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Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.

A Reader

Edited by Bart D. Ehrman and Andrew S. Jacobs

Publication Date - September 2003

ISBN: 9780195154610

528 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader collects primary sources of the early Christian world, from the last "Great Persecution" under the Emperor Diocletian to the Council of Chalcedon in the mid-fifth century. During this period Christianity rose to prominence in the Roman Empire, developed new notions of sanctity and heresy, and spread beyond the Mediterranean world. This reader incorporates standard texts--from authors such as Athanasius, Augustine, and Eusebius--in the most recent translations and also includes less familiar texts, some of which appear in English translation for the first time. Presented in their entirety or in long excerpts, the texts are arranged thematically and cover such topics as orthodoxy, conversion, asceticism, and art and architecture. The editors provide introductions for each chapter, text, and image, situating the selections historically, geographically, and intellectually.
Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader highlights the ways in which religion and culture were mutually transformed during this crucial historical period. Ideal for courses in Early Christianity, Christianity in Late Antiquity, and History of Christianity, this reader is an excellent companion to Bart D. Ehrman's After the New Testament (OUP, 1998) and an exceptional resource for scholars.

Table of Contents

    Time Line
    1. General Introduction
    2. The End of Persecution
    1. The Acts of Saint Felix
    2. Lactantius: The Death of the Persecutors
    3. Christianity and the Imperial House
    3. The Origin of Constantine
    4. Eusebius: The Life of Constantine
    5. Zosimus: The New History
    6. Julian: Letters on Religion
    7. Ephraim: Hymns Against Julian
    8. Ambrose: On the Death of Theodosius
    Christianity and Roman Law
    9. Theodosian Code: On Religion
    10. The Novellas
    5. Becoming a Christian
    11. Augustine: Confessions
    12. Sulpicius Severus: The Life of Saint Martin
    13. Severus of Minorca: Letter on the Conversion of the Jews
    Catechesis and Initiation
    14. Augustine: On Catechizing the Unlearned
    15. John Chrysostom: Second Baptismal Instruction
    6. Christian Leadership
    16. Canons of Hippolytus
    17. Testament of the Lord
    18. Gregory of Nazianzus: On Himself and the Bishops
    19. Aphrahat: Demonstration 10: On Pastors
    7. Heresy and Orthodoxy
    Trinitarian Controversy
    20. Arius: Thalia
    21. Alexander of Alexandria: Letter to Alexander of Constantinople
    22. Arius: Letter to Alexander of Alexandria
    23. Gregory of Nazianzus: Third Theological Oration
    Christological Controversy
    24. Nestorius: Letter to Cyril of Alexandria
    25. Cyril of Alexandria: Third Letter to Nestorius
    The Nature of Humanity
    26. Athanasius: On the Incarnation of the Word
    27. Jerome: Letter to Ctesiphon (Against Pelagius)
    The Nature of the Church
    28. Optatus: Against the Donatists
    29. Augustine: Sermon on the Dispute with the Donatists
    Judaizing Heresies
    30. John Chrysostom: First Speech Against the Judaizers
    31. Epiphanius: Medicine Chest Against Heresies: The Nazoraeans
    8. Canons and Creeds
    32. Canons of Elvira
    33. Creed and Canons of Nicaea
    34. Creed and Canons of Constantinople
    35. Canons of Ephesus
    36. Definition and Canons of Chalcedon
    9. Asceticism and Monasticism
    37. Jerome: Letter to Eustochium
    38. Pachomian Rules
    39. Sayings of the Desert Fathers
    40. Antony: Letters
    41. Aphrahat: Demonstration 6: On Covenanters
    10. PIlgrims, Relics, and Holy Places
    42. Egeria: Travel Journal
    43. Gregory of Nyssa: Letter on Pilgrimage
    44. Victricius of Rouen: In Praise of the Saints
    45. Lucianus: On the Discovery of Saint Stephen
    11. Saints' Lives
    46. Athanasius: Life of Antony
    47. Theodoret: Religious History
    48. History of the Monks of Egypt
    49. The Life of Pelagia
    12. The Christian Bible
    Canon and Apocrypha
    50. Eusebius: Church History
    51. Athanasius: Easter Letter 39
    52. Priscillian: On Faith and Apocrypha
    53. Augustine: On Christian Doctrine
    Biblical Interpretation
    54. Tyconius: Book of Rules
    55. Diodore of Tarsus: Commentary on Psalms
    56. Gregory of Nyssa: Homilies on the Song of Songs
    13. Christian Art and Architecture
    57. Paulinus of Nola: Song on Felix's Church
    58. Christian Art in Late Antiquity
    14. Christianity Outside the Roman Empire
    59. Sozomen: Church History
    60. Acts of the Persian Martyrs
    61. Passion of Saint Shushanik