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By Kate Cooper

Edward Gibbon laid the autumn of the Roman Empire at Christianity's door, suggesting that 'pusillanimous adolescence hottest the penance of the monastic to the risks of an army existence ... entire legions have been buried in those non secular sanctuaries'. This extraordinary research means that, faraway from seeing Christianity because the explanation for the autumn of the Roman Empire, we should always comprehend the Christianisation of the loved ones as a crucial Roman survival process. by way of setting up new 'ground ideas' for marriage and family members existence, the Roman Christians of the final century of the Western empire stumbled on how to re-invent the Roman kin as a social establishment to climate the political, army, and social upheaval of 2 centuries of invasion and civil struggle. In doing so, those women and men - either clergy and lay - came upon themselves altering either what it intended to be Roman, and what it intended to be Christian.

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