By Richard E. Payne
The upward push of Christianity in Iran relied on the Zoroastrian idea and perform of hierarchical, differentiated inclusion, in accordance with which Christians, Jews, and others occupied valid areas in Iranian political tradition in positions subordinate to the imperial faith. Christians, for his or her half, situated themselves in a political tradition no longer in their personal making, with recourse to their very own ideological and institutional assets, starting from the writing of saints’ lives to the judicial arbitration of bishops. In putting the social heritage of East Syrian Christians on the heart of the Iranian imperial tale, A kingdom of Mixture is helping clarify the persistence of a culturally assorted empire throughout 4 centuries.
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A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity (Transformation of the Classical Heritage) by Richard E. Payne