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By Augustine, E. M. Atkins, R. J. Dodaro

This assortment brings jointly thirty-five letters and sermons of Augustine, Bishop of Hippo from 396-430 advert, that take care of political issues. The letters and sermons are either sensible and principled and deal with many crucial topics in Augustine's concept, together with the duties of citizenship, the connection among the church and secular authority, spiritual coercion, and warfare and peace. those texts supplement Augustine's vintage town of God, and provides scholars direct perception into the political and social global of past due antiquity with which Augustine used to be instantly concerned.

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Listen briefly to what was done, and you yourself distinguish between innocent and guilty. ¹⁵ No one prevented it; and it was performed with quite shameless bravado: an  Christianity and citizenship outrageous group of dancers crossed right into the street where the church is and right up in front of it – something that did not happen even in Julian’s time! When the clergy tried to prevent this utterly illegal and quite inappropriate behaviour, they threw stones at the church. Next, about eight days later, the bishop made a formal appeal before the civic authorities to the very well-known laws,¹⁶ and while they were arranging to implement the instructions of those laws, the church was stoned a second time.

However, he normally uses pius and pietas to refer to loyalty to the church. To be ‘pious’ is to embrace the life and orthodox faith of the Catholic church. Not only people, but also beliefs, practices and laws may be pious; they are ‘impious’ when they are either directed against (orthodox) Christianity or used to promote a false sect or false gods. Sometimes, therefore, impius means roughly ‘heretic’ or ‘unbeliever’.  it is a mode of pietas to love a sinner qua human being. Pursue, pursue action against, harass; pursuit, legal action, harassment The root meaning of the Latin persequor (noun, persecutio) is ‘follow through’ or ‘follow persistently’.

The Theodosian Code and other ancient collections of imperial edicts and constitutions, which are frequently mentioned in this volume, have been translated into English by C. Pharr, The Theodosian Code and Novels and the Sirmondian Constitutions (New York, ). Helpful introductions to the more technical aspects of Roman law can be found in the studies indicated in the notes to this volume, but see also R. P. ColemanNorton, Roman State and Christian Church (London, ). -I. Marrou, A History of Education in Antiquity (London, ), and by S.

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