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From unholy madness to right-mindedness: or how to legislate for religious conformity from Decius to Justinian

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Simon Corcoran


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This article seeks to show how imperial legislation promoting religious conformity, whether by preventing or imposing religious beliefs or practices, developed from the time of the Decian persecution down to the comprehensive anti‐pagan enactments of Justinian. The main focus is on the relationship of Christians with pagans and Jews. In particular, attention is paid to the rapid changes of imperial perspective during the period of the Great Persecution, its relaxation, and Constantineʹs adoption of Christianity.

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Author(s): Corcoran S

Editor(s): Papaconstantinou,A;McLynn,N;Schwartz,D;

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Conversion in Late Antiquity: Christianity, Islam, and Beyond. Papers from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar, University of Oxford, 2009-2010

Year: 2015

Pages: 67-94

Print publication date: 01/09/2015

Acceptance date: 01/09/2013

Publisher: Routledge

Place Published: Abingdon


Notes: The paper on which this article is based was originally delivered as part of the Mellon Seminar Series at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, January 2010.

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ISBN: 9781409457381