The End of Ancient Christianity
This book is concerned with one central historical problem: the nature of the changes that transformed the intellectual and spiritual horizons of the Christian world from its establishment in the fourth century to the end of the sixth. The End of Ancient Christianity examines how Christians, who had formerly constituted a threatened and beleaguered minority, came to define their identity in a changed context of religious respectability in which their faith had become a source of privilege and power.
- Online resource
- 05 Jun 2012
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
'With careful attention to detail, and with a truly delightful ability to restore the integrity of the past, Professor Markus takes the reader through the uneven processes of change ...'. Church Times 'The appearance of this book, by one of the most distinguished scholars in the field, is an event to be welcomed ...'. Journal of Religious History
Table of contents
Preface; Abbreviations; Part I. The Crisis of Identity: 1. Introduction; 2. A great multitude no man could number; 3. Conversion and uncertainty; 4. Augustine: a defence of Christian mediocrity; 5. 'Be ye perfect'; Part II. Kairoi: Christian Times and the Past: 6. The last times; 7. The martyrs and sacred time; 8. Secular festivals in Christian times?; 9. The christianisation of time; Part III. Topoi: Space and Community: 10. Holy places and holy people; 11. City or Desert? Two models of community; 12. Desert and City: a blurring of frontiers; 13. The ascetic invasion; 14. Within sight of the end: retrospect and prospect; Sources referred to; Secondary literature referred to; Index.