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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. concentrating on a sampling of person aristocratic women and men in addition to on writings and archeological facts, she brings new figuring out to the method wherein pagan aristocrats turned Christian, and Christianity grew to become aristocratic.

Roman aristocrats would appear to be not likely applicants for conversion to Christianity. Pagan and civic traditions have been deeply entrenched one of the trained and politically well-connected. certainly, males who held kingdom places of work usually have been additionally esteemed monks within the pagan nation cults: those priesthoods have been generally sought for you to strengthen 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, do not have noticeable attraction for these on the best of a hierarchical society. but by some means during the fourth and early 5th centuries Christianity and the Roman aristocracy met and merged.

Examining the area of the ruling class--its associations and assets, its values and magnificence of life--Salzman paints a desirable photo, in particular of aristocratic ladies. Her learn yields new perception into the spiritual revolution that reworked the overdue Roman Empire.

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