Ambrose and John Chrysostom: Clerics between Desert and Empire

Hardcover | April 24, 2011

byJ. H. W. G. Liebeschuetz

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J. H. W. G. Liebeschuetz compares the personalities and the respective careers of two of the greatest of the early Christian Fathers, Ambrose and John Chrysostom. While the statesmanlike Ambrose ended his life as a pillar of the Western establishment, Chrysostom, the outspoken idealist, diedin exile. However, their views and ideals were remarakably similar: both bishops were concerned with the social role of the Church, both were determined opponents of what they called the Arian heresy, and each attracted a dedicated following among his urban congregation. This similarity,Liebeschuetz argues, was due not to the influence of one on the other, but was a consequence of their participation in a Christian culture which spanned the divide between the Eastern (later Byzantine) and Western parts of the Roman Empire. The monastic movement figures throughout the book as animportant influence on both men and as perhaps the most dynamic development in the Christian culture of the fourth century.

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J. H. W. G. Liebeschuetz compares the personalities and the respective careers of two of the greatest of the early Christian Fathers, Ambrose and John Chrysostom. While the statesmanlike Ambrose ended his life as a pillar of the Western establishment, Chrysostom, the outspoken idealist, diedin exile. However, their views and ideals wer...

J.H.W.G. Liebeschuetz is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:April 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Background and Forerunners1. The classical roots of Christian asceticism2. The classical roots of Christian outspokennessII. Ambrose3. Ambrose, writer and preacher4. Early thoughts of Ambrose on the position of the emperor and the duties of the clergy5. Ambrose in actionIII. Chrysostom6. Asceticism in Syria and Mesopotamia7. The sources for the early life of Chrysostom8. The early life of Chrysostom9. Chrysostom: early writings10. Chrysostom, from monk to priest: the De sacerdotio11. Chrysostom preaches on women and marriage12. Chrysostom, priest and teacher: asceticism for all13. Chrysostom's attitude to the classical city14. Chrysostom's views on Church and State15. Chrysostom's relations with the imperial courtIV. Conclusion16. Ambrose and Chrysostom compared17. The influence of Ambrose and Chrysostom