Ambrose <sup>1</sup>

Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Ambrose  1

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Considers Ambrose, bishop of Milan in the late fourth century, as a major figure in the differentiation between the Latin west and the Greek east and the establishment of orthodoxy as defined by the Nicene Creed, in the context of the troubled political history of a period marked by Barbarian incursions. Ambrose regarded Roman practice as the touchstone of orthodoxy and wrote widely on all aspects of Christian life and morality. He maintained contact with and gave advice to the leading political figures, including the emperors Gratian and Theodosius I. Ambrose delivered funeral orations, including that of Theodosius I, stressing the providential protection of the Roman state under Christian emperors.

Keywords: Ambrose; Barbarian invasions; Nicene Creed; Theodosius I

Chapter.  14313 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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