Pagan City and Christian Capital: Rome in the Fourth Century

Paperback | July 15, 2002

byJohn R Curran

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The critical century between the arrival of Constantine and the advance of Alaric in the early fifth century witnessed dramatic changes in the city of Rome. In this book Dr Curran has broken away from the usual notions of religious conflict between Christians and pagans, to focus on a numberof approaches to the Christianization of Rome. He surveys the laws and political considerations which governed the building policy of Constantine and his successors, the effect of papal building and commemorative constructions on Roman topography, the continuing ambivalence of the Roman festalcalendar, and the conflict between Christians over asceticism and 'real' Christianity. Thus using analytical, literary, and legal evidence Dr Curran explains the way in which the landscape, civic life, and moral values of Rome were transformed by complex and sometimes paradoxical forces, laying thefoundation for the capital of medieval Christendom. Through a study of Rome as a city Dr Curran explores the rise of Christianity and the decline of paganism in the later Roman empire.

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The critical century between the arrival of Constantine and the advance of Alaric in the early fifth century witnessed dramatic changes in the city of Rome. In this book Dr Curran has broken away from the usual notions of religious conflict between Christians and pagans, to focus on a numberof approaches to the Christianization of Rome...

John Curran is Lecturer in the School of Classics and Ancient History, Queen's University, Belfast
Format:PaperbackDimensions:389 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.86 inPublished:July 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199254206

ISBN - 13:9780199254200

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Topography1. Emperors, Gods, and Violence in Third-Century Rome2. Conservator Urbis: Maxentius in Rome3. Constantine and Rome: The Context of Innovation4. The Christianization of the Topography of Rome, AD 337-384Part 2: Society5. The Legal Standing of the Ancient Cults of Rome6. Paganism, Christianity, and the Imperial Celebrations in the Circus Maximus during the Fourth Century7. Jerome, Asceticism, and the Roman Aristocracy, AD 340-410Towards an understanding of 'Christianization' in Rome

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`Review from previous edition a welcome addition to this distinguished series ... the author has new insights to offer in every chapter ... an impressive achievement, a work of great learning and meticulous documentation yet never dull and always readable ... Curran's excellent catalogue anddiscussion of the bishop's buildings is (therefore) of special value and interest ... excellent chapter on paganism, Christianity and the Circus Maximus'Fred S.Kleiner, Bryn Mawr Classical Review