Imperial Involvement in Education and Theology: Constantine to Constantius II



This article discusses the phenomenon of imperial involvement in Christian theological debate during the reign of Constantius II. It asks what the imperial interest would have been in getting involved in Christian theological debate and what would have equipped, or qualified, an emperor to do so with at least some expectation of success. Against the wider background of these specific questions the article also discusses more generally the nature of early Christian approaches to higher education, the permutations and the status of Christian theology within the traditional (Graeco-Roman) educational framework and the changes that took place in the area of higher education towards the end of antiquity.


classical educationearly Christian theologyConstantineConstantius II
  • Year: 2019
  • Volume: 13
  • Page/Article: 22-41
  • DOI: 10.18573/jlarc.114
  • Published on 15 Dec 2019