As the Editor in Chief observes in her Preface (vii), it was a fortunate result of chance that the main articles deal with historians, on the one hand, the Hellenistic authors Polybius and Diodorus Siculus, and on the other, from late-antiquity, Zosimus
Historicus, Procopius of Caesarea, and the fictitious Dares Phrygius, the latter once believed to be primus fere historicorum.
The topics include the Donatist conflict as seen by Constantine and the bishops, controversy and debate over sexual matters in the western church during the fourth century, Pope Zosimus
and the western churches about 417-18, the Spanish Catholic bishops and the Arian kingdom of Toledo from Vouille to Leovigild, and the bishops and Byzantine intervention in Hispania.
Matthew, and the late antique History of the Rechabites, attributed to a holy man by the name of Zosimus
The topics include Paul's Narratio (Gal 1:13-2:14) as response to the Galatian conflict, the use of Isaiah 28:11-12 in 1 Corinthians 14:21, controlling the narrative surrounding the deposition of John Chrysostom, Zosimus
and the Gallic churches, Christian-Jewish conflict in light of Heraclius' forced conversion and the beginning of Islam, and John of Damascus and Theopanes the confessor as examples of the earliest Greek understanding of Islam.
They range from Pope Agatho, who headed the church from in the late 7th century, to Pope Zosimus
, who was pope for 10 months in the early 5th century.
See "Council of Mileum II 416, approved by Innocent and Council of Carthage (XVI) 418, approved by Zosimus
," The Souces of Catholic Dogma, ed.
He makes less use of the account of Zosimus
, a late-fifth-century pagan who portrayed Constantine as a violent ruler who was politically motivated in the worst sense of that term.
The Byzantine historian Zosimus
recorded the Roman perfidy and its predictable result: "The tribunes and other officers .
Writing two hundred years later in the 490s, the fiercely anti-Christian historian, Zosimus
, recorded what he claimed were the real reasons for Constantine's adherence to his new religion.
When Saint Mary of Egypt tells Zosimus
that she cannot show herself to him because she is completely naked, she specifies that she is, eallunga lichamlicum waefelsum bereafod ("bereft of clothing for my whole body").
There are virtually no citations from original sources, and worse yet, the non-specialist reader will not even encounter the name of such major sources as Herodian, Zosimus
, and Ammianus Marcellinus.
Another dream features a vision of the god Sarapis, who cures Aristides of excessive grief at the death of his foster father, Zosimus
, by making an incision in Aristides' mouth in a long line running beneath his gums, a "cleansing" that allows Aristides to recover (3.