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Pagan City and Christian Capital
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Pagan City and Christian Capital: Rome in the Fourth Century

John R Curran


The critical century between the arrival of Constantine and the advance of Alaric in the early 5th century witnessed dramatic changes in the city of Rome. This book breaks away from the usual notions of religious conflict between Christians and pagans, to focus on a number of approaches to the Christianization of Rome. The author surveys the laws and political considerations which governed the building policy of Constantine and his successors, the effect of papal building and commemorative constructions on Roman topography, the continuing ambivalence of the Roman festal calendar, and the confl ... More

Keywords: Christianization of Rome, Constantine's building policy, papal building, Roman topography, Roman festal calendar, asceticism, real Christianity, rise of Christianity, decline of paganism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199254200
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199254200.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John R Curran, author
Lecturer in the School of Classics and Ancient History, Queen's University, Belfast
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