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Almsgiving in the Later Roman Empire: Christian Promotion and Practice 313-450

Richard Finn OP


The book examines the various sources, distinctive forms, privileged recipients, and likely extent of almsgiving in the churches of the later empire. Almsgiving was crucial in the construction of the bishop's authority, but was also a cooperative task involving clerics and laity in which honour was shared and which exposed the bishop to criticism. Almsgiving by monks belongs in the context of self-dispossession and attracted further alms for distribution to the destitute, but proved controversial not least because of the potential for competition with bishops. Lay people were encouraged to giv ... More

Keywords: alms, almsgiving, authority, bishop, benefaction, destitute, destitution, generosity, monk, practice, promotion, virtue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199283606
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283606.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Finn OP, author
Regent of Studies, Blackfriars, Oxford