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‘We have no king but Christ’Christian Political Thought in Greater Syria on the Eve of the Arab Conquest (c.400-585)$
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Philip Wood

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588497

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588497.001.0001

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Classification in a Christian Empire

Classification in a Christian Empire

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(p.21) 1 Classification in a Christian Empire
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‘We have no king but Christ’
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588497.003.0002

This chapter examines fifth‐century ecclesiastical historians as evidence for the Christianisation of Roman politicatl ideas. These historians used heresiology as an extension of classical ethnography. For them, heretics, like barbarians, were irrational and divided. These ideas changed the rules for inclusion and exclusion in the empire: now that being orthodox was equated to being Roman; ‘provincial peoples’ could claim civilised virtues, such as self‐control, that had formerly been the preserve ofan educated elite.

Keywords:   Ecclesiastical histories, orthodoxy, Self‐control, Heresiology, Improvement

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