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Published: 19 February 2009

304 Pages


ISBN: 9780199563555

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The Letters of Jerome

Asceticism, Biblical Exegesis, and the Construction of Christian Authority in Late Antiquity

Andrew Cain

Oxford Early Christian Studies

  • A ground-breaking literary-historical study on Jerome's letters
  • Situates Jerome in the Latin letter-writing tradition and his contemporary milieu
  • Re-appraises key phases of Jerome's career, including his expulsion from Rome in 385
  • Sheds significant new light on manufactured religious and intellectual authority in late antiquity
  • Draws from a broad range of literary, historical, prospographical, legal, and religious sources