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Cyprian and Roman Carthage

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  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521515474

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  • Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus believed fervently that his conversion experience had been a passage from the darkness of the world of Graeco Roman paganism to his new vision of Christianity. But Cyprian's response as bishop to the Decian persecution was to be informed by the pagan culture that he had rejected so completely. His view of church order also owed much to Roman jurisprudential principles of legitimate authority exercised within a sacred boundary spatially and geographically defined. Given the highly fragmented state of pagan sources for this period, Cyprian is often the only really contemporary primary source for the events through which he lived. In this book, Allen Brent seeks to contribute both to our understanding of Roman history in the mid-third century as well as the enduring model of church order that developed in that period.

    • Traces the origin of Cyprian's model of church order back to his education in Roman jurisprudence
    • Interprets an historiography of decline and renewal in terms of a Stoic eschatology which the participants in the history of the third century used to interpret political change and catastrophe
    • Makes extensive use of inscriptions, coinage, and material artefacts to interpret Cyprian's letters and treaties
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521515474
    • length: 382 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 31 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Cyprian's life and controversies
    2. Cyprian's background in Roman Carthage
    3. Historiography in the age of Decius
    4. Decius' religious policy and political rhetoric
    5. The Decian persecution
    6. The church of the martyrs
    7. Stephen's challenge to the sacramentum unitatis
    8. A final postscript: Cyprian's legacy.

  • Author

    Allen Brent, University of Cambridge
    Allen Brent is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He has published many books on the history of Christianity, most recently A Political History of Early Christianity (2009).

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