By Richard E. Payne
The upward push of Christianity in Iran trusted the Zoroastrian conception and perform of hierarchical, differentiated inclusion, in line with which Christians, Jews, and others occupied valid areas in Iranian political tradition in positions subordinate to the imperial faith. Christians, for his or her half, located themselves in a political tradition now not in their personal making, with recourse to their very own ideological and institutional assets, starting from the writing of saints’ lives to the judicial arbitration of bishops. In putting the social heritage of East Syrian Christians on the middle of the Iranian imperial tale, A country of Mixture is helping clarify the persistence of a culturally varied empire throughout 4 centuries.
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A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity (Transformation of the Classical Heritage) by Richard E. Payne