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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Eusebius Reconsidered

Francesca Aran Murphy, to whose work I have drawn attention previously, has written a long and fascinating essay on the writing of history, especially in the person of John Lukacs. Now a recent book looks more broadly at the question of writing history, especially Christian history, in the person and from the pen of Eusebius: Sabrina Inowlocki and Claudio Zamagni, eds., Reconsidering Eusebius: Collected Papers on Literary, Historical, and Theological Issues (Vigiliae Christianae Supplements) (Brill, 2011), 254pp.

About this book the publisher tell us:
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 … read morearticles by an international team of scholars who offer innovative papers on one of the most important late antique author.

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