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    Description'There is no crime for those who have Christ', claimed a fifth-century zealot, neatly expressing the belief of religious extremists that righteous zeal for God trumps worldly law. This book provides an in-depth and penetrating look at religious violence and the attitudes that drove it in the Christian Roman Empire of the fourth and fifth centuries, a unique period shaped by the marriage of Christian ideology and Roman imperial power. Drawing together materials spanning a wide chronological and geographical range, Gaddis asks what religious conflict meant to those involved, both perpetrators and victims, and how violence was experienced, represented, justified, or contested. His innovative analysis reveals how various groups employed the language of religious violence to construct their own identities, to undermine the legitimacy of their rivals, and to advance themselves in the competitive and high-stakes process of Christianizing the Roman Empire. Gaddis pursues case studies and themes including martyrdom and persecution, the Donatist controversy and other sectarian conflicts, zealous monks' assaults on pagan temples, the tyrannical behavior of powerful bishops, and the intrigues of church councils. In addition to illuminating a core issue of late antiquity, this book also sheds light on thematic and comparative dimensions of religious violence in other times, including our own.


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    Title
    There is No Crime for Those Who Have Christ
    Subtitle
    Religious Violence in the Christian Roman Empire
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Gaddis
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 410
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520241046
    ISBN 10: 0520241045
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.0
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15440
    B&T General Subject: 690
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRCC2
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY, CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000, HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: REL070000
    ECPA Christian Book Category: CHMCHLCHS
    Ingram Subject Code: RLVH
    Libri: I-RLVH
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 270.2
    BIC subject category V2: 3D
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    LC classification: BR1604.23 .G33 2005, 2005005288
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRAX, NHDA
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    14 October 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Michael Gaddis is Associate Professor of History at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
    Review quote
    "An extremely interesting, stimulating, and very useful book. Though a prevalent theme in the ancient authors that has been studied on occasion, Christian violence has had to wait until now for a systematic treatment."
    Back cover copy
    "This is an extremely interesting, stimulating and very useful book. Gaddis has succeeded in drawing together a wide geographic and chronological range of materials to give a nuanced and comprehensive picture. Though a prevalent theme in the ancient authors that has been studied on occasion, Christian violence has had to wait until now for a systematic treatment."--Susanna Elm, author of "Virgins of God: The Making of Asceticism in Late Antiquity
    Table of contents
    Preface and Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Introduction 1. What Has the Emperor to Do with the Church?" Persecution and Martyrdom from Diocletian to Constantine 2. The God of the Martyrs Refuses You": Religious Violence, Political Discourse, and Christian Identity in the Century after Constantine 3. An Eye for an Eye: Religious Violence in Donatist Africa 4. Temperata Severitas: Augustine, the State, and Disciplinary Violence 5. There Is No Crime for Those Who Have Christ": Holy Men and Holy Violence in the Late Fourth and Early Fifth Centuries 6. The Monks Commit Many Crimes": Holy Violence Contested 7. Sanctify Thy Hand by the Blow": Problematizing Episcopal Power 8. Non Iudicium sed Latrocinium: Of Holy Synods and Robber Councils Conclusion Bibliography Index