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Pagan City and Christian CapitalRome in the Fourth Century$
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John R Curran

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199254200

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199254200.001.0001

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Emperors, Gods, and Violence in Third-Century Rome

Emperors, Gods, and Violence in Third-Century Rome

(p.3) 1 Emperors, Gods, and Violence in Third-Century Rome
Pagan City and Christian Capital

John R. Curran (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses public building and topography of Rome in the 3rd century, the problem between soldiers and civilians in the city, and the Christian community in Rome. It shows that the urban space was subject to significant change prompted by a number of considerations. Severus sought to legitimize and promote his power by means of substantial projects in the city centre which derived its pre-tetrarchic layout from his efforts. His dynastic successors made significant contributions to the provision of venues for mass recreation in the city as grand expressions of patronage. The church appears to have acquired land steadily, located chiefly in the countryside around the city and devoted largely to the burial of the Christian dead. Evidence on persecution also suggests a slowly developing awareness on the part of the state with regard to the organization of the Christian community.

Keywords:   Rome, public building, soldiers, civilians, Christian community

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