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The End of Ancient Christianity

The End of Ancient Christianity


  • Date Published: January 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521339490

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  • This book is concerned with one central historical problem: the nature of the changes that transformed the intellectual and spiritual horizons of the Christian world from its establishment in the fourth century to the end of the sixth. The End of Ancient Christianity examines how Christians, who had formerly constituted a threatened and beleaguered minority, came to define their identity in a changed context of religious respectability in which their faith had become a source of privilege and power.

    • Accessible study of early development of Christianity
    • Offers the social and cultural history of this period of change
    • Markus a leading scholar in the field yet able to write in an accessible style
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    'With careful attention to detail, and with a truly delightful ability to restore the integrity of the past, Professor Markus takes the reader through the uneven processes of change …'. Church Times

    'The appearance of this book, by one of the most distinguished scholars in the field, is an event to be welcomed …'. Journal of Religious History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521339490
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Crisis of Identity:
    1. Introduction
    2. A great multitude no man could number
    3. Conversion and uncertainty
    4. Augustine: a defence of Christian mediocrity
    5. 'Be ye perfect'
    Part II. Kairoi: Christian Times and the Past:
    6. The last times
    7. The martyrs and sacred time
    8. Secular festivals in Christian times?
    9. The christianisation of time
    Part III. Topoi: Space and Community:
    10. Holy places and holy people
    11. City or Desert? Two models of community
    12. Desert and City: a blurring of frontiers
    13. The ascetic invasion
    14. Within sight of the end: retrospect and prospect
    Sources referred to
    Secondary literature referred to

  • Author

    R. A. Markus, University of Nottingham

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