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    DescriptionChristianity, Empire, and the Making of Religion in Late Antiquity Jeremy M. Schott "Jeremy M. Schott has done a masterful job of elucidating the points of connection--even debate--between Porphyry of Tyre, Lactantius, Constantine, and Eusebius. These men were the most prominent participants in the conversations, debates, and policies that guided Rome's transformations from pagan to Christian state. How their ideas respond to one another has, until now, not been satisfactorily mapped out."--Elizabeth Digeser, University of California, Santa Barbara In Christianity, Empire, and the Making of Religion in Late Antiquity, Jeremy M. Schott examines the ways in which conflicts between Christian and pagan intellectuals over religious, ethnic, and cultural identity contributed to the transformation of Roman imperial rhetoric and ideology in the early fourth century C.E. During this turbulent period, which began with Diocletian's persecution of the Christians and ended with Constantine's assumption of sole rule and the consolidation of a new Christian empire, Christian apologists and anti-Christian polemicists launched a number of literary salvos in a battle for the minds and souls of the empire. Schott focuses on the works of the Platonist philosopher and anti- Christian polemicist Porphyry of Tyre and his Christian respondents: the Latin rhetorician Lactantius, Eusebius, bishop of Caesarea, and the emperor Constantine. Previous scholarship has tended to narrate the Christianization of the empire in terms of a new religion's penetration and conquest of classical culture and society. The present work, in contrast, seeks to suspend the static, essentializing conceptualizations of religious identity that lie behind many studies of social and political change in late antiquity in order to investigate the processes through which Christian and pagan identities were constructed. Drawing on the insights of postcolonial discourse analysis, Schott argues that the production of Christian identity and, in turn, the construction of a Christian imperial discourse were intimately and inseparably linked to the broader politics of Roman imperialism. Jeremy M. Schott teaches religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion 2008 | 272 pages | 6 x 9 ISBN 978-0-8122-4092-4 | Cloth | $65.00s | GBP42.50 ISBN 978-0-8122-0346-2 | Ebook | $65.00s | GBP42.50 World Rights | History, Religion Short copy: In Christianity, Empire, and the Making of Religion in Late Antiquity, Jeremy M. Schott examines the ways in which conflicts between Christian and pagan intellectuals over religious, ethnic, and cultural identity contributed to the transformation of Roman imperial rhetoric and ideology in the early fourth century C.E.


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    Title
    Christianity, Empire, and the Making of Religion in Late Antiquity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jeremy M. Schott
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780812240924
    ISBN 10: 0812240928
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.4
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRCC2
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000, HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    DC22: 270.1
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: BR165 .S398 2008
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRAX
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    University of Pennsylvania Press
    Imprint name
    University of Pennsylvania Press
    Publication date
    01 July 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Pennsylvania
    Author Information
    Jeremy M. Schott teaches religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
    Review quote
    "Jeremy M. Schott has done a masterful job of elucidating the points of connection-even debate-between Porphyry of Tyre, Lactantius, Constantine, and Eusebius. These men were the most prominent participants in the conversations, debates, and policies that guided Rome's transformations from pagan to Christian state. How their ideas respond to one another has, until now, not been satisfactorily mapped out."-Elizabeth Digeser, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Table of contents
    Introduction: Identity Politics in the Later Roman Empire Chapter 1. Philosophers, Apologists, and Empire Chapter 2. Porphyry on Greeks, Christians, and Others Chapter 3. Vera Religio and Falsae Religiones: Lactantius's Divine Institutes Chapter 4. What Difference Does an Emperor Make? Apologetics and Imperial Ideology in Constantine's Oration to the Saints and Imperial Letters Chapter 5. From Hebrew Wisdom to Christian Hegemony: Eusebius of Caesarea's Apologetics and Panegyrics Epilogue: Empire's Palimpsest Appendix: Porphyry's Polemics and the Great Persecution List of Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index Acknowledgments