Sons of Hellenism, Fathers of the Church: Emperor Julian, Gregory of Nazianzus, and the Vision of Rome

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University of California Press, 2012 - History - 553 pages
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This groundbreaking study brings into dialogue for the first time the writings of Julian, the last non-Christian Roman Emperor, and his most outspoken critic, Bishop Gregory of Nazianzus, a central figure of Christianity. Susanna Elm compares these two men not to draw out the obvious contrast between the Church and the Emperorís neo-Paganism, but rather to find their common intellectual and social grounding. Her insightful analysis, supplemented by her magisterial command of sources, demonstrates the ways in which both men were part of the same dialectical whole. Elm recasts both Julian and Gregory as men entirely of their times, showing how the Roman Empire in fact provided Christianity with the ideological and social matrix without which its longevity and dynamism would have been inconceivable.
  

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An interesting take on the issues of Hellenism in the Eastern Roman Empire in the AD 350s-360s. Comparing the visions of empire by two figures whose lives intersected and who spoke the common language ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Part one
15
Part two
145
Part three
267
Visions of Rome
479
Bibliography
489
Index
529
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About the author (2012)

Susanna Elm is Professor of History and Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Virgins of God: The Making of Asceticism in Late Antiquity.

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