Constantine: Dynasty, Religion and Power in the Later Roman by Timothy D. Barnes

By Timothy D. Barnes

Drawing on contemporary scholarly advances and new facts, Timothy Barnes deals a clean and intriguing learn of Constantine and his lifestyles.

  • First examine of Constantine to use Kevin Wilkinson's re-dating of the poet Palladas to the reign of Constantine, disproving the important scholarly trust that Constantine remained tolerant in concerns of faith to the tip of his reign
  • Clearly units out the issues linked to depictions of Constantine and solutions them with nice clarity
  • Includes Barnes' personal learn into the wedding of Constantine's mom and dad, Constantine's prestige as a crown prince and his father's valid inheritor, and his dynastic plans
  • Honorable point out for 2011 Classics & old background PROSE award granted by means of the organization of yankee Publishers

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Galerius Valerius Maximianus, with the latter modifying his cognomen to Maximianus by adding a single letter in order to make it identical with that of the Augustus Maximian (Lactantius, Mort. Pers. 13). The second suspicious feature of the inscription is that it not merely provides the sole item of ancient evidence for the precise location of the town where Saint Jerome was born, but puts it in the wrong place. The last chapter of Jerome’s work De viris illustribus (On Famous Men) comprises a list of his numerous writings in chronological order down to the year 392, preceded, as are most of his notices of other Christian authors, by brief biographical details (135).

186) and the imperial cult appears to have persisted into the period of Vandal rule, with Vandal kings replacing Roman emperors as the focus of loyalty (Clover 1982). But Constans requires that any ceremonies at Hispellum be purged of ‘the deceits of contagious superstition,’ that is, of sacrifice and other traditional religious rites. Moreover, although imperial funds for building churches had been freely available on request from subordinate officials since 312 in the West and 325 in the East, Constans did not offer to subsidize the building of the new aedes of the Gens Flavia, as the petitioners doubtless expected.

Excellent stable-girl who preferred to be considered manure in order to gain Christ! 7). This passage requires careful exegesis, not least because English cannot reproduce Ambrose’s play on the ambiguity of the Latin word stercus, which means both ‘dung,’ that is, the excrement of cows, sheep and goats, and ‘manure,’ the latter in both English senses of ‘horse droppings’ and of ‘manure used in farming and gardening’ (OLD 1818). ’Without that double meaning Ambrose could not apply the words of the psalmist to Helena’s elevation from her original lowly status to that of Augusta, to which his phrase ad regnum alludes.

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