By Boniface Ramsey

ISBN-10: 0203430255

ISBN-13: 9780203430255

ISBN-10: 0415118417

ISBN-13: 9780415118415

St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan from 374 to 397, was once the most very important figures of the fourth century Roman empire. This quantity explores the big influence of Ambrose on Western civilization, and examines the complexity of his rules and impression; as a poet, ascetic, mystic and flesh presser. Ambrose combines an up to date account of his existence and paintings, with translations of key writings. Ramsey's quantity provides a complete and available perception right into a fairly unexplored character and argues that Ambrose has stimulated the Western international in methods as but unrealized.

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When he wrote to Theophilus of Alexandria, asking him to 41 INTRODUCTION hear the case of Flavian and Evagrius, he advised him to inform Damasus of the outcome and declared that he would accept his verdict himself once he had learned of Damasus’ approval (cf. 7). 5–7) he defended a baptismal footwashing ceremony that was part of the Milanese liturgy but unknown in Rome. ’ But he adds: ‘Yet we too have human intelligence,’ and he goes on to say that Peter himself, ‘a bishop of the Roman Church,’ had had his feet washed by Christ.

7). 5–7) he defended a baptismal footwashing ceremony that was part of the Milanese liturgy but unknown in Rome. ’ But he adds: ‘Yet we too have human intelligence,’ and he goes on to say that Peter himself, ‘a bishop of the Roman Church,’ had had his feet washed by Christ. In other words, Ambrose justified the ritual of baptismal footwashing at Milan in the face of Roman criticism (or at least criticism favorable to Roman liturgical practices) by a clever appeal to Peter, the ultimate Roman authority.

However, we recall that, for better or for worse, it was not necessarily the custom at this time for children even of a devout household to 17 INTRODUCTION be baptized directly after birth. The cases of Basil the Great, his brother Gregory of Nyssa, and Gregory Nazianzen, whose parents all enjoyed a reputation for sanctity, come to mind, along with that of Augustine, the son of the ultra-pious Monica. The fact of Marcellina’s virginity, or at the very least the fact of a domestic environment in which virginity would be cherished, helps significantly to explain Ambrose’s own fascination with the virginal life.

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