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The Fall of the Roman Household, Cooper, Kate
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Author Name:    Cooper, Kate

Title:   The Fall of the Roman Household

Binding:   PAPERBACK

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Cambridge University Press 

ISBN Number:   0521187931 / 9780521187930

Seller ID:   ING9780521187930

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Edward Gibbon laid the fall of the Roman Empire at Christianity's door, suggesting that 'pusillanimous youth preferred the penance of the monastic to the dangers of a military life ... whole legions were buried in these religious sanctuaries'. This surprising 2007 study suggests that, far from seeing Christianity as the cause of the fall of the Roman Empire, we should understand the Christianisation of the household as a central Roman survival strategy. By establishing new 'ground rules' for marriage and family life, the Roman Christians of the last century of the Western empire found a way to re-invent the Roman family as a social institution to weather the political, military, and social upheaval of two centuries of invasion and civil war. In doing so, these men and women - both clergy and lay - found themselves changing both what it meant to be Roman, and what it meant to be Christian.



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