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By Neil B. McLynn

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 distinct 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 no making him too Machiavellian. Having synthesized the big complicated of scholarship to be had at the past due fourth century, McLynn additionally provides a magnificent learn of the politics and historical past of the Christian church and the Roman Empire in that period.Admirably and logically geared up, the booklet 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 knowing of the complexities of Ambrose's lifestyles and profession and of overdue Roman executive.

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84: 'etenim in religionem peccando praeeuntis tam imperialis quam iudicarii erroris tibi conciliasti faborem, interim securus de crimine indulgentia temporis'. [194] Apol. 120: 'sed amicali gratia suffragio t[. ] humano passim crearis indigne'. [195] Palladius uses almost exactly the same terms in the following paragraph to describe Ambrose's collusion with a praetorian prefect: 'aeclesias Dei per humanum patrocinium . . vasteres' (Apol. 121). [1]De virginibus begins with an elaborate and somewhat tangled apology.

Amb. 3: 'Vade, age non ut iudex sed ut episcopus'. " From Acclamation to Consecration Rufinus describes Ambrose's reaction to the people's cry in just five words: 'obluctante illo et plurimum resistente' (Ruf. 11), 'he struggled and put up a great deal of resistance'. But Paulinus, who until this point had echoed Rufinus almost exactly, gives full details of Ambrose's resistance. 'When he realized what was happening, Ambrose left the church and ordered his tribunal to be set up. Then, contrary to his usual practice, he ordered some people to be put to the torture'.

32] Ambrose's ascetic credentials were therefore firmly anchored in Rome. So too, perhaps, was his language. In no other Christian community of the age were women of such high status so prominent; Ambrose's imagery, in which virgins hold sway like queens, soar aloft to meet Christ and enjoy the protection of an army of angels—so different from his avowed master Cyprian's hectoring watchword, 'discipline'—seems to evoke such imperious contemporary heroines as Melania and Marcella. A more precise debt to Rome is also suggested by his dependence upon an Egyptian source.

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