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By Kristina Sessa

This ebook is the 1st cultural background of papal authority in past due antiquity. whereas most standard histories posit a 'rise of the papacy' and consider popes as politicians, theologians and civic leaders, Kristina Sessa makes a speciality of the past due Roman family and its serious function within the improvement of the Roman church from c.350–600. She argues that Rome's bishops followed the traditional elite family as a version of excellent executive for prime the church. primary to this phenomenon was once the classical and biblical determine of the steward, the householder's appointed agent who oversaw his estate and other people. As stewards of God, Roman bishops endeavored to workout ethical and fabric impact inside of either the pope's personal management and the families of Italy's clergy and lay elites. This unique and nuanced learn charts their manifold interactions with past due Roman families and indicates how bishops used family wisdom because the foundation for setting up their authority as Italy's singular spiritual leaders.

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