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By Neil B. McLynn

ISBN-10: 0520084616

ISBN-13: 9780520084612

During this new and illuminating interpretation of Ambrose, bishop of Milan from 374 to 397, Neil McLynn completely sifts the facts surrounding this very tough character. the result's a richly specified interpretation of Ambrose's activities and writings that penetrates the bishop's painstaking presentation of self. McLynn succeeds in revealing Ambrose's manipulation of occasions with out making him too Machiavellian. Having synthesized the sizeable advanced of scholarship to be had at the past due fourth century, McLynn additionally offers a magnificent learn of the politics and historical past of the Christian church and the Roman Empire in that period.Admirably and logically equipped, the booklet lines the chronology of Ambrose's public job and reconstructs vital occasions within the fourth century. McLynn's zesty, lucid prose provides the reader a transparent figuring out of the complexities of Ambrose's lifestyles and profession and of past due Roman govt.

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20] Two notable controversialists were present in Milan during the early years of the bishop's career. [22] But although Valens' role as a homoean champion is secure, Ursinus makes an unlikely collaborator. [23] The fall from grace implied by his alleged cooperation with the Arians eight years later is inherently improbable, for Ursinus continued to enjoy enough popular support at Rome to encourage a prefect of the city in 381 to make a renewed appeal on his behalf. It was this situation which occasioned the letter from Ambrose and his colleagues.

Amb. 2), which appears to have been used against him by Jerome (Prolog. in Comm. in Eph. ); the arrival of the women allowed an informal equivalent to the inspectio morum . These episodes are discussed with much illustrative material by Duval, 'Ambroise, de son élection', 263–274, and interpreted as genuine efforts to escape. [170] Pace Duval, 'Ambroise, de son élection', 277. [171] Gregory fled to his ascetic friends to compose his Apology: cf. J. 75–76. ― 47 ― other hand, could not hope to find peace by flight.

8–10 do not mention Ursinus himself. ― 60 ― initiative against him: as a professed Nicene trying to take over an Arian administration intact, he could not afford to provoke an ideological confrontation. Concerning Virgins Given his lack of theological training, Ambrose's reluctance to confront his doctrinal opponents directly was prudent. Besides, by playing too overtly to the Nicene group that had propelled him to office, he risked alienating the 'Auxentian' majority in his congregation and clergy.

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