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By Michele Renee Salzman

What did it take to reason the Roman aristocracy to show to Christianity, altering centuries-old ideals and non secular traditions? Michele Salzman takes a clean method of this much-debated query. targeting a sampling of person aristocratic women and men in addition to on writings and archeological facts, she brings new knowing to the method through which pagan aristocrats grew to become Christian, and Christianity turned aristocratic.

Roman aristocrats would appear to be not going applicants for conversion to Christianity. Pagan and civic traditions have been deeply entrenched one of the knowledgeable and politically well-connected. certainly, males who held kingdom places of work usually have been additionally esteemed clergymen within the pagan nation cults: those priesthoods have been frequently sought with a view to toughen one's social place. in addition, a faith whose texts taught love for one's neighbor and humility, with strictures on wealth and notions of equality, shouldn't have seen charm for these on the best of a hierarchical society. but one way or the other through the fourth and early 5th centuries Christianity and the Roman aristocracy met and merged.

Examining the realm of the ruling class--its associations and assets, its values and magnificence of life--Salzman paints a desirable photograph, specifically of aristocratic ladies. Her examine yields new perception into the non secular revolution that remodeled the overdue Roman Empire.

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