The Making of a Christian Aristocracy, by Michele Renee Salzman

This fascinating and important book attempts to explain why the fourth-century Roman senatorial aristocracy turned "from paganism to Christianity." Michele Renee Salzman, a professor of history at the University of California in Riverside, defines this aristocracy, discusses the social origins and career paths of the aristocratic men-and the family involvements of the women-who converted to Christianity, and concludes by exploring "the emperor's influence on aristocratic conversion" and "the aristocrats' influence on Christianity." Four appendices deal with Salzman's data base and its implications. Her tables repay extended study.


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