Jan R. Stenger

Johannes Chrysostomos und die Christianisierung der Polis

»Damit die Städte Städte werden«
[John Chrysostom and Christianizing the Polis. That the Earthly Cities become Heavenly.]
2019. IX, 270 pages.
DOI 10.1628/978-3-16-156974-6
Published in German.
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Was it possible to live a Christian life in the ancient polis? This question was a recurring one for the church fathers. One particularly vocal critic of urban life in late antiquity was John Chrysostom (c. 349‒407), who was active in two of the most vibrant metropolises of the time, Antioch and Constantinople. Jan R. Stenger examines how Chrysostom portrayed the city in his homilies and writings as well as the rhetorical strategies that the preacher employed in order to transform the polis into a Christian community.

Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum / Studies and Texts in Antiquity and Christianity (STAC)