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Religions of the Constantinian Empire

Mark Edwards


The chief contention of this book is that the period from 300 to 340 is one of widespread religious ferment, of which Constantine’s conversion is as much an effect as a cause. The first of three sections illustrates the evolving conception of Christianity as a philosophy, first in doctrinal polemic against the pagans, then in the mirror of the philosophical reaction, and finally in the development of rival forms of holiness to those of the pagan world. The second section collects what can be known about change and development in cultic activity, devoting one chapter to the ethnic religions, on ... More

Keywords: Constantine, religion, diversity, paganism, philosophy, polemic, Christianity, conversion, holiness, cult, Nicene theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199687725
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687725.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Edwards, author
Professor of Early Christian Studies, University of Oxford