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A: Alan Ayckbourn Pf: 1978, Scarborough Pb: 1979 G: Com. in ...


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Michael Williams

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity

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...of Nola . Nevertheless, ‘senatorial bishops’ remained rare in the West outside Gaul . Most bishops belonged to the civic aristocracy ; others had undistinguished or even servile origins. Bishops were generally respectable, but the pagan senator Praetextatus was certainly joking when he contemplated becoming Bishop of Rome. Within the community The bishop’s unrenounceable role was that of priest: celebrating the liturgy , administering the sacraments, and preaching sermons . He provided his community with access to the divine. The anxiety that arose...