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«Unitas» in Latin Antiquity

Four Centuries of Continuity

Erik Thaddeus Walters

Following a survey of 20 th century scholarship’s various interpretations of unitas as employed by the mid-3 rd 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 st century BCE through the early 4 th century CE. A synthesis subsequently is rendered possible, and continuity in the term’s meaning without change, confusion, or contradiction remains a hallmark.
Contents: History of Controversy – Unitas – Oneness – Unity – Trinity – Latin Antiquity – Ante-Nicene – North Africa – Roman Empire – Third Century CE – Varro – Celsus – Columella – Seneca – Pliny the Elder – Tertullian – Novatian – Cyprian of Carthage – Maurice Bévenot – Cyprianic Scholarship – Christian – Pagan – Persecution – Supplicatio – Classics – Ecclesiology – Ecumenism – History – Jurisprudence – Law – Linguistics – Literature – Philology – Philosophy – Political Science – Religion – Sociology – Text Criticism – Theology.