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By Neil B. McLynn

ISBN-10: 0520084616

ISBN-13: 9780520084612

During this new and illuminating interpretation of Ambrose, bishop of Milan from 374 to 397, Neil McLynn completely sifts the facts surrounding this very tricky character. the result's a richly specified interpretation of Ambrose's activities and writings that penetrates the bishop's painstaking presentation of self. McLynn succeeds in revealing Ambrose's manipulation of occasions with out making him too Machiavellian. Having synthesized the colossal advanced of scholarship on hand at the overdue fourth century, McLynn additionally offers a powerful examine of the politics and background of the Christian church and the Roman Empire in that period.Admirably and logically prepared, the e-book lines the chronology of Ambrose's public job and reconstructs very important occasions within the fourth century. McLynn's zesty, lucid prose supplies the reader a transparent figuring out of the complexities of Ambrose's lifestyles and occupation and of past due Roman executive.

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Duval, 'Ambroise, de son élection à sa consécration', in Ambrosius Episcopus (1976), 2:243–283, at 254n44. 5; and Gregory's own account, Carmen de sua vita 1325ff. 22. [7] Aug. Conf. 3. For gratia in a baptismal context, cf. Conf. 5 and esp. 13 (Augustine's preparations for baptism, 'quo percipiendae tantae gratiae paratior . . fierem'); but cf. p. 51 above, for Ambrose's baptism by a bishop. ― 55 ― clergy; but otherwise Ambrose had to make the best of the available materials. Reshuffles were necessarily limited.

The episode must have occurred between Ursinus' release from banishment in Gaul in 372 (Coll. Avell. i... 376 (Coll. Avell. 2–4). –R. Palanque, Saint Ambroise et l'empire romain (1933), 43–44. [23] Coll. Avell. 1; M. R. s. 22 (1971), 531–538. [24] Ep. extra coll. 6: the people of Rome had been left in suspense ,post relationem praefecti urbis'. The episode at Milan is placed firmly in the past (3: 'eo tempore . . quo moliebatur'), which excludes the suggestion that it belonged to 381 and that long exile had made Ursinus an 'inveterate intriguer' (Green, 'The Supporters of the Antipope Ursinus', 357).

Ambrose's concern for the dignity of his processions is nevertheless significant. At the outset he could offer the people of Milan little except gestures, but these were precisely his forte. [9] This donative did not involve any imprudent liquidation of his assets: although 'given to the church', the bishop's property, which included a substantial holding in Africa, remained under his personal management. i... resources were modest in comparison to the dizzying sums available to certain aristocratic contemporaries.

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