Reconsidering Eusebius (Vigiliae Christianae, Supplements)
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Over the last decades, Eusebius has been the focus of a great deal of attention. New light has been shed both on his writings and on his personality, which has led to a welcome re-assessment of his significance. As a result, he is no longer perceived as a mere compiler but as a powerful author who largely contributed to the construction of the orthodox Church's triumphalism. This volume seeks to contribute to the ongoing re-evaluation of Eusebius as an active participant to the construction of late antique history, theology, and literature. The result is an interdisciplinary collection of articles by an international team of scholars who offer innovative papers on one of the most important late antique author.
for the imperial munera. The Water Supply System79 The Roman city got its water supply from the north by means of two aqueducts (Fig. 14). The high level aqueduct reached the city as a double arcade supporting two channels. The western, later one, is dated by inscriptions to the reign of Hadrian. The earlier channel is attributed, alternatively, to Herod, the Roman procurators, or Vespasian. The lower-level aqueduct is a masonry tunnel, ca. 1.20m wide and 2.00m high, that got its water from an
the Jews” to all other nations and races recently turned Christian: “They [the Hebrew prophets] could preach the good news 46 φέρ’ οὖν πρῶτον ἁπάντων τὰς παλαιοτάτας καὶ δὴ καὶ τὰς πατρίους ἡμῶν αὐτῶν θεολογίας κατὰ πᾶσαν πόλιν εἰσέτι (PE, 1.5.13). 47 48 Stowers, A Rereading of Romans, cit., p. 65. DE, I.1.6; Ferrar’s version. christians as triton genos 83 that though one nation was lost, every nation and race of men would know God.”49 A few lines further in the text, Eusebius relaxed the
Persecution and the Problem of Identity,” in R. M. Frakes and E. D. Digeser (eds.), Religious Identity in Late Antiquity (Toronto: Kent, 2006), 36–57; P.F. Beatrice, “Towards a new edition of Porphyry’s fragments against the Christians,” in ΣΟΦΙΗΣ ΜΑΙΗΤΟΡΕΣ. ‘Chercheurs de Sagesse.’ Hommage à Jean Pépin (Paris: Institut des Études Augustiniennes, 1992), 347–55; Id., “Antistes Philosophiae: Ein christenfeindlicher Propagandist am Hofe Diokletians nach dem Zeugnis des Laktanz,” in Aug. 33 (1993),
but also of the rest of humanity. He cared no more for these than those, but his providence was over all similarly just as he has given the sun ungrudgingly to everyone, and not for the Hebrews only, and the supply of needs according to the seasons, and a similar bodily make-up for everyone, and one mode of birth, and one type of rational soul. And thus, they say, he provided to all men the science of foretelling the future ungrudgingly, to some by prophets, to some by oracles, to some by the
scattered architectural fragments see L. Kahn, “King Herod’s Temple of Roma and Augustus at Caesarea Maritima,” in Raban – Holum, Caesarea maritima, cit., 130–45. 41 See drawing in Y. Porath, Excavations and Surveys in Israel 17 (1998), p. 46, Fig. 10. The dimensions of the podium are given in Holum, Raban and Patrich, Caesarea Papers, 2, cit., p. 21. caesarea in the time of eusebius 11 torium procuratoris (see below).42 The shrine (sacellum) of the hippostadium (Herod’s amphitheatron, see