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    No Arians in Milan? Ambrose on the Basilica Crisis of 385/6


    Williams, Michael Stuart (2018) No Arians in Milan? Ambrose on the Basilica Crisis of 385/6. Historia: Zeitschrift für alte Geschichte. Journal of ancient history, 67 (3). pp. 346-365. ISSN 0018-2311

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    Abstract

    Modern explanations of the “basilica crisis” of 385/6 in Milan frequently suppose that the city’s Christian population was divided into coherent, rival doctrinal factions. Yet Ambrose’s own contemporary account assigns little or no role in events to any “Arian” faction among the people of Milan, and may indeed be read as denying the existence of such a community. Ambrose instead associates his opposition with the imperial court and portrays the dispute as between church and state. We need not take his word for it, but his evidence does little to establish this episode as a showpiece of open doctrinal conflict.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Ambrose; Arians; Auxentius; Rhetoric; Heresy;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Ancient Classics
    Item ID: 13381
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.25162/historia-2018-0013
    Depositing User: Dr. Michael Williams
    Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2020 14:46
    Journal or Publication Title: Historia: Zeitschrift für alte Geschichte. Journal of ancient history
    Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
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