By Michael Barthorp

ISBN-10: 0713716584

ISBN-13: 9780713716580

Hardcover ebook with dirt jacket, now not depicted, is an historical past of the Boer Wars. Many illustrations. writer is Michael Barthorp.

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As at Caesarea, this devotion to old age had nothing to do with Christian influences; rather it had a profound impact on the structure of Christian practices and institutions in their local African form. How many other urban communities in Africa had factions that engaged in catervae? And did these traditional violent rituals, where they existed, spill into the new religious factionalism of the fourth and fifth centuries? We do not know. What can be noted are a few circumstantial details. Few cities of the late empire of any size escaped violent factionalism of some kind.

In the sectarian violence that rent the Christian communities of Africa in the fourth and fifth centuries, gangs of young men and women called circumcellions gathered in loose bands of violent proclivity.  More important is the rituallike nature of low-level violence in forging local identities in every city, town, and village. So the people of Caesarea divided into two mortally hostile sides and the two opposing camps maintaining a brutal and vicious combat from one generation to the next, having been taught to do so by their ancestors for some primeval cause that was now dim in memory.

According to one’s point of view, these men either constituted themselves as “the people” who were enforcing popular justice or they were a crazed lynch mob. The “bad man” was not just killed by popular action.  Whatever he had done had roused the ire and the frustrated hatred of a community. The crowd thought their actions to be a kind of popular justice, however rough, and the death of the official to be a well-deserved punishment. In what appears to be an angry disciplinary sermon, Augustine reprimanded his Christian parishioners who had participated in the riot.

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