Christian Persecution, Martyrdom, And Orthodoxy by Geoffrey de Ste. Croix

Christian Persecution, Martyrdom, And Orthodoxy

byGeoffrey de Ste. CroixEditorMichael Whitby, Joseph Streeter

Hardcover | September 28, 2006

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This volume brings together seven seminal papers by the great radical historian Geoffrey de Ste. Croix, who died in 2000, on early Christian topics, with an especial focus on persecution and martyrdom. Christian martyrdom is a topic which conjures up ready images of inhumane persecutorsconfronted by Christian heroes who perish for the instant but win the long-term battle for reputation. In five of these essays Ste. Croix scrutinizes the evidence to reveal the significant role of Christian themselves, first as volunteer martyrs and later, after the triumph of Christianity in theearly fourth century, as organizers of much more effective persecutions. A sixth essay pursues the question of the control of Christianity through a comprehensive study of the context for one of the Church's most important and divisive doctrinal decisions, at the Council of Chalcedon (AD 451); thekey role of the emperor and his senior secular officials is revealed, contrary to the prevailing interpretation of Church historians. Finally the attitudes of the early Church towards property and slavery are reviewed, to show the divide between the Gospel message and actual practice.

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Geoffrey de Ste. Croix was Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at New College, Oxford from 1953 until 1977. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1972. He published Origins of the Peloponnesian War in 1972 and The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World in 1981; the latter book was translated into Spanish and Greek, and ...

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Title:Christian Persecution, Martyrdom, And OrthodoxyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.06 inPublished:September 28, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Joseph Streeter: Introduction. Ste. Croix on Persecution1. Aspects of the `Great' Persecution2. The Fourth Edict in the West and the Date of the Council of Elvira3. Why Were the Early Christians Persecuted?4. Voluntary Martyrdom and the Early Church5. Heresy, Schism, and Persecution in the Later Roman Empire6. G. E. M. de Ste. Croix and Michael Whitby: The Council of Chalcedon7. Early Christian Attitudes to Property and Slavery

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`no serious reader, converted or not, could emerge unimpressed by the sheer command of evidence and calibre of argument on display here [in Chapter 1]. The jewel of the volume.'Bryn Mawr Classical Review