Bishop Eusebius (c. a.d. 260–339), a learned scholar who lived most of his life in Caesarea in Palestine, broke new ground in writing his history of the Church and provided a model for all later ecclesiastical historians. In tracing the history of the Church from the time of Christ to the Great Persecution at the beginning of the fourth century, and ending with the conversion of the Emperor Constantine, he tried to show the purity and continuity of the Christian doctrinal tradition in its struggle against persecutors and heretics. His account is supported by extensive quotations from original sources to a degree previously unknown.
This edition of G.A. Williamson’s clear, fluid transylation is accompanied by an introduction by Andrew Louth discussing the life and works of Eusebius and brief biographies of the figures who appear in the work.