Eusebius' Life of Constantine
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 414
Width: 14.5 cm
Height: 22.4 cm
Eusebius' Life of Constantine is the most important single record of Constantine, the emperor who turned the Roman Empire from prosecuting the Church to supporting it, with huge and lasting consequences for Europe and Christianity. The only English version previously available is based on a seventeenth-century Greek edition, but two new critical editions produced this century make a new English version necessary. The authors of this edition present the results of the recent scholarly debate, as well as their own researches so as to clarify the significance of Eusebius' work and introduce the student to the text and its interpretation, thus opening up the contentious issues. At face value much of what Eusebius wrote is false. This book shows how, once his partisan interpretations and rhetoric are properly understood, both Eusebius' text and the documents it contains give vital historical insights.
The commentary which Cameron and Hall provide elucidates the content of the text, without being repetitive or replete with unnecessary details and references. No doubt, Cameron and Hall's new translation, introduction and commentary will shortly become an indispensable tool for anyone interested in late antique history and early Christian studies. We should all be grateful for the great service they have done in producing this volume. Scripta Classica Israelica ... extremely informative introduction ... Cameron and Hall provide a fluent and accurate translation of the text. Scripta Classica Israelica ... will prove an enormously useful tool for scholars and students of church history and late antiquity in general. Journal of Early Christian Studies ... provides a fine introduction to the Life of Constantine in a format that is user-friendly both with regard to organization of content and graphic design. Journal of Early Christian Studies ... sure to become an indispensable companion to Constantinian studies. Journal of Ecclesiastical History