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Ambrose of Milan and the End of the Arian-Nicene Conflicts

Daniel H. Williams


This study re-evaluates the history of the struggle between orthodoxy and heresy in the early church. The author argues that the traditional picture of Nicene ascendancy in the Western church from 350–381 is substantially misleading, and in particular that the conventional portrait of Ambrose of Milan as one who rapidly and easily overpowered his ‘Arian’ opponents is a fictional product derived from idealized accounts of the 5th century. Sources illustrating the struggle between the orthodox pro-Nicenes and ‘Arians’ or Homoians, in the 4th century reveal that Latin ‘Arianism’ was not the lifel ... More

Keywords: Ambrose of Milan, orthodoxy, heresy, early church, Nicene faith, Western church, pro-Nicenes, Arians, Homoians, Constantine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198264644
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264644.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel H. Williams, author
Loyola University, Chicago