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Cyprian and Roman Carthage by Allen (University of Cambridge) Brent
  

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Cyprian and Roman Carthage by Allen (University of Cambridge) Brent

Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus believed fervently that his conversion experience had been a passage from the darkness of the world of Graeco-Roman paganism to his new vision of Christianity. But Cyprian's response as bishop to the Decian persecution was to be informed by the pagan culture that he had rejected so completely. His view of church order also owed much to Roman jurisprudential principles of legitimate authority exercised within a sacred boundary spatially and geographically defined. Given the highly fragmented state of the non-Christian sources for this period, Cyprian is often the only really contemporary primary source for the events through which he lived. In this book, Allen Brent contributes to our understanding both of Roman history in the mid-third century and of the enduring model of church order that developed in that period.

About the Author

Allen Brent is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He has published many books on the history of Christianity, most recently A Political History of Early Christianity (2009).

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Publication date

7th October 2010

Author

Allen (University of Cambridge) Brent

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Format

Hardback
382 pages

Categories


History of religion
Ancient history: to c 500 CE

ISBN

9780521515474

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