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Caesarius of Arles
The Making of a Christian Community in Late Antique Gaul

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: February 2011
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  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511881749

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  • This book studies the processes by which the pagan Roman empire was transformed into the Christian middle ages. Drawing on the perspectives of social history, archaeology and anthropology, it focuses on the strategies of Bishop Caesarius of Arles (AD 470–542) to promote Christian values, practices and beliefs among the pagans, Jews and Christians of southern France, and on the resistance provoked by his efforts among the population. This is the first book in English about Caesarius, and the only book to discuss southern Gaul during the sixth century. It examines afresh the crucial years of continuity, disruption, and profound change which followed the end of the Roman empire in the west, and the effects of Caesarius' programme under the later Merovingians and Carolingians.

    • A highly accomplished and original contribution to the study of early Christianisation in Europe
    • Draws upon many disciplines in order to provide a rounded picture of society in southern France of the sixth century
    • Focuses on the reforming figure of Bishop Caesarius who is studied in detail for the first time in English
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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511881749
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. In search of the vita perfecta
    2. Late Roman Arles
    3. The making of a reformer
    4. Visigothic Arles and its bishop
    5. The Ostrogothic peace
    6. Christian rhetoric and ritual action
    7. Christianity as a community religion
    8. The limits of Christianisation
    9. The coming of the Franks
    10. The legacy of Caesarius.

  • Author

    William E. Klingshirn, Catholic University of America, Washington DC

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