Constantine and the Cities

Roman Emperor Constantine raised Christianity from a minority religion to imperial status, but his religious orientation was by no means unambiguous. In Constantine and the Cities, Noel Lenski demonstrates how the emperor and his subjects used the instruments of government in a struggle for authority over the religion of the empire.

Constantine and the Cities
Imperial Authority and Civic Politics

Noel Lenski

2016 | 416 pages | Cloth $89.95 | Paper $34.95
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Table of Contents

List of Maps

Introduction. Many Faces of Constantine

PART I. CONSTANTINE'S SELF-PRESENTATION
Chapter 1. Constantine Develops
Chapter 2. Constantinian Constants
Chapter 3. Constantine and the Christians: Controlling the Message

PART II. THE POWER OF PETITIONS
Chapter 4. Approaching Constantine: The Orcistus Dossier
Chapter 5. The Exigencies of Dialogue: Hispellum
Chapter 6. Constantine's Cities in the West: Nomen Venerandum
Chapter 7. Constantine's Cities in the East: Peer Polity Interaction

PART III. RECONSTRUCTING THE ANCIENT CITY
Chapter 8. Redistributing Wealth
Chapter 9. Building Churches
Chapter 10. Empowering Bishops

PART IV. ALTERNATIVE RESPONSES TO CONSTANTINE
Chapter 11. Engaging Cities
Chapter 12. Resisting Cities
Chapter 13. Opposing Christians: Donatists and Caecilianists
Chapter 14. Complex Cities: Antioch and Alexandria

Epilogue

List of Sigla and Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments