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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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Jerome, Asceticism, and the Roman Aristocracy, ad 340–410

Jerome, Asceticism, and the Roman Aristocracy, ad 340–410

(p.260) 7 Jerome, Asceticism, and the Roman Aristocracy, AD 340–410
Pagan City and Christian Capital

John R. Curran (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter attempts to restore the ascetics of Rome of their broader social context. By doing so, one gains a fuller picture of upper-class Christianity in Rome; an understanding of the degree of interdependence between different groups, and an appreciation of the many limitations in viewing the period as one of pagan-Christian conflict. The chapter discusses the Roman aristocracy, the context of senatorial asceticism, Christian asceticism, Jerome and the ‘sham’ Christians of Rome, and status in an ascetic context.

Keywords:   Rome, Christianity, Christian asceticism, Jerome

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