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Deklamationen und Geschichtsschreibung Im 4. Jh. N. Chr

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The last version of the nineteen Ps.-Quintilian Declamationes Maiores can be dated to the second half of the fourth century A.D. and connected with the pagan position in the conflict between paganism and Christianity. This chapter suggests that declamations 18 and 19 (accusation and defense of a father who killed his own son) may allude indirectly to Constantine's killing of his son Crispus and the latter's step-mother Fausta, an episode pagan historiography, represented by Zosimus and his fourth-century sources, attributed to Constantine's conversion.

Keywords: Christianity; Constantine; Declamationes Maiores; paganism



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