Constantine and the Bishops: The Politics of Intolerance H.A. Drake

ISBN: 9780801871047

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Constantine and the Bishops: The Politics of Intolerance  by  H.A. Drake

Constantine and the Bishops: The Politics of Intolerance by H.A. Drake
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Historians who viewed imperial Rome in terms of a conflict between pagans and Christians have often regarded the emperor Constantines conversion as the triumph of Christianity over paganism. But in Constantine and the Bishops, historian H. A. DrakeMoreHistorians who viewed imperial Rome in terms of a conflict between pagans and Christians have often regarded the emperor Constantines 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 Constantines 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 Constantines policies, Drake shows how those policies were constructed to ensure the stability of the empire and fulfill Constantines imperial duty in securing the favor of heaven.Despite the emperors 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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