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 precise 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 no making him too Machiavellian. Having synthesized the large complicated of scholarship to be had at the past due fourth century, McLynn additionally offers a magnificent learn of the politics and historical past of the Christian church and the Roman Empire in that period.Admirably and logically geared up, the ebook strains the chronology of Ambrose's public task and reconstructs very important occasions within the fourth century. McLynn's zesty, lucid prose supplies the reader a transparent realizing of the complexities of Ambrose's existence and occupation and of overdue Roman executive.
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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). For references to Proba's subsequent involvement in the controversies over Pelagius and John Chrysostom, and her bequests to the Roman church, see PLRE 1, Proba 3, pp. 731–732. ― 40 ― with the government.  The presence of an unrepentant Auxentius in Milan was an irritating impediment to the pope's pretensions upon this last count.
195] Palladius uses almost exactly the same terms in the following paragraph to describe Ambrose's collusion with a praetorian prefect: 'aeclesias Dei per humanum patrocinium . . vasteres' (Apol. 121). De virginibus begins with an elaborate and somewhat tangled apology. He was writing, he claimed, through fear: 'Mighty necessity' compelled him, as a bishop and therefore a 'trustee' of God's eloquence, to 'invest' that eloquence in the minds of his people; he preferred to do so in writing to spare himself embarrassment, 'for a book does not blush' (De virg.
PLRE 1, pp. 736–740. Probus is discussed by Matthews, Western Aristocracies, 37–38; cf. D. M. Novak, 'Anicianae domus culmen, nobilitatis culmen', Klio 62 (1980), 473–493.  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.