City of Demons: Violence, Ritual, and Christian Power in Late Antiquity

English | Oct. 13, 2015 | ISBN: 0520276477 | 392 Pages | PDF | 1 MB


English | Oct. 13, 2015 | ISBN: 0520276477 | 392 Pages | PDF | 1 MB
Although it would appear in studies of late antique ecclesiastical authority and power that scholars have covered everything, an important aspect of the urban bishop has long been neglected: his role as demonologist and exorcist. When the emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the realm, bishops and priests everywhere struggled to “Christianize” the urban spaces still dominated by Greco-Roman monuments and festivals.

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