Christian Friendship in the Fourth Century

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Cambridge University Press, 18.04.2002 - 292 Seiten
Friendship was a quality valued highly in ancient Greece and Rome, and was also regarded as highly significant in nascent Christianity. Carolinne White's aim in this study is to describe and compare the ideas about friendship developed by the Christians, whose culture was in many ways dependent upon its pagan background, and thus to develop a coherent picture of how the concept of friendship was understood in the fourth century. The Christian writers discussed are considered against the background of their personal lives and their relations with one another. All of the writers considered had a profound influence on later ages as well as on their own period, which means that the survey provided should be of wide interest both to ancient historians and theologians.
 

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Introduction
1
Classical theories of friendship
13
Some problems of Christian friendship
45
Friendship in the lives and thought of Basil and of Gregory of Nazianzus
61
John Chrysostom and Olympias
85
Synesius of Gyrene
98
Ambrose of Milan Ciceronian or Christian friendship?
111
St Jerome
129
Monasticism and friendship
162
St Augustine
183
Conclusion
216
Notes
222
Editions and translations of primary sources
258
Select bibliography
260
Index
265
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