The Making Of A Christian Empire: Lactantius And Rome by Elizabeth DePalma DigeserThe Making Of A Christian Empire: Lactantius And Rome by Elizabeth DePalma Digeser

The Making Of A Christian Empire: Lactantius And Rome

byElizabeth DePalma Digeser

Paperback | April 20, 2012

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The work of the Christian scholar Lactantius provides an ideal lens through which to study how Rome became a Christian empire. Elizabeth DePalma Digeser shows how Lactantius' Divine Institutes—seditious in its time—responded to the emperor Diocletian's persecution and then became an important influence on Constantine the Great, Rome's first Christian emperor.The Making of a Christian Empire is the first full-length book to interpret the Divine Institutes as a historical source. Exploring Lactantius' use of theology, philosophy, and rhetorical techniques, Digeser perceives the Divine Institutes as a sophisticated proposal for a monotheistic state that intimately connected the religious policies of Diocletian and Constantine, both of whom used religion to fortify and unite the Roman Empire. For Digeser, Lactantius' writings justify Constantine's own attitude of tolerance toward pagans and casts light upon other puzzling features of Constantine's religious policy. Her book contributes importantly to an understanding of the political and religious tensions of the early fourth century.
Elizabeth DePalma Digeser is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of The Making of a Christian Empire: Lactantius and Rome and A Threat to Public Piety: Christians, Platonists, and the Great Persecution.
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Title:The Making Of A Christian Empire: Lactantius And RomeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.27 inPublished:April 20, 2012Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801477875

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"The Making of a Christian Empire is an important, convincing book for students of Roman and Medieval history, church history, and political theology....It might even arouse controversy."—R. M. Grant, University of Chicago Divinity School