Ambrose of Milan

Political Letters and Speeches

Translated with commentary by J. H. W. G. Liebeschuetz

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ISBN: 9781846312434

Publication: February 4, 2010

Series: Translated Texts for Historians 43

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The episcopate of Ambrose of Milan (374–97) is pivotal to understanding the developing relationship between the Christian Church and the Roman Empire in late antiquity. As bishop of Milan, Ambrose came into frequent contact with the highest levels of the imperial administration, including the emperors Gratian, Valentinian II, and Theodosius I themselves. He also exerted a degree of leadership in doctrinal matters over the bishops of northern Italy and adjacent regions. Any consideration of Ambrose’s career must begin with his own writings. This volume presents some of his most important works: the tenth book of his collection of letters; the letters that are preserved outside his published collection (Epistulae extra collectionem); and his funeral speeches for Valentinian II and Theodosius I. They document not only his influence over the bishops of neighbouring cities, but also his celebrated conflicts with the imperial court over the altar of Victory at Rome, the imperial siege of churches in Milan, the affair of the synagogue at Callinicum, and the massacre of civilians at Thessalonica. In these texts Ambrose sets forth his views about his rights as bishop to govern his church without imperial interference, and to condemn any emperor whose actions were deemed to be sinful. This volume will be of value to students and scholars of the history of the Church and the Roman Empire in late antiquity, and to anyone interested in the passage from pagan antiquity to the Christian Middle Ages. ‘The translations in Liebeschuetz’s volume are clear and precise, and they are accompanied by informative introductions and rigorous notes… an invaluable tool for students of Ambrose, early Christian political thinking and imperial-episcopal relations.’ Journal of Ecclesiastical History

J. H. W. G. Liebeschuetz is Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Nottingham, a Fellow of the British Academy, and Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute, and was a member of the European Science Foundation ‘Transformation of the Roman World’ Project 1992-97.

Preface Abbeviations General Introduction I. The Life of Ambrose of Milan II. The Letters of Ambrose of Milan Translation and Commentary Letters, Book Ten Letters on Matters Arising from the Council of Capua Introduction to episulate 70 and 71 Epistula 70 (Maur. 56) to Theophilus, bishop of Alexandria (392) Epistula 71 (Maur. 56a) to the bishops of Macedonia (393) Letters on the Altar of Victory Introduction to episulate 72, 72a and 73 Epistula 72 (Maur. 17) to the emperor Valntinian II (384) Epistula 72a (Maur. 17a): Symmachus' Third Relatio to Valentinian Epistula 73 (Maur. 18) Ambrose's formal reply to Symmachus (384) Letters on the destruction of the Synagogue at Callinicum Epistula 74 (Maur. 40) = Epistula extra collectionem 1a to the emperor Theodosius (388/389) Appendix: Epistula extra collectionem 1 (Maur.41), to Ambrose's sister Marcellina (388/389) Ambrose's Conflict with the empress Justina at Milan Introduction to Episulate 75, 75a, 76 and 77 Epistula 75 (Maur. 21) to the emperor Valentinian II (AD 386) Epistula 75a (Maur. 21a), also known as Contra Auxentium (386) Epistula 76 (Maur. 20) to Ambrose's sister, Marcellina (386) Oration on the Death of Theodosius I Introduction De Obitu Thdosii (395) Letter on the discovery of the relics of Gervasius and Protasius Epistula 77 (Maur. 22) to Ambrose's sister, Marcellina (386) Letters outside the Collection (Epistulae extra collectionem) Note on Epistulate extra collectionem 1 and 1a Letter to Theodosius I on his Victory over Usurper Eugenius Epistula extra collectionem 2 (Maur. 61): Ambrose to the emperor Theodosius I (394) Epistula extra collectionem 3 (Maur. 62): Ambrose to the emperor Theodosius I (394) Letters of the Council of Aquileia (AD 381) Epistula extra collectionem 4 (Maur. 10): the bishops of the council to the emperors of Gratain, Valentinian II, and Theodosius I (381) Epistula extra collectionem 5 (Maur. 11): the bishops of the council to the emperors of Gratain, Valentinian II, and Theodosius I (381) The Council of Aquileia and the Decisions of the Council of Constantinople Introduction to Epistula extra collectionem 6 (Maur. 12), 8 (Maur. 14) and 9 (Maur. 13) Notes on the order of the letters Epistula extra collectionem 6 (Maur. 12): the bishops of the council to the emperors Gratian, Valentinian II, and Theodosius I (381) Epistula extra collectionem 9 (Maur. 13): Ambrose and the Italian bishops to the emperor Theodosius I (381) Epistula extra collectionem 8 (Maur. 14): Ambrose and the Italian bishops to the emperor Theodosius I (382) Petition of a Roman Council to the Emperors Gratian and Valentinian II Introduction Epistula extra collectionem 7: the council to the emperors Gratian and Valentinian II (378) Letter on the altar of the Victory Introduction Epistula extra collectionem 10 (Maur. 57) Ambrose to the usurper Eugenius (394) Letter on the massacre at Thessalonica Introduction Epistula extra collectionem 11 (Maur 51): Ambrose to the emperor theodosius I (390) Letters of Ambrose and Gratian Letter of the emperor Gratian to Ambrose (379) Epistula extra collectionem 12 (Maur. 1): Ambrose to the emperor Gratian (379) Letter on the date of Easter Introduction Epistula extra collectionem 13 (Maur. 23): Ambrose to the bishops of Aemilia (386) Asceticism and Dissension at Vercelli and the Affair of Jovinianus Epistula extra collectionem 14 (Maur. 63): Ambrose to the church of Vercelli (396) Letter of Pope Siricius (Maur. 41a) Epistula extra collectionem 15 (Maur. 42): Ambrose and his fellow bishops to Pope Siricius (393) Apendices Appendix I: Ambrose and Magnus Maximus Introduction Epistula extra collectionem 30 (Maur. 24): Ambrose to the emperor Valentinian II (date uncertain) Appendix II: Ambrose's Funeral Oration on the Death of Valentinian II (De Obitu Valentiniani) Introduction De Obitu Valentiniani (392) Glossary Bibliography Maps Index

[Ambrose's]... letters have been translated and commented on with rare independence of mind by Liebeschuetz in his Ambrose of Milan: Political Letters and Speeches.
  New York Review of Books

The translations in Liebeschuetz’s volume are clear and precise, and they are accompanied by informative introductions and rigorous notes… an invaluable tool for students of Ambrose, early Christian political thinking and imperial-episcopal relations.
  Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 x 147 mm

432 Pages

ISBN: 9781846312434

Publication: February 4, 2010

Series: Translated Texts for Historians 43

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