Authorised Lives in Early Christian Biography Paperback

Between Eusebius and Augustine

by Michael Williams;


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Authorised Lives in Early Christian Biography

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What was distinctive about Christian biography in late antiquity? In this 2008 book, Dr Williams examines a range of biographies of prominent Christians written in the fourth and fifth centuries, and suggests that they share a purpose and function which sets them apart from their non-Christian equivalents. This was an age in which the lives of saints first emerged as a literary phenomenon, and a broad perspective on this developing genre is complemented by close readings of more problematic works such as Eusebius of Caesarea's Life of Constantine and the Confessions of Augustine of Hippo. In including such idiosyncratic examples, the aim is to provide a definition of Christian biography which extends beyond mere hagiography, and which expresses an understanding of the world and the place of individuals within it. It was a world in which lives might be authored by Christians, but could be authorised only by God.

Authorised Lives in Early Christian Biography by Michael Williams was published by Cambridge University Press in June 2011. The ISBN for Authorised Lives in Early Christian Biography is 9780521349529.

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Page last updated 10th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (June 2011)
Weight320g
Number of Pages276
Thickness15 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
ISBN9780521349529
ISBN-100521349524
Product Code4024932
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