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MacMullen, Ramsay 1928-

Works: 89 works in 517 publications in 3 languages and 24,624 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Sources  Records and correspondence  Conference papers and proceedings  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works about Ramsay MacMullen
Most widely held works by Ramsay MacMullen
Christianizing the Roman Empire : (A.D. 100-400) by Ramsay MacMullen( Book )

20 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 3,359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How did the early Christian church manage to win its dominant place in the Roman world? In his newest book, an eminent historian of ancient Rome examines this question from a secular rather than an ecclesiastical viewpoint. MacMullen's provocative conclusion is that mass conversions to Christianity were based more on the appeal of miracle or the opportunity for worldly advantages than simply on a "rising tide of Christian piety."--Back cover
Christianity and paganism in the fourth to eighth centuries by Ramsay MacMullen( )

28 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and French and held by 2,962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ramsay MacMullen investigates the transition from paganism to Christianity between the fourth and eighth centuries. He reassesses the triumph of Christianity, contending that it was neither tidy nor quick, and he shows that the two religious systems were both vital during an interactive period that lasted far longer than historians have previously believed." "MacMullen explores the influences of paganism and Christianity upon each other. In a rich discussion of the different strengths of the two systems, he demonstrates that pagan beliefs were not eclipsed or displaced by Christianity but persisted or were transformed. The victory of the Christian church, he explains, was one not of obliteration but of widening embrace and assimilation. This fascinating book also includes new material on the Christian persecution of pagans over the centuries through methods that ranged from fines to crucifixion; the mixture of motives in conversion; the stubbornness of pagan resistance; the difficulty of satisfying the demands and expectations of new converts; and the degree of assimilation of Christianity to paganism."--Jacket
Romanization in the time of Augustus by Ramsay MacMullen( )

25 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and French and held by 2,259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the lifetime of Augustus (from 63 B.C. to A.D. 14), Roman civilization spread at a remarkable rate throughout the ancient world, influencing such areas as art and architecture, religion, law, local speech, city design, clothing, and leisure and family activities. In his newest book, Ramsay MacMullen investigates why the adoption of Roman ways was so prevalent during this period." "Drawing largely on archaeological sources, MacMullen discovers that during this period more than half a million Roman veterans were resettled in colonies overseas, and an additional hundred or more urban centers in the provinces took on normal Italian-Roman town constitutions. Great sums of expendable wealth came into the hands of ambitious Roman and local notables, some of which was spent in establishing and advertising Roman ways. MacMullen argues that acculturation of the ancient world was due not to cultural imperialism on the part of the conquerors but to eagerness of imitation among the conquered, and that the Romans were able to respond with surprisingly effective techniques of mass production and standardization."--Jacket
Voting about God in early church councils by Ramsay MacMullen( )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and French and held by 2,171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What was it like to be a bishop in the early church voting on what God's law should be? How did bishops who disagreed about God's law conduct themselves? Often they were raucous, riotous, even violent in settling disputes. Ramsay MacMullen steps aside from the well-worn path that previous scholars have trod to explore exactly how early Christian doctrines became official. Drawing on extensive verbatim stenographic records, he analyzes the ecumenical councils from A.D. 325 to 553, in which participants gave authority to doctrinal choices by majority vote."--Jacket
Constantine by Ramsay MacMullen( Book )

41 editions published between 1969 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study, first published in 1969, presents an astute and authoritative depiction of the cultural, religious and secular developments which shook the Roman world in the late 3rd and early 4th centuries AD, much of it under the auspices of the Emperor, Constantine the Great. Constantine was at the heart of the transition from pagan antiquity to Christendom. Rejecting the collegiate imperial system of his recent predecessors, he reunited the two halves of the Empire; established Christianity as its formal religion; and shifted the capital of the Roman world defi
Paganism in the Roman Empire by Ramsay MacMullen( Book )

25 editions published between 1981 and 1987 in English and French and held by 1,543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Corruption and the decline of Rome by Ramsay MacMullen( Book )

22 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in English and French and held by 1,519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prominent historian Ramsay MacMullen here offers a new perspective on the decline and fall of Rome. MacMullen argues that a key factor in Rome’s fall was the steady loss of focus and control over government as its aims were thwarted for private gain by high-ranking bureaucrats and military leaders. Written in an informal and lively style, his book-the culmination of years of research and thoughtful analysis-provides a fascinating, fresh line of investigation and shows convincingly that the decline of Rome was a gradual, insidious process rather than a climactic event.“An important book which will initiate a long debate. . . . What is new in MacMullen’s argument is not the existence of this corruption but its sheer scale and long-term global effects. . . . A vivid and frightening picture of how a great state and civilization, the construction of centuries of painfully acquired political culture, can be cripplingly undermined.”-Stephen Williams, History Today“A powerful account of the vices of late Roman society, which certainly helps us to understand some aspects of its partial fall.”-Jasper Griffin, New York Review of Books“All students of history must welcome this wide-ranging book from so eminent an authority. MacMullen’s knowledge of the ancient evidence is encyclopedic and his deceptively casual style and deliberate avoidance of technical terms make this an accessible and stimulating book for the general reader as well as for the specialist.”-Jill Harries, International History Review“MacMullen’s book is excellent: rich and learned in detail, lively in style, and in argument and insights highly stimulating.”-S. J. B. Barnish, Times Higher Education Supplement
Enemies of the Roman order : treason, unrest, and alienation in the Empire by Ramsay MacMullen( Book )

54 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in English and held by 1,502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman social relations, 50 B.C. to A.D. 284 by Ramsay MacMullen( Book )

35 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

“In this interesting and suggestive book, Professor MacMullen views anew an important and rather neglected aspect of Roman social relations. A perceptive and sensitive interpreter, he has drawn widely upon the scattered and unorganized evidence about the poorer classes, rural and urban, in much of the Roman Empire, and presents a fresh picture of their conditions, attitudes and aims.”-T. Robert S. Broughton“Ramsay MacMullen’s work is always provocative and illuminating. This book is no exception…Through good writing, clear presentation, and outstanding common-sense judgment the author has given us chapters to be read with pleasure by a large audience. Specialist or not…This fine book represents for us what we may legitimately know of ancient society.”-American Historical Review“Much of the evidence which MacMullen uses in his narrative is illuminating, much of the analysis and argument lucid and compelling….Roman Social Relations is an interesting and lively book [that] should certainly be read by anyone interested in the social history of the ancient world.”-Journal of Social HistoryRamsay MacMullen is the author of Paganism in the Roman Empire and Roman Government’s Response to Crisis, A.D. 235-337, among other works. He is Dunham Professor of History and Classics at Yale University and is currently president of the Association of Ancient Historians
Changes in the Roman empire : essays in the ordinary by Ramsay MacMullen( )

24 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and held by 999 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman government's response to crisis, A.D. 235-337 by Ramsay MacMullen( Book )

18 editions published between 1976 and 2002 in English and held by 978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soldier and civilian in the later Roman Empire by Ramsay MacMullen( Book )

30 editions published between 1963 and 1980 in English and Spanish and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peacetime activities and daily life of Roman soldiers during the period 200 A.D.-400 A.D
The second church : popular Christianity A.D. 200-400 by Ramsay MacMullen( )

19 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 808 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christianity in the century both before and after Constantine s conversion is familiar thanks to the written sources; now Ramsay MacMullen, in his fifth book on ancient Christianity, considers especially the unwritten evidence. He uses excavation reports about hundreds of churches of the fourth century to show what worshipers did in them and in the cemeteries where most of them were built. What emerges, in this richly illustrated work, is a religion that ordinary Christians, by far the majority, practiced in a different and largely forgotten second church. The picture fits with textual evidence that has been often misunderstood or little noticed. The first church the familiar one governed by bishops in part condemned, in part tolerated, and in part re-shaped the church of the many. Even together, however, the two constituted by the end of the period studied (AD 400) a total of the population far smaller than has ever been suggested. Better estimates are now made for the first time from quantifiable data, that is, from the physical space available for attendance in places of worship. Reassessment raises very large questions about the place of religion in the life of the times and in the social composition of both churches
The earliest Romans : a character sketch by Ramsay MacMullen( )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A vibrant account that puts flesh on the bare bones of early Roman history."--Celia Schultz, University of Michigan The ancient Romans' story down to 264 B.C. can be made credible by stripping away their later myths and inventions to show how their national character shaped their destiny. After many generations of scholarly study, consensus is clear: the account in writers like Livy is not to be trusted because their aims were different from ours in history-writing. They wanted their work to be both improving and diverting. It should grow out of the real past, yes, but if that reality couldn't be recovered, or was uncertain, their art did not forbid invention. It more than tolerated dramatic incidents, passions, heroes, heroines, and villains. If, however, all this resulting ancient fiction and adornment are pruned away, a national character can be seen in the remaining bits and pieces of credible information, to explain the familiar story at least in its outlines. To doubt the written sources has long been acceptable, but this or that detail or narrative section must always be left for salvage by special pleading. To press home the logic of doubt is new. To reach beyond the written sources for a better support in excavated evidence is no novelty; but it is a novelty, to find in archeology the principal substance of the narrative--which is the choice in this book. To use this in turn for the discovery of an ethnic personality, a Roman national character, is key and also novel. What is repeatedly illustrated and emphasized here is the distance traveled by the art or craft of understanding the past--"history" in that sense--over the course of the last couple of centuries. The art cannot be learned, because it cannot be found, through studying Livy and Company. Readers who care about either of the two disciplines contrasted, Classics and History, may find this argument of interest. "Like Thucydides of the hyperactive Athenians and de Tocqueville of the nation-building Americans, MacMullen here draws a character sketch of the early Romans--the men who built Rome, conquered Italy, and created an empire. Based on profound familiarity with history, evidence, and their better-known descendants, attention to what they did and failed to do, remarkable insight, empathy, constructive imagination, and not without humor, he reconstructs the homo Romanus and thus helps us imagine what he was like, and understand why he achieved what he did. This little book is informative, full of important ideas, and delightful to read."--Kurt Raaflaub, Brown University Jacket image: Marcus Fabius and Quintus Tannius. Fresco. Musei Capitolini, Rome, Italy. Courtesy of Scala / Art Resource, NY
Paganism and Christianity, 100-425 C.E. : a sourcebook by Eugene Lane( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do we do what we do? : motivation in history and the social sciences by Ramsay MacMullen( )

12 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book tries to explain how decisions to act develop in the mind. Emphasis is on group decisions not only of the present but also from the past, where laboratory techniques can't apply. What emerges is a description of a process rather than the definition of a word. The description points to kinds of data that need special consideration: data regarding ideas of right and wrong, cultural traditions, emotional packaging
Feelings in history, ancient and modern by Ramsay MacMullen( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and French and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pour l'auteur, l'historien doit lire les documents avec son coeur autant qu'avec son esprit. L'historiographie moderne a sous-estimé le rôle de l'affectivité dans la causalité historique. A travers les exemples de Thucydide et des historiens de Rome, de l'école des "Annales" et du mouvement antiesclavagiste aux Etats-Unis, ce sont les motivations des protagonistes que l'on cherche ici à percer
Sisters of the brush : their family, art, life, and letters 1797-1833 by Ramsay MacMullen( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sarah's choice, 1828-1832 by Sarah Dwight Woolsey( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The well-being of children : philosophical and social scientific approaches by Ramsay MacMullen( )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume explores the questions related to the theory, practice, and policy of the well-being and well-becoming of children. It does so in a truly interdisciplinary way with a focus on the social sciences and philosophy, giving therefore justice to the growing insight that studying and promoting the well-being of children has a strong ethical component. It is dependent on the questions of good life, its conditions and cannot be separated from the concept of social justice and moral entitlements of children and their families. In this book, philosophers and social scientists, in close dialogue, shed light on some of the most challenging matters involved
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Christianizing the Roman Empire : (A.D. 100-400)
Christianity and paganism in the fourth to eighth centuriesRomanization in the time of AugustusVoting about God in early church councilsPaganism in the Roman EmpireCorruption and the decline of RomeRoman social relations, 50 B.C. to A.D. 284Changes in the Roman empire : essays in the ordinaryThe second church : popular Christianity A.D. 200-400
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