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The Nature of Leadership in Late Antiquity

Claudia Rapp

in Holy Bishops in Late Antiquity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780520242968
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931411 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520242968.003.0001
The Nature of Leadership in Late Antiquity

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This book hopes to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the nature of authority in late antiquity in general. It introduces a new interpretive model of three kinds of authority. The combination of these three kinds of authority—spiritual, ascetic, and pragmatic—provides the analytical tools that allow the study of bishops and holy men within the same cultural, religious, social, and political context. The first part of this book juxtaposes bishops and holy men and deals with the nature of Christian authority and its spiritual roots. The second part compares bishops and civic leaders and addresses the realities of the episcopal office. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is presented.

Keywords: Christian authority; late antiquity; bishops; holy men; spiritual roots; episcopal office; civic leaders

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Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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