notions of the sacred and the secular held by early Christian writers, especially Augustine and Gregory the Great, and on their relationships in actual practice in Late Antiquity. Problems of heresy and orthodoxy in Latin Christianity, especially in the context of the Pelagian controversy, are discussed in this intellectual context and impact of his thought are also included.


'This splendid collection brings together papers on society, history, politics, and theology in late antiquity which all betray Professor Markus’ rare gift for integrating these disciplines in a manner which allows his subject to be seen from an original and illuminating perspective.' Journal of Theological Studies

Table of Contents

Contents: The Latin Fathers; The sacred and the secular: from Augustine to Gregory the Great; De ciuitate dei: pride and the common good; Refusing to bless the state: prophetic Church and secular state; Saint Augustine’s views on the ’just war’; The end of the Roman empire: a note on Eugippius; Justinian’s ecclesiastical politics and the Western Church; Gregory the Great on Kings: rulers and preachers in the Commentary on I Kings; Pelagianism: Britain and the continent; Chronicle and theology: Prosper of Aquitaine; The legacy of Pelagius: orthodoxy, heresy and conciliation; From Caesarius to Boniface: Christianity and paganism in Gaul; The problem of ’Donatism’ in the 6th century; Saint Augustine on signs; Alienatio: philosophy and eschatology in the development of an Augustine idea; Imago and similitudo in Augustine; The eclipse of a neo-platonic theme: Augustine and Gregory the Great on visions and prophecies; Conversion and disenchantment in Augustine’s spiritual career; Augustine’s Confessions and the controversy with Julian of Eclanum: Manicheism revisited; Index.

About the Series

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.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

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HISTORY / General