The Power of Religion in Late Antiquity

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Andrew Cain, Noel Emmanuel Lenski
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 1, 2009 - History - 464 pages
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Late Antiquity witnessed a dramatic recalibration in the economy of power, and nowhere was this more pronounced than in the realm of religion. The transformations that occurred in this pivotal era moved the ancient world into the Middle Ages and forever changed the way that religion was practiced. The twenty eight studies in this volume explore this shift using evidence ranging from Latin poetic texts, to Syriac letter collections, to the iconography of Roman churches and Merowingian mortuary goods.The kaleidoscope of perspectives they provide creates a richly illuminating volume that add a new social and political dimension to current debates about religion in Late Antiquity.
  

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Contents

Religion and the Power of the Word
6
Emperors and the Deployment of Religious Power
8
The Center of Power
13
Fulgentius on Arms and the Man
21
Apocalypse? No The Power of Millennialism and
31
Power Religion and Philosophy
45
The Bible and Boethius Christianity
57
Porphyry Iamblichus and
79
Constantine and the Power of the Cross
215
Celestial Cross Appearances in
237
FourthFifth Centuries
251
Imagining the Capitolium in Late Antiquity
279
Gregory I and
293
How an Arian Barbarian Prospered
307
Ricimer on reverse
323
Gregory of Tours and Arianism
327

Iamblichus on the Theurgic Evocation
93
Reading Religion in Porphyry of Tyre
103
Christian and Imperial Attitudes
119
Imperial Politics at the Court of Theodosius II
133
Justinian and
155
Religion and Power in the Early Thought of John Chrysostom
181
The Power of Penance in
201
found in Burgundy
349
Antioch and the Intersection between Religious Factionalism
357
Ammianus on Power and Religion
383
The Catholicos
397
Bibliography
411
Index
429
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