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Paganism in the Roman Empire

Author : Ramsay MacMullen
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"MacMullen...has published several books in recent years which establish him, rightfully, as a leading social historian of the Roman Empire. The current volume exhibits many of the characteristics of its predecessors: the presentation of novel, revisionist points of view...; discrete set pieces of trenchant argument which do not necessarily conform to the boundaries of traditional history; and an impressive, authoritative, and up-to-date documentation, especially rich in primary sources...A stimulating and provocative discourse on Roman paganism as a phenomenon worthy of synthetic investigation in its own right and as the fundamental context for the rise of Christianity.”--Richard Brilliant, History "MacMullen’s latest work represents many features of paganism in its social context more vividly and clearly than ever before.”--Fergus Millar, American Historical Review "The major cults...are examined from a social and cultural perspective and with the aid of many recently published specialized studies...Students of the Roman Empire...should read this book.”--Robert J, Penella, Classical World "A distinguished book with much exact observation...An indispensable mine of erudition on a grand theme.” Henry Chadwick, Times Literary Supplement Ramsay MacMullen is Dunham Professor of History and Classics at Yale University and the author of Roman Government’s Response to Crisis, A.D. 235-337 and Roman Social Relations, 50 B.C. to A.D. 284

The Destruction of Paganism in the Roman Empire from Constantine to Justinian

Author : Gilbert E. A. Grindle
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Paganism to Christianity in the Roman Empire

Author : Walter Woodburn Hyde
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Pagan Gods and Shrines of the Roman Empire

Author : Martin Henig
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Christian and Pagan in the Roman Empire

Author : Tertullian
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In this volume, Robert D. Sider undertakes a judicious pruning of the original texts and brings a fresh accessibility to the important writings of Tertullian.

The History of the Extinction of Paganism in the Roman Empire Viewed in Relation to the Evidences of Christianity

Author : John Bickford Heard
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Pagans and Christians in the Late Roman Empire

Author : Marianne Saghy
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Do the terms ?pagan? and ?Christian,? ?transition from paganism to Christianity? still hold as explanatory devices to apply to the political, religious and cultural transformation experienced Empire-wise? Revisiting ?pagans? and ?Christians? in Late Antiquity has been a fertile site of scholarship in recent years: the paradigm shift in the interpretation of the relations between ?pagans? and ?Christians? replaced the old ?conflict model? with a subtler, complex approach and triggered the upsurge of new explanatory models such as multiculturalism, cohabitation, cooperation, identity, or group cohesion. This collection of essays, inscribes itself into the revisionist discussion of pagan-Christian relations over a broad territory and time-span, the Roman Empire from the fourth to the eighth century. A set of papers argues that if ?paganism? had never been fully extirpated or denied by the multiethnic educated elite that managed the Roman Empire, ?Christianity? came to be presented by the same elite as providing a way for a wider group of people to combine true philosophy and right religion. The speed with which this happened is just as remarkable as the long persistence of paganism after the sea-change of the fourth century that made Christianity the official religion of the State. For a long time afterwards, ?pagans? and ?Christians? lived ?in between? polytheistic and monotheist traditions and disputed Classical and non-Classical legacies. ÿ

Paganism in the Roman Empire

Author : Ramsay MacMullen
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The History of Christianity

Author : Henry Hart Milman
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The Destruction of Paganism in the Roman Empire from Constantine to Justinian

Author : Gilbert Edmund Augustine Grindle
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Excerpt from The Destruction of Paganism in the Roman Empire From Constantine to Justinian: The Chancellor's Essay, 1892 Though the Romans to some extent brought about religious uniformity in the Empire by spreading the worship of their own gods, and by adopting those of their subjects, there was, of course, no such religion as Paganism - only a body of cults, not welded into a coherent whole, and presenting themselves under many different aspects.1 The ceremonies and institutions of the old national faith hardly answered to any religious needs. The higher aspirations of the time found an outlet in the ecstatic devotion awakened by foreign rites and by the mysteries. But the worship of the deities of Olympus was the religion of the State, and, as such, was bound up with all the ordinary acts of life. The horror with which the Christian looked on the games, even on the blood less combats of the circus, was justified by their intimate connection with Paganism; 9 nor could he avoid the pollution of demon-worship, as it seemed to him, in the transactions of the forum, or the deliberations of the Senate. Public life in Rome necessitated continual contact with, if not participa tion in, the forms of the old worship. The national religion appealed too, to the patriotism of all true sons of the Empire. The religion of Numa, s the nobles loved to call their strange medley of cults, gas bound up with the past glories of Rome. '\the enthusiasm which the Vestal Virgins evoked was due to the fact that they were regarded as links with the past, rather than to any religious significance attached to their functions. On purely political or sentimental grounds, then, the Roman nobles were deeply attached to Pagan forms of worship. They delighted in adding to their names the old titles of pontifex and augur, and derived from them much of their social And the administration of the Empire was in the hands of the nobles, nor could the most Christian emperors carry on their government without them. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Pagans and Christians in the Roman Empire

Author : Peter Brown
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Scholars of the last generation devoted much attention to Late Antiquity: to its institutions, economy, social relationships, culture. Nevertheless, it was thanks to Arnaldo Momigliano that not inferior consideration has been given to religion as an important factor of transformation and development. Fifthy years after the publication of his The Conflict between Paganism and Christianity (Oxford in 1963), a group of scholars wanted to reflect on the relationships between Pagans and Christians, in order to measure how much his legacy has been developed by the contemporary research.

Apologetics in the Roman Empire

Author : Mark J. Edwards
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This book is the first to tackle the origins and purpose of literary religious apologetic in the first centuries of the Christian era by discussing, on their own terms, texts composed by pagan and Jewish authors as well as Christians. Previous studies of apologetic have focused primarily on the Christian apologists of the second century. These, and other Christian authors, are represented also in this volume but, in addition, experts in the religious history of the pagan world, in Judaism, and in late antique philosophy examine very different literary traditions to see to what extent techniques and motifs were shared across the religious divide. Each contributor has investigated the probable audience, the literary milieu, and the specific social, political, and cultural circumstances which elicited each apologetic text. In many cases these questions lead on to the further issue of the relation between the readers addressed by the author and the actual readers, and the extent to which a defined literary genre of apologetic developed. These studies, ranging in time from the New Testament to the early fourth century, and including novel contributions by specialists in ancient history, Jewish history, ancient philosophy, the New Testament, and patristics, will put the study of ancient religious apologetic on to a new footing.

Pagan Rome and the Early Christians

Author : Stephen Benko
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Examines the basis for the accusations made by pagan Romans against the Christians and discusses the reactions of the Christians to these charges

The Matter of the Gods

Author : Clifford Ando
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What did the Romans know about their gods? Why did they perform the rituals of their religion, & what motivated them to change those rituals? Clifford Ando explores the answers to these questions, pursuing a variety of themes essential to the study of religion in history.

Paganism in the Roman Empire

Author : Ramsay MacMullen
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"MacMullen...has published several books in recent years which establish him, rightfully, as a leading social historian of the Roman Empire. The current volume exhibits many of the characteristics of its predecessors: the presentation of novel, revisionist points of view...; discrete set pieces of trenchant argument which do not necessarily conform to the boundaries of traditional history; and an impressive, authoritative, and up-to-date documentation, especially rich in primary sources...A stimulating and provocative discourse on Roman paganism as a phenomenon worthy of synthetic investigation in its own right and as the fundamental context for the rise of Christianity.”--Richard Brilliant, History "MacMullen’s latest work represents many features of paganism in its social context more vividly and clearly than ever before.”--Fergus Millar, American Historical Review "The major cults...are examined from a social and cultural perspective and with the aid of many recently published specialized studies...Students of the Roman Empire...should read this book.”--Robert J, Penella, Classical World "A distinguished book with much exact observation...An indispensable mine of erudition on a grand theme.” Henry Chadwick, Times Literary Supplement Ramsay MacMullen is Dunham Professor of History and Classics at Yale University and the author of Roman Government’s Response to Crisis, A.D. 235-337 and Roman Social Relations, 50 B.C. to A.D. 284

Pagan City and Christian Capital

Author : John R. Curran
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The critical century between the arrival of Constantine and the advance of Alaric in the early fifth century witnessed dramatic changes in the city of Rome. In this book Dr. Curran has broken away from the usual notions of religious conflict between Christians and pagans, to focus on a number of approaches to the Christianization of Rome. He surveys the laws and political considerations which governed the building policy of Constantine and his successors, the effect of papal building and commemorative constructions on Roman topography, the continuing ambivalence of the Roman festal calendar, and the conflict between Christians over asceticism and "real" Christianity. Thus using analytical, literary, and legal evidence Dr Curran explains the way in which the landscape, civic life, and moral values of Rome were transformed by complex and sometimes paradoxical forces, laying the foundation for the capital of medieval Christendom. Through a study of Rome as a city Dr Curran explores the rise of Christianity and the decline of paganism in the later Roman empire.

The Development of Paganism in the Roman Empire

Author : Arthur Darby Nock
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Christianity and Pagan Culture in the Later Roman Empire

Author : Max Ludwig Wolfram Laistner
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Christians and Pagans in Roman Britain Routledge Revivals

Author : Dorothy Watts
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In Christians and Pagans in Roman Britain, first published in 1991, Professor Dorothy Watts sets out to distinguish possible Pagan features in Romano-British Christianity in the period leading up to and immediately following the withdrawal of Roman forces in AD 410. Watts argues that British Christianity at the time contained many Pagan influences, suggesting that the former, although it had been present in the British Isles for some two centuries, was not nearly as firmly established as in other parts of the Empire. Building on recent developments in the archaeology of Roman Britain, and utilising a nuanced method for deciphering the significance of objects with ambiguous religious identities, Christians and Pagans in Roman Britain will be of interest to classicists, students of the history of the British Isles, Church historians, and also to those generally interested in the place of Christianity during the twilight of the Western Roman Empire.

Pagans and Christians in Late Antiquity

Author : A. D. Lee
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In this book A.D. Lee charts the rise to dominance of Christianity in the Roman empire. Using translated texts he explains the fortunes of both Pagans and Christians from the upheavals of the 3rd Century to the increasingly tumultuous times of the 5th and 6th centuries. The book also examines important themes in Late Antiquity such as the growth of monasticism, the emerging power of bishops and the development of pilgrimage, and looks at the fate of other significant religious groups including the Jews, Zoroastrians and Manichaeans.