Christianity and the Roman Empire

Christianity and the Roman Empire

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The rise of Christianity during the first four centuries of the common era was the pivotal development in Western history and profoundly influenced the later direction of all world history. Yet, for all that has been written on early Christian history, the primary sources for this history are widely scattered, difficult to find, and generally unknown to lay persons and to historians not specially trained in the field. In Christianity and the Roman Empire Ralph Novak interweaves these primary sources with a narrative text and constructs a single continuous account of these crucial centuries. The primary sources are selected to emphasize the manner in which the government and the people of the Roman Empire perceived Christians socially and politically; the ways in which these perceptions influenced the treatment of Christians within the Roman Empire; and the manner in which Christians established their political and religious dominance of the Roman Empire after Constantine the Great came to power in the early fourth century CE. Ralph Martin Novak holds a Masters Degree in Roman History from the University of Chicago.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Continuum International Publishing Group - Trinity
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1563383470
  • 9781563383472
  • 2,027,014

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"Primary sources for the history of the first four centuries of Christianity within the context of the Roman world are difficult to find, widely scattered, and general unknown outside of a specialized cadre of scholarship. Now Ralph Novak interweaves these primary sources with a narrative text in Christianity and The Roman Empire: Background Texts that provides the reader with a single, continuous account of these crucial first centuries of Christianity s development. Through the use of primary sources, Novak shows how the government and people of Rome perceived the treatment of Christians within the empire, as well as the manner in which Christians established their political and religious dominance after Constantine the Great came to power. Christianity and The Roman Empire is a superbly researched, written and presented contribution to the study of early Christian history during the first four centuries of the Common Era." Thomas G. Whelan, reviewing for Internet Book Watch, May 2001--Sanford Lakoff "Midwest Book Review "

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About Novak

Ralph Martin Novak holds a Masters Degree in Roman History from the University of Chicago.

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