New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 740 pp. fine / fine. Item #CNJL2415
From the dust jacket flap, "The Church in Ancient Society provides a full and enjoyable narrative history of the Christian Church. Ancient Greek and Roman society had many gods and an addiction to astrology and divination. This introduction to the period traces the process by which Christianity changed this and so provided a foundation for the modern world: the teaching of Jesus created a lasting community, which grew to command the allegiance of the Roman emperor...
Christianity is discussed in relation to how it appeared to both Jews and pagans, and how its Christian doctrine and practice were shaped in relation to Graeco-Roman culture and the Jewish matrix. Among the major figures discussed are Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Constantine, Julian the Apostle, Basil, Ambrose, and Augustine… [Chadwick details how] finally the Church captured the society."
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full black cloth over boards, gilt lettering on spine; octavo size (9 3/8" x 6 1/4"), pagination: [i-vii] viii-ix [1 blank, 1] 2-730. Dust jacket is unclipped and unpriced, front cover photo illustration is "Head of colossal statue of Constantine the Great", summary of book and author bio on front flap, list of editors and series summary on back flap, recent publisher books on back panel.
___CONDITION: A fine copy, the binding is clean and without blemish, corners are straight without rubbing, a strong and square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, and as new. Dust jacket is unclipped and unpriced, bright colour without any signs of sunning; minor hints of edge wear to head and foot of jacket, else fine.
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