By Neil B. McLynn
During this new and illuminating interpretation of Ambrose, bishop of Milan from 374 to 397, Neil McLynn completely sifts the facts surrounding this very tricky character. the result's a richly specified interpretation of Ambrose's activities and writings that penetrates the bishop's painstaking presentation of self. McLynn succeeds in revealing Ambrose's manipulation of occasions with out making him too Machiavellian. Having synthesized the enormous advanced of scholarship to be had at the past due fourth century, McLynn additionally offers a magnificent learn of the politics and heritage of the Christian church and the Roman Empire in that period.Admirably and logically prepared, the ebook lines the chronology of Ambrose's public task and reconstructs vital occasions within the fourth century. McLynn's zesty, lucid prose supplies the reader a transparent figuring out of the complexities of Ambrose's existence and profession and of overdue Roman govt.
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144] Satyrus served a term as provincial governor, which Ambrose implies was simultaneous with his own: De exc. frat. 25.  It might be noted that Ambrose had received no preferment from the Roman aristocrat who had preceded Probus, the pagan Rufinus. Probus' lighthearted command that Ambrose govern his province 'like a bishop' (Paulin. V. Amb. 3) implies something of how he perceived him.  See Matthews, Western Aristocracies, 195–197.  Jerome Ep. 7; see Ep. 28 for the attentions paid to Christian matrons (of whom Proba was among the wealthiest and most distinguished).
Extra coll. 3; translated below. The episode must have occurred between Ursinus' release from banishment in Gaul in 372 (Coll. Avell. i... 376 (Coll. Avell. 2–4). –R. Palanque, Saint Ambroise et l'empire romain (1933), 43–44.  Coll. Avell. 1; M. R. s. 22 (1971), 531–538.  Ep. extra coll. 6: the people of Rome had been left in suspense ,post relationem praefecti urbis'. The episode at Milan is placed firmly in the past (3: 'eo tempore . . quo moliebatur'), which excludes the suggestion that it belonged to 381 and that long exile had made Ursinus an 'inveterate intriguer' (Green, 'The Supporters of the Antipope Ursinus', 357).
Ambrose was 'mute', 'unable to speak', and had taken recourse to the pen in order to overcome this disability, just as John the Baptist's father, Zechariah, had recovered his powers of speech by writing his son's name; the reader should therefore not be surprised at his 'audacity'  Ambrose describes himself at De virg. 39 as 'nondum triennalis sacerdos', implying a date in the summer or autumn of 377, when his third anniversary was already in sight.  The conventions are set out by T. Janson, Latin Prose Prefaces (1964), esp.