What Eusebius Knew: The Genesis of the "Vita Constantini"

@article{Drake1988WhatEK,
  title={What Eusebius Knew: The Genesis of the "Vita Constantini"},
  author={Harold Allen Drake},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  year={1988},
  volume={83},
  pages={20 - 38}
}
  • H. Drake
  • Published 1 January 1988
  • History
  • Classical Philology
T HE CLOSE RELATIONSHIP between Eusebius of Caesarea and the subject of his biographical essay De vita Constantini (VC) long was a given of modern scholarship. In the fifteenth century, Reginald Pecock could take it for granted that Eusebius "was lyuyng and conuersaunt with. . . Constantyn, and was as priuey with Constantyn in the counceilis of his herte and of his conscience, as a confessour."' Lately, however, this assumption has come under suspicion, with the author of a major study… 
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