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The north Italian human environment

Mark Humphries

in Communities of the Blessed

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780198269830
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683824 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269830.003.0002

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The north Italian human environment

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This chapter discusses the role of environmental factors in the arrival and development of Christianity in northern Italy. It explains the role of the topographical environment and considers the importance of the human structures that existed within the geographical context. It suggests that in addition to the landscape and environmental conditions, personal networks were important determinants of human activity during the early Christian period in the region. These human activities were driven by the cities and towns founded by the Romans after their conquest of northern Italy and the cultural, social, and economic networks of these urban centres provided the template for human behaviour.

Keywords: Christianity; environment; topography; urban centers; northern Italy

Chapter.  9543 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Christianity

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