The Christianization of the Late Roman Senatorial Order: Circumstances and Scholarship

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Abstract

Presents a review article focusing on the conversion of the senators of Rome to Christianity based on the book "The Making of a Christian Aristocracy: Social and Religious Change in the Western Roman Empire," by Michele Renee Salzman. Imperial support for Christianity in the fourth century AD; Conversion of Christianity into the official religion of the Roman world; Chaotic process in which the Roman governing classes abandoned their patronage of the old forms of religion in favor of the new; Use of coercion to force Roman officials to adopt the new religion; Observation that over the course of the centuries Christianity had been absorbing the ideologies of the pagan, secular world.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-278
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of the Classical Tradition
Volume9
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1 2002

Keywords

  • Making of a Christian Aristocracy: Social & Religious Change in the Western Roman Empire, The (Book)
  • Salzman, Michele Renee
  • HISTORY
  • Church history
  • Christianity
  • Paganism
  • Rome
  • CONSTANTINES, 306-363

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