115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

"Snatched from the Tribunals, Carried off from the Vanities of This World": The Rhetoric of Corruption in the Election of Ambrose of Milan

Tim Watson, California State University, Northridge

That Ambrose, the first senatorial aristocrat elected bishop, assumed his ecclesiastical office reluctantly, the ancient sources are unanimous.  Modern scholarship has largely confined itself to gauging the sincerity of the bishop of Milan's reluctance.  This paper will instead analyze how such passages fit within the larger rhetoric and discourse of corruption embedded within the Ambrosian corpus.

Proposal: 

That Aurelius Ambrosius (339 – 397 CE), the first senatorial aristocrat elected bishop, assumed his ecclesiastical office reluctantly, the ancient sources are unanimous.  Modern scholarship, when examining Ambrose’s reluctance, has largely confined itself to gauging the sincerity of the bishop of Milan.  This paper will instead analyze how such passages fit within the larger rhetoric and discourse of corruption embedded within the Ambrosian corpus.

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