Life of Constantine (Clarendon Ancient History Series)

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The emperor Constantine changed the world by making the Roman Empire Christian. Eusebius wrote his life and preserved his letters so that his policy would continue. This English translation is the first based on modern critical editions. Its Introduction and Commentary open up the many important issues the Life of Constantine raises.

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Averil Cameron is Warden of Keble College, Oxford. The Rev. Stuart Hall is a retired priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, formerly priest in charge of St John's Pittenweem and St Michael's Elie.

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`Overall, however, this volume will prove an enormously useful tool for scholars and students of church history and late antiquity in general.'
Journal of Early Christian Studies, 2001

`This volume provides a fine introduction to the Life of Constantine in a format that is user-friendly both with regard to organization of content and graphic design ... The commentary helpfully assesses the historicity of Eusebius' accounts of specific events and how certain themes in the
text serve the various literary purposes of the work. The book is a goldmine of bibliographical sources on particular topics in the Vita, for example, on Constantine's building programs in Jerusalem and elsewhere.'
Journal of Early Christian Studies, 2001

`The commentary is a mine of information and succinctly distilled learning, drawn from an extensive modern bibliography supplemented by the authors' own combined wisdom.'
Journal of Ecclesiastical History, April 2001

`Their collaboration on Eusebius ... has resulted in what is sure to become an indispensable companion to Constantinian studies.'
Journal of Ecclesiastical History, April 2001

`scrupulous fidelity to the tenor of Eusebius' Greek often reproduces his vaqueness and pomposity.'
T.D.Barnes, The Classical Review, Vol.51, No.1, 2001

`sure to become an indispensable companion to Constantinian studies ... The commentary is a mine of information and succinctly distilled learning ... the authors have succeeded in condensing a mass of modern scholarship in clarifying the (often obscure) details of Eusebius' text.'
E.D.Hunt, Ecclesiastical History, vol.52/2, April 2001

`this translation is a good introduction to the VC of Eusebius for the specialist and the generalist alike. To those users who know no Greek, this book is a godsend; for the specialist, it provides the reader with easy access to the most recent literature on the various issues dealt with in
the VC. In a word, the book is a real gem.'
Michael DiMaio, Dept of Philosophy, Salve Regina University.

`It is ... a pleasant experience to be able to read the VC from beginning to end without worrying about the exact meaning of the text since one can safely rely on Cameron and Halls translation as giving an accurate representation of the content and flavor of Eusebius narrative.'
Michael DiMaio, Dept of Philosophy, Salve Regina University.

`Cameron and Halls discussion of Eusebius use of imperial documents in the VC is especially worthy of note because it takes one of the most complicated and disputed issues and explains it in a clear fashion ... Cameron and Halls discussion of the plan and literary character of the VC is unique
because they place Eusebius work in its proper relation to ancient biography.'
Michael DiMaio, Dept of Philosophy, Salve Regina University.

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