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    DescriptionHistorians who viewed imperial Rome in terms of a conflict between pagans and Christians have often regarded the emperor Constantine's conversion as the triumph of Christianity over paganism. But in Constantine and the Bishops, historian H. A. Drake offers a fresh and more nuanced understanding of Constantine's rule and, especially, of his relations with Christians. Constantine, Drake suggests, was looking not only for a god in whom to believe but also a policy he could adopt. Uncovering the political motivations behind Constantine's policies, Drake shows how those policies were constructed to ensure the stability of the empire and fulfill Constantine's imperial duty in securing the favor of heaven. Despite the emperor's conversion to Christianity, Drake concludes, Rome remained a world filled with gods and with men seeking to depose rivals from power. A book for students and scholars of ancient history and religion, Constantine and the Bishops shows how Christian belief motivated and gave shape to imperial rule.


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    Title
    Constantine and the Bishops
    Subtitle
    The Politics of Intolerance
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) H.A. Drake
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 632
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 748 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801871047
    ISBN 10: 0801871042
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HRC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25440
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC subject category V2: HRLK
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000, HIS002020
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC21: 270.2092
    DC22: 270.2092
    BISAC V2.8: POL000000
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAR
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REL000000
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    Thema V1.0: QRM, NHD, NHC, QRVK
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    17 September 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    H. A. Drake is a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
    Review quote
    A refreshingly original and powerfully argued re-conception of the issues and the forces at work in this period of the conversion not of Constantine, but of Christianity... With laser-keen insight, bold thinking, and also a large measure of wry humor, Drake has presented a plausible and powerful interpretation of this formative moment in Western history... A riveting story, and masterfully told. Anyone who rejoices in our Founding Fathers' constitutional conviction that church must be kept separate from state will read Constantine and the Bishops with deepest appreciation; and perhaps those who long for the opposite should read it, too. The lessons of late antiquity remain pertinent, alas, to the politics of religion in our own day. -- Paula Fredriksen New Republic If you read one book on late antiquity this year, read this one. If you read one book on politics this year, read this one again... A work of visionary brilliance. Virginia Quarterly Review The strength of this work is Drake's skillful use of a wide range of scholarship... This is a stimulating book, with a persuasive thesis. -- Nathan Howard Journal of Church and State In its scholarship and size Constantine and the Bishops is clearly a work to benefit scholars, but the clarity of its explanations make it accessible to the enterprising undergraduate as well. -- Ronald J. Weber History: Reviews of New Books Compelling... His overarching thesis provides a persuasive new paradigm. -- David Brakke Journal of Religion A well organized, well documented, and well written study. -- Richard A. Lebrun H-Catholic, H-Net Reviews This is a learned, broadly based, and carefully elaborated argument. It is also racily written, interesting, and hard to put down. -- Stuart G. Hall Journal of Theological Studies A thoughtful and erudite book that breaks the mold... A powerful study with a strong, coherent thesis, Constantine and the Bishops is animated by a fresh vision of the early fourth century. It skillfully incorporates major historical themes in unexpected and rewarding ways. -- Richard Lim Speculum
    Table of contents
    Contents: Preliminaries Contstantinople 335 AD The Game of Empire The Church Becomes a Player Opportunities The Old Guard Changes In Search of a Vision Building a Coalition Consequences Consensus Politics Controlling the Message Controlling the Agenda Unintended Consequences The Fine Print Power Players Milan, 390