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Review: Demacopoulos, The Invention of Peter

I recently reviewed George Demacopoulos’ The Invention of Peter: Apostolic Discourse and Papal Authority in Late Antiquity (2013), part of the “Divinations” series published by University of Pennsylvania Press, for Classical Journal Online, and thought it may be of interest to some of our readers. You can find it here.

By E.J. Hutchinson

E.J. Hutchinson is Assistant Professor of Classics at Hillsdale College.

3 replies on “Review: Demacopoulos, The Invention of Peter”

How do you define “deliberately eschew the institutional focus that dominated earlier treatments…?” What effect does that have?

Dear John,

I mean that the book is not an institutional history; it is an account of the rhetorical construction of Petrine authority (e.g., in correspondence and biography). It is a literary study rather than a study of the development of “office.”


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