By Jeremy M. Schott
In Christianity, Empire, and the Making of faith in past due Antiquity, Jeremy M. Schott examines the ways that conflicts among Christian and pagan intellectuals over non secular, ethnic, and cultural identification contributed to the transformation of Roman imperial rhetoric and beliefs within the early fourth century C.E. in this turbulent interval, which all started with Diocletian's persecution of the Christians and ended with Constantine's assumption of sole rule and the consolidation of a brand new Christian empire, Christian apologists and anti-Christian polemicists introduced a few literary salvos in a conflict for the minds and souls of the empire.
Schott specializes in the works of the Platonist thinker and anti- Christian polemicist Porphyry of Tyre and his Christian respondents: the Latin rhetorician Lactantius, Eusebius, bishop of Caesarea, and the emperor Constantine. earlier scholarship has tended to relate the Christianization of the empire by way of a brand new religion's penetration and conquest of classical tradition and society. the current paintings, against this, seeks to droop the static, essentializing conceptualizations of non secular id that lie in the back of many experiences of social and political swap in overdue antiquity so one can examine the methods in which Christian and pagan identities have been developed. Drawing at the insights of postcolonial discourse research, Schott argues that the creation of Christian identification and, in flip, the development of a Christian imperial discourse have been in detail and inseparably associated with the wider politics of Roman imperialism.
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Christianity, Empire, and the Making of Religion in Late Antiquity (Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion) by Jeremy M. Schott