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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 proof surrounding this very tricky character. the result's a richly targeted 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 out making him too Machiavellian. Having synthesized the gigantic complicated of scholarship to be had at the past due fourth century, McLynn additionally offers a magnificent research of the politics and background of the Christian church and the Roman Empire in that period.Admirably and logically geared up, the e-book strains the chronology of Ambrose's public job and reconstructs very important occasions within the fourth century. McLynn's zesty, lucid prose offers the reader a transparent realizing of the complexities of Ambrose's existence and occupation and of past due Roman govt.

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Probus, as Ambrose's patron, had his own interest in the outcome and was, besides, notoriously indulgent to the transgressions of his sub[178] Soc. 30 ascribes the relatio to the bishops but explains it by Ambrose's refusal, after accepting baptism from them, to agree to consecration. He could only make sense of his source, Rufinus, by assuming, against the latter's explicit testimony, that Ambrose had been made eligible for the episcopate at the time of the relatio . [179] Compare the gathering of Ambrose's friends at his deathbed in 397: below, p.

Duval, 'Ambroise, de son élection à sa consécration', in Ambrosius Episcopus (1976), 2:243–283, at 254n44. 5; and Gregory's own account, Carmen de sua vita 1325ff. 22. [7] Aug. Conf. 3. For gratia in a baptismal context, cf. Conf. 5 and esp. 13 (Augustine's preparations for baptism, 'quo percipiendae tantae gratiae paratior . . fierem'); but cf. p. 51 above, for Ambrose's baptism by a bishop. ― 55 ― clergy; but otherwise Ambrose had to make the best of the available materials. Reshuffles were necessarily limited.

V. Amb. 2 (esp. 1: 'praeceptum'); Ruf. 11 ('iubetur'). [174] Amb. Ep. 7. [175] Duval, 'Ambroise, de son élection', 278–282: 'il cherche à ne pas s'engager tant qu'il n'a toutes les garanties et autorisations nécessaires'; cf. Corbellini, 'Sesto Petronio Probo', 187–188. i... are no promises here, nor even a hint of the candidate's reluctance or at his imprisonment by his people. Valentinian seems as blithely unaware that there was a question to be addressed in Paulinus' account, which reports his 'joy' that a judge under his orders should be sought as bishop.

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