Maria E. Doerfler is assistant professor of the history of Christianity in Late Antiquity at Duke Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina. Her research focuses on the development of Christianity in its social and political context during the first six centuries of the Common Era, including a new book on intersection of Roman law and monastic and clerical formation at the turn of the fifth century.
The history of the church's relationship with governing authorities unfolds from its beginnings at the intersection of apprehension and acceptance, collaboration and separation. This volume is dedicated to helping students chart this complex narrative through early Christian writings from the first six centuries of the Common Era.
Church and Empire is part of Ad Fontes: Early Christian Sources, a series designed to present ancient Christian texts essential to an understanding of Christian theology, ecclesiology, and practice.