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Eusebius and Empire
Constructing Church and Rome in the Ecclesiastical History

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  • Date Published: February 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108474078
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  • Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History, written in the early fourth century, continues to serve as our primary gateway to a crucial three hundred year period: the rise of early Christianity under the Roman Empire. In this volume, James Corke-Webster undertakes the first systematic study considering the History in the light of its fourth-century circumstances as well as its author's personal history, intellectual commitments, and literary abilities. He argues that the Ecclesiastical History is not simply an attempt to record the past history of Christianity, but a sophisticated mission statement that uses events and individuals from that past to mould a new vision of Christianity tailored to Eusebius' fourth-century context. He presents elite Graeco-Roman Christians with a picture of their faith that smooths off its rough edges and misrepresents its size, extent, nature, and relationship to Rome. Ultimately, Eusebius suggests that Christianity was - and always had been - the Empire's natural heir.

    • Presents a radical new reading of our main narrative source for early Christianity
    • Explores how Christian history was rewritten in the fourth century to suit its changing circumstances in the Roman Empire
    • Fundamentally re-assesses our view of the literary ability of Eusebius and so makes an important contribution to the study of early fourth-century literary culture
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    ‘... this award-winning monograph is a tour-de-force. It builds upon previous generations of scholarship while charting a new and intriguing direction in approach to the EH. It takes Eusebius seriously as an innovative literary genius capable of the sophisticated argument that Corke-Webster meticulously extracts from the EH.’ Mark DelCogliano, Studies in Late Antiquity

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    21st May 2019 by Iuliu

    Linked with the destiny of his author, this book is an important contribution to the investigation of Church history and it will be for sure useful not only for the Christian thinkers, but also for historians and for all the readers who want to find more about the way how Christianity changed the world. Extract from: Iuliu-Marius Morariu, James Corke-Webster, Eusebius and Empire. Constructing Church and Rome in the Ecclesiastical History, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2019, 345 pp., in Anuario de Historia de la Iglesia, vol. 28, Navarra, 2019, pp. 530-531.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108474078
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Eusebius, of Caesarea
    2. The Ecclesiastical History
    Part II:
    3. Christian intellectuals
    4. Christian ascetics
    5. Christian families
    6. Christian martyrs
    Part III:
    7. The Church
    8. The Church and Rome.

  • Author

    James Corke-Webster, King's College London
    James Corke-Webster is Lecturer in Roman History at King's College London. His work focuses on early Christian and late antique history and literature. As well as a series of articles on Eusebius, he has published on early Christian experience under Rome - in particular the Pliny–Trajan correspondence on the Christians - martyr literature, apologetic writings, and early hagiography.

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