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Communities of the Blessed: Social Environment and Religious Change in Northern Italy, AD 200-400

Mark Humphries


This book is a study of religious change in northern Italy under the Roman empire, focusing on the origins and development of Christianity down to the end of the 4th century. It aims to liberate that history from the conventional models of ecclesiastical narrative, by demonstrating the unreliability of many of the traditional sources and by constructing a new methodology that locates the development of the Church in the context of what is termed the north Italian human environment. In other words, it is an attempt to understand the growth of Christianity in the social and cultural context of a ... More

Keywords: Christianity, Roman empire, methodology, Church, religious change, northern Italy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198269830
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269830.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Humphries, author
Lecturer in Ancient Classics
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