Reconsidering Eusebius

Collected papers on literary, historical, and theological issues.


Over the last decades, Eusebius has been the focus of a great deal of attention. New light has been shed both on his writings and on his personality, which has led to a welcome re-assessment of his significance. As a result, he is no longer perceived as a mere compiler but as a powerful author who largely contributed to the construction of the orthodox Church's triumphalism. This volume seeks to contribute to the ongoing re-evaluation of Eusebius as an active participant to the construction of late antique history, theology, and literature. The result is an interdisciplinary collection of articles by an international team of scholars who offer innovative papers on one of the most important late antique author.

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Biographical Note

Sabrina Inowlocki, Ph.D. (2003), University of Brussels, is chercheur associé at the Centre interdisciplinaire d'étude des religions et de la laïcité - CIERL, University of Brussels. She has published on Jewish Hellenistic literature and on Eusebius. Her publications include Eusebius and the Jewish Authors, His Citation Technique in an Apologetic Context (Brill 2006).

Claudio Zamagni, Ph.D. (2003), University of Lausanne and E.P.H.E., Paris, is Lecturer at Geneva University. He has published a critical edition of Eusebius' "Gospel Questions and Answers" in the Sources Chrétiennes series (Cerf, 2008)

Review Quotes

"we can only stress the importance of this multi-faceted book that [...] draws the attention of readers on new directions and important interpretations. [...] the whole is of great value and can inspire not only experts on Eusebius, but anyone who is interested in late antiquity, Christian or not." – Spyros P. Panagopoulos, in: Augustinianum 53 (2013)
"...well-edited collection of papers. [...] a welcome addendum to the encyclopedic volume on Eusebius edited by Harold Attridge and Gohei Hata published in 1992 [...] the interdisciplinary approach and the absence of the Church History give the scholars freedom to approach the whole subject from new angles and to focus on less debated issues. [...] the volume is highly recommendable for cherry picking. The papers by Inowlocki, Penland, Schott and Johnson will be of interest to any reader interested in exploring where scholarship on Eusebius is presently headed. However, depending on level and area of interest, readers may find fruiful insights in most of the other papers as well." – Marie Verdoner, in: Theologische Literaturzeitung 137 (2012), 10

Table of contents

J. Patrich, Caesarea in the Time of Eusebius
O. Irshai, Fourth Century Christian Palestinian Politics: A Glimpse at Eusebius of Caesarea’s Local Political Career and Its Nachleben in Christian Memory
M. DelCogliano, The Promotion of the Constantinian Agenda in Eusebius of Caesarea’s On the Feast of Pascha
E. Iricinschi, Good Hebrew, Bad Hebrew: Christians as Triton Genos in Eusebius’ Apologetic Writings
E.C. Penland, Eusebius Philosophus? School Activity at Caesarea Through the Lens of the Martyrs
A.P. Johnson, Eusebius the Educator: The Context of the General Elementary Introduction
S. Morlet, Eusebius’ Polemic Against Porphyry : A Reassessment
C. Zamagni, Eusebius’ Exegesis between Alexandria and Antioch: Being a Scholar in Caesarea (a Test Case from Questions to Stephanos I)
J.M. Schott, Eusebius’ Panegyric on the Building of Churches (HE 10.4.2-72): Aesthetics and the Politics of Christian Architecture
S. Inowlocki, Eusebius’ Construction of a Christian Culture in an Apologetic Context : Reading the Praeparatio evangelica as a Library
W. Adler, Alexander Polyhistor’s Peri Ioudaiôn and Literary Culture in Republican Rome


All those interested in late antique history, religions, and literature.

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