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- DescriptionPauline Allen and Bronwen Neil investigate crisis management as conducted by the increasingly important episcopal class in the 5th and 6th centuries. Their basic source is the neglected corpus of bishops' letters in Greek and Latin, the letter being the most significant mode of communication and information-transfer in the period from 410 to 590 CE. The volume brings together into a wider setting a wealth of previous international research on episcopal strategies for dealing with crises of various kinds. Six broad categories of crisis are identified and analysed: population displacement, natural disasters, religious disputes and religious violence, social abuses and the breakdown of the structures of dependence. Individual case-studies of episcopal management are provided for each of these categories. This is the first comprehensive treatment of crisis management in the late-antique world, and the first survey of episcopal letter-writing across the later Roman empire.
- Author BiographyPauline Allen, Director of the Centre for Early Christian Studies, Australian Catholic University, is known internationally for her work on homiletic literature, Maximus the Confessor, the Council of Chalcedon, Severus of Antioch, and letter-writing in Late Antiquity. She is research associate in the Department of Ancient Languages, University of Pretoria. Bronwen Neil holds the Burke Senior Lectureship in Ecclesiastical Latin at Australian Catholic University, and is Assistant Director of the Centre for Early Christian Studies. She has published widely on Maximus the Confessor, Pope Martin I, Anastasius Bibliothecarius and Pope Leo I, as well as poverty and welfare in Late Antiquity.
- Date of Publication08/08/2013
- SubjectChristian History & Denominations
- Series TitleVigiliae Christianae, Supplements
- Series Part/Volume Numberv.121
- Place of PublicationLeiden
- Country of PublicationNetherlands
- Weight591 g
- Width160 mm
- Height240 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edited byBronwen Neil,Pauline Allen
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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