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Preface xi Abbeviations xii General Introduction p.1 I. The Life of Ambrose of Milan p.3 II. The Letters of Ambrose of Milan p.27 Translation and Commentary Letters, Book Ten Letters on Matters Arising from the Council of Capua Introduction to episulate 70 and 71 p.49 Epistula 70 (Maur. 56) to Theophilus, bishop of Alexandria (392) p.52 Epistula 71 (Maur. 56a) to the bishops of Macedonia (393) p.56 Letters on the Altar of Victory Introduction to episulate 72, 72a and 73 p.61 Epistula 72 (Maur. 17) to the emperor Valntinian II (384) p. 62 Epistula 72a (Maur. 17a): Symmachus' Third Relatio to Valentinian p.69 Epistula 73 (Maur. 18) Ambrose's formal reply to Symmachus (384) p.78 Letters on the destruction of the Synagogue at Callinicum Epistula 74 (Maur. 40) = Epistula extra collectionem 1a to the emperor Theodosius (388/389) p.95 Appendix: Epistula extra collectionem 1 (Maur.41), to Ambrose's sister Marcellina (388/389) p.111 Ambrose's Conflict with the empress Justina at Milan Introduction to Episulate 75, 75a, 76 and 77 p.124 Epistula 75 (Maur. 21) to the emperor Valentinian II (AD 386) p. 136 Epistula 75a (Maur. 21a), also known as Contra Auxentium (386) p.142 Epistula 76 (Maur. 20) to Ambrose's sister, Marcellina (386) p.160 Oration on the Death of Theodosius I Introduction p.174 De Obitu Thdosii (395) p.177 Letter on the discovery of the relics of Gervasius and Protasius Epistula 77 (Maur. 22) to Ambrose's sister, Marcellina (386) p.204 Letters outside the Collection (Epistulae extra collectionem) Note on Epistulate extra collectionem 1 and 1a p.215 Letter to Theodosius I on his Victory over Usurper Eugenius Epistula extra collectionem 2 (Maur. 61): Ambrose to the emperor Theodosius I (394) p.216 Epistula extra collectionem 3 (Maur. 62): Ambrose to the emperor Theodosius I (394) p. 218 Letters of the Council of Aquileia (AD 381) Epistula extra collectionem 4 (Maur. 10): the bishops of the council to the emperors of Gratain, Valentinian II, and Theodosius I (381) p.221 Epistula extra collectionem 5 (Maur. 11): the bishops of the council to the emperors of Gratain, Valentinian II, and Theodosius I (381) p.227 The Council of Aquileia and the Decisions of the Council of Constantinople Introduction to Epistula extra collectionem 6 (Maur. 12), 8 (Maur. 14) and 9 (Maur. 13) p.231 Notes on the order of the letters p.233 Epistula extra collectionem 6 (Maur. 12): the bishops of the council to the emperors Gratian, Valentinian II, and Theodosius I (381) p. 234 Epistula extra collectionem 9 (Maur. 13): Ambrose and the Italian bishops to the emperor Theodosius I (381) p.237 Epistula extra collectionem 8 (Maur. 14): Ambrose and the Italian bishops to the emperor Theodosius I (382) p.241 Petition of a Roman Council to the Emperors Gratian and Valentinian II Introduction p. 244 Epistula extra collectionem 7: the council to the emperors Gratian and Valentinian II (378) p.248 Letter on the altar of the Victory Introduction p.255 Epistula extra collectionem 10 (Maur. 57) Ambrose to the usurper Eugenius (394) p.256 Letter on the massacre at Thessalonica Introduction p.262 Epistula extra collectionem 11 (Maur 51): Ambrose to the emperor theodosius I (390) p. 263 Letters of Ambrose and Gratian Letter of the emperor Gratian to Ambrose (379) p. 270 Epistula extra collectionem 12 (Maur. 1): Ambrose to the emperor Gratian (379) p. 272 Letter on the date of Easter Introduction p. 278 Epistula extra collectionem 13 (Maur. 23): Ambrose to the bishops of Aemilia (386) p. 281 Asceticism and Dissension at Vercelli and the Affair of Jovinianus Epistula extra collectionem 14 (Maur. 63): Ambrose to the church of Vercelli (396) p.292 Letter of Pope Siricius (Maur. 41a) p. 336 Epistula extra collectionem 15 (Maur. 42): Ambrose and his fellow bishops to Pope Siricius (393) p.339 Apendices Appendix I: Ambrose and Magnus Maximus Introduction p.349 Epistula extra collectionem 30 (Maur. 24): Ambrose to the emperor Valentinian II (date uncertain) p. 352 Appendix II: Ambrose's Funeral Oration on the Death of Valentinian II (De Obitu Valentiniani) Introduction p.358 De Obitu Valentiniani (392) p.364 Glossary p.400 Bibliography .405 Maps p.415 Index p.419

About the Author

J. H. W. G. Liebeschuetz is Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Nottingham, a Fellow of the British Academy, and Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute, and was a member of the European Science Foundation 'Transformation of the Roman World' Project 1992-97.


The translations in Liebeschuetz's volume are clear and precise, and they are accompanied by informative introductions and rigorous notes... an invaluable tool for students of Ambrose, early Christian political thinking and imperial-episcopal relations. [Ambrose's]... letters have been translated and commented on with rare independence of mind by Liebeschuetz in his Ambrose of Milan: Political Letters and Speeches.

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