Purpose of the Work

Ivor J. Davidson

in Ambrose: De Officiis

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780199245789
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601453 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

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Ambrose's purpose is not to build bridges between Cicero and Christ, but to replace Cicero's work with a new Christian account of duties, designed to show the gospel's social triumph in a transformed Roman Empire. His text is intended for a variety of readerships: the clergy of Milan and Northern Italy; educated lay Christians; and interested secular sophisticates such as Symmachus.

Keywords: clergy; Milan; Roman Empire; social triumph; Symmachus

Chapter.  8213 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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