By Boniface Ramsey

ISBN-10: 0203430255

ISBN-13: 9780203430255

ISBN-10: 0415118417

ISBN-13: 9780415118415

St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan from 374 to 397, was once the most vital figures of the fourth century Roman empire. This quantity explores the large impression of Ambrose on Western civilization, and examines the complexity of his rules and impression; as a poet, ascetic, mystic and flesh presser. Ambrose combines an updated account of his existence and paintings, with translations of key writings. Ramsey's quantity provides a finished and obtainable perception right into a rather unexplored personality and argues that Ambrose has prompted the Western global in methods as but unrealized.

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Before the coming of the second delegation Eugenius wrote once more to Ambrose. When at last the bishop replied in a letter that has not survived, he appears to have done so without endorsing the usurper’s claim to legitimacy. It is evident that Ambrose was waiting to see whether Theodosius would recognize Eugenius, and that he would follow Theodosius’ lead. Then, in early 393, Theodosius decided against Eugenius, whereupon the usurper sent the subsidies for the cult that had been requested to the pagan senators: politically speaking, there was no place for him to turn now but to his pagan supporters.

Unless Theodosius promised to lift every sanction against all the Christians involved in the damage done to the synagogue and the Valentinian temple, Ambrose threatened not to go on with the liturgy. The emperor, faced with a bishop whose determination he had no reason to doubt, and surrounded by a congregation that almost surely shared their bishop’s harsh sentiments about the Jews, had little alternative but to surrender, and he did. The eucharist was then celebrated and, as Ambrose stated at the very conclusion of his letter to his sister, so great was the grace of the offering that I myself sensed that that grace was all the more pleasing to our God, and that the divine presence was not lacking.

The Arian heresy]? For she is an adulteress who is not joined to Christ by lawful wedlock. 19) There were more words exchanged and there was further jockeying for advantage, but by the end of the week the emperor had backed down—not, however, without having uttered threats against Ambrose. All the churches of Milan were once again indisputably in the hands of the orthodox, and the fines that had been imposed a few days before were lifted. The emperor had retreated both because Ambrose was by far the more unyielding in his position and because the people seem to have supported their bishop.

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