Following a survey of 20
century scholarship’s various interpretations of
unitas as employed by the mid-3
century CE’s Cyprian of Carthage, this volume introduces an innovative hermeneutic that utilizes a contextual analysis of all 233 instances of the term meaning «oneness/unity» in extant Latin literature’s Pagan and ante-Nicene Christian authors from the 1
century BCE through the early 4
century CE. A synthesis subsequently is rendered possible, and continuity in the term’s meaning without change, confusion, or contradiction remains a hallmark.