Epilogue: The changing world of Chromatius of Aquileia

Mark Humphries

in Communities of the Blessed

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780198269830
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683824 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Epilogue: The changing world of Chromatius of Aquileia

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This epilogue discusses the role of Bishop Chromatius of Aquileia in providing reassurance to the people during the Gothic invasion of the Julian Alps and the Po Valley in northern Italy during the first decade of the 5th century. To strengthen the people's resolve, despairing of any effective imperial intervention, Chromatius prepared a Latin translation and continuation of Eusebius of Caesarea's ‘Ecclesiastical History’ with his old friend Turranius Rufinus, a fellow member of the Aquileian chorus beatorum under bishop Valerian. He showed the people how devotion to God could protect people from adversity. Chromatius stands at the head of a list of Aquileian bishops who provided leadership for the city in the insecure period of barbarian invasions.

Keywords: Chromatius; bishops; barbarian invasions; Aquileia; northern Italy

Chapter.  2087 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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