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Negotiosus cursus: Christianity in the cities

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/9780198269830.003.0008

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Negotiosus cursus: Christianity in the cities

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This chapter discusses the situation and conditions of the Christian Church in the cities of northern Italy during the 4th century. It shows that during this period the Christians may have represented nothing more than a vociferous religious minority, competing for prominence in their communities with Jews and pagans. Despite incontrovertible evidence for the expansion of the Church and its increasingly monumental presence in the cities, congregations still lived side by side with members of other religious groups. By the end of the 4th century, northern Italy was not entirely a Christian space.

Keywords: Christianity; Church; cities; pagans; Jews; religion; northern Italy

Chapter.  11786 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Christianity

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