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Philostorgius: Church History
Amidon, Philip†R.

Atlanta/Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature/Brill, 2007 pp. xxvi + 284. $34.95/$142.00

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Description: Philostorgius (born 368 C.E.) was a member of the Eunomian sect of Christianity, a nonconformist faction deeply opposed to the form of Christianity adopted by the Roman government as the official religion of its empire. He wrote his twelve-book Church History, the critical edition of the surviving remnants of which is presented here in English translation, at the beginning of the fifth century as a revisionist history of the church and the empire in the fourth and early-fifth centuries. Sometimes contradicting and often supplementing what is found in other histories of the period, Christian or otherwise, it offers a rare dissenting picture of the Christian world of the time.

Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature

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Review by Alanna M. Nobbs
Published 9/13/2008
Citation: Alanna M. Nobbs, review of Philip R. Amidon, Philostorgius: Church History, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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