While in Christian Antiquity the letter retained its Classical function of "half a conversation" and "icon of the soul," its use as an administrative tool by the increasingly powerful episcopate, particularly in crisis management, is noteworthy.
On the basis of fifth- and sixth-century episcopal letters, Professor Allen will deal with bishops' management of crises such as population displacement, natural disasters, religious violence, the poverty/wealth chasm, social abuses, and corruption both civil and ecclesiastical.
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