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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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The Christianization of the Topography of Rome, ad 337–384

The Christianization of the Topography of Rome, ad 337–384

(p.116) 4 The Christianization of the Topography of Rome, AD 337–384
Pagan City and Christian Capital

John R. Curran (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter shows that the imperial patronage of sites in the landscape of Rome continued after 337. Like almost all the foundations of Constantine, these sites were to be found exclusively outside the city and often on imperial property. The bishops of the city were frequent builders themselves. In contrast to the emperors, however, they raised churches inside the city. Certain areas of the city acted as poles around which Christian sites clustered. The hills on the eastern site of the city, for instance, seem to have been important to Bishop Julius and his successors. The period after Julius' death witnessed a serious disruption both in the Christian community and its network of holy sites. The context of episcopal violence is crucial to understanding the building activities of Damasus.

Keywords:   Rome, episcopal violence, Damasus, Bishop Julius

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