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Studies on Ancient Christianity

1st Edition

By Henry Chadwick


408 pages

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pub: 2006-03-28
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This third collection of articles by Henry Chadwick brings together a series of studies on Augustine, written in light of the new texts now available, and on other individual Christian authors of antiquity, in other words of the age when Christianity was acquiring its now familiar shape. A number of papers published here appear in print for the first time, or make accessible to English readers studies which first saw the light in German. These include a substantial discussion of the idea of conscience, important in the highly ethical context of early Christianity, and a study of ancient anthologies, and are complemented by other essays on general themes in the history of the early Church.


’The breadth and confidence of Chadwick's scholarship are as striking as ever, and the text is enlivened by contemporary asides.’ Church Times

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Bishops and monks; The Gospel a republication of natural religion in Justin Martyr; Christian and Roman universalism in the 4th century; The authorship of Egerton papyrus no. 3; Origen, Celsus and the resurrection of the body; Donatism and the Confessions of Augustine; On re-reading the Confessions; Augustine and Almachius; History and symbolism in the garden at Milan; New sermons of St Augustine; Providence and the problem of evil in Augustine; Self-justification in Augustine's Confessions; Augustine's ethics; The mind of Olympiodorus, Deacon of Alexandria; Gregory the Great and the mission to the Anglo-Saxons; Review article on the Sixth Council; Symbol and reality: Berengar and the appeal to the Fathers; Theodore of Tarsus and monotheletism; Some ancient anthologies and florilegia, pagan and Christian; Conscience in ancient thought; Humanity in ancient writers, pagan and Christian; The originality of early Christian ethics; Disagreement and the ancient Church; The calendar: sanctification of time; Index.

About the Author

Henry Chadwick is Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, UK

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. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General