Eusebius' Life of Constantine is the most important single record of Constantine, the emperor who turned the Roman Empire from prosecuting the Church to supporting it, with huge and lasting consequences for Europe and Christianity. The only English version previously available is based on a seventeenth-century Greek edition, but two new critical editions produced this century make a new English version necessary. The authors of this edition present the results of the recent scholarly debate, as well as their own researches so as to clarify the significance of Eusebius' work and introduce the student to the text and its interpretation, thus opening up the contentious issues. At face value much of what Eusebius wrote is false. This book shows how, once his partisan interpretations and rhetoric are properly understood, both Eusebius' text and the documents it contains give vital historical insights.
`Overall, however, this volume will prove an enormously useful tool for scholars and students of church history and late antiquity in general.' Journal of Early Christian Studies `This volume provides a fine introduction to the Life of Constantine in a format that is user-friendly both with regard to organization of content and graphic design ... The commentary helpfully assesses the historicity of Eusebius' accounts of specific events and how certain themes in the text serve the various literary purposes of the work. The book is a goldmine of bibliographical sources on particular topics in the Vita, for example, on Constantine's building programs in Jerusalem and elsewhere.' Journal of Early Christian Studies, 2001 `The commentary is a mine of information and succinctly distilled learning, drawn from an extensive modern bibliography supplemented by the authors' own combined wisdom.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History, April 2001 `Their collaboration on Eusebius ... has resulted in what is sure to become an indispensable companion to Constantinian studies.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History, April 2001
Series: Clarendon Ancient History
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st September 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97 x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.63