Daily Life of Early Christians
Uncover the habits and beliefs, food, clothing and daily routine of members of the early Church in this social historical study of a time which is still mysterious today. The social background to the first five hundred years of the Church's development are depicted in this fascinating collection of vividly recounted, biographical portraits. The reader is taken on a journey to encounter the pattern of six figures' lives: Clement, a Christian philosopher and teacher in Alexandria at the end of the second century; Paul of Samosata, A.D. 268, who taught heretically in Antioch; Virginia, from A.D. 304 whose last day on earth is set against the background of Diocletian's persecutions; Diogenes, a sexton of Rome; John Chrysotom of A.D. 400, a great Bishop of the Church; and John Cassian, a friend of Chrysotom and resident of Marseilles. The author uses contemporary documents and authorities to construct the biographies, which animate and illuminate the early development of the Church for the curious reader.
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"A little rest is now obviously called for, and Paul goes up to the roof where a couch is placed beneath an awning. The air is pleasantly warm and filled with the mingled scent of lilies, jacinths and pinks which rises from the many gardens of Antioch." Extract from Paul, Daily Life of Early Christians."