From Defence to Assault

The Transformation of Polemical Strategies in Christian Literature in 300-340

Maijastina Kahlos (University of Helsinki, Finland)

A research project funded by the Finnish Academy 1.8.2006 – 31.7.2011.


Some results of the research project are presented in the monograph Forbearance and Compulsion. Rhetoric of Tolerance and Intolerance in Late Antiquity, Duckworth: London 2009.

The research project From Defence to Assault contributed to the research of the religious and ideological changes that occurred in the Roman world in the course of the fourth century. I traced some fundamental changes in religious atmosphere, focussing on the transformation of Christian apologetics (literary defences of Christianity) into Christian polemic against pagans in 300-340.



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