Domitian, the fathers and the persecution of the church

Harmes, Marcus (2010) Domitian, the fathers and the persecution of the church. In: Leeds International Medieval Congress 2010, 12-15 Jul 2010, Leeds, United Kingdom.

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The portrayal of the Emperor Domitian in early Christian sources relates to mental journey which the Church undertook in formulating its relations with Roman civil authorities. Historians have seen Domitian as an example of a ‘bad’ emperor which indicated the obedience Christians would offer to emperors who did not persecute. But Patristic sources not only distinguished between good and bad emperors, but made good emperors out of bad, insisting on conversions and patronage as emanating from the imperial court. Using distinctive features of the Patristic records of the Domitianic persecution, including records of his victims, this paper reconstructs how Patristic writers undertook a mental journey to integrate Church and State, locating Christians at the very centre of imperial power.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2011 05:30
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: Domitian, Emperor of Rome (81-96CE); Rome; Christianity; Fathers of the Church
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210306 Classical Greek and Roman History
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology

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