The papers presented here explore in various ways the interactions between clerics and the society in which Christian churches put down roots in Late Antiquity. Some of these complex processes, involved in the christianization of the Late Roman world, form the theme of the first three sections. Amongst other aspects, the essays in these sections examine the Three Chapters controversy and the participation of lay and clerical protagonists in it, the social standing of Italian bishops (including their use of lay personnel and their economic impact), and a comparison of pagan and Christian places of worship. The essays included in the last section deal with communication in Late Antiquity. They present the first results of a long-term project on the changing role of information during the last centuries of the Roman world. Eight papers in the volume are published in English for the first time.
Claire Sotinel is Professor of Roman History, Universite Paris Est-Creteil, France
Contents: Foreword; Part 1 Three Chapters: Pontifical authority and imperial power in the reign of Justinian: pope Virgilius; Arator, un poete au service de la politique du pape Vigile?; Vigilius in the Liber Pontificalis: a memory lost, or manipulated?; Le rA'le des expertises dans les debats theologiques du VIe siecle; Council, emperor and bishops: authority and orthodoxy in the 3 Chapters controversy. Part 2 Bishops and Elites in Late Roman Italy: Le recrutement des evAques en Italie aux IVe and Ve siecles. essai d' enquAte prosopographique. The bishop's men: episcopal power in the city; The bishops of Italy in late antique society: a new elite?; The Christian gift and its impact in late antiquity. Part 3 Sacred Places in the Late Roman Empire: Locus orationis ou domus Dei? Le temoignage de Zenon de Verone sur l'evolution des eglises (tractatus II, 6); The end of pagan holy places in the West: problems and method; Places of Christian worship and their sacralization in late antiquity; Chronologie, topographie, histoire: quelques hypotheses sur S. Felix in Pincis, eglise disparue. Part 4 Organization and Communication in Ancient Christianity: La circulation de l'information dans les eglises; The Church in the Roman Empire: changes without reform and reforms without change; How were bishops informed? Information transmission across the Adriatic Sea in late antiquity; Index.