By Michele Renee Salzman
What did it take to reason the Roman aristocracy to show to Christianity, altering centuries-old ideals and spiritual traditions? Michele Salzman takes a clean method of this much-debated query. targeting a sampling of person aristocratic women and men in addition to on writings and archeological proof, she brings new figuring out to the method wherein pagan aristocrats turned Christian, and Christianity grew to become aristocratic.
Roman aristocrats would appear to be not likely applicants for conversion to Christianity. Pagan and civic traditions have been deeply entrenched one of the expert and politically well-connected. certainly, males who held kingdom workplaces frequently have been additionally esteemed clergymen within the pagan nation cults: those priesthoods have been commonly sought so one can make stronger one's social place. in addition, a faith whose texts taught love for one's neighbor and humility, with strictures on wealth and notions of equality, should not have visible charm for these on the best of a hierarchical society. but one way or the other throughout the fourth and early 5th centuries Christianity and the Roman aristocracy met and merged.
Examining the realm of the ruling class--its associations and assets, its values and elegance of life--Salzman paints a desirable photograph, in particular of aristocratic ladies. Her research yields new perception into the non secular revolution that reworked the overdue Roman Empire.