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pp. ii-iv

Contents

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pp. v-v

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Introduction

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pp. vii-xiii

On the cover of this book there is an illustration from a fifteenth century manuscript which contains Books I-X of Augustine’s City of God in the French translation of Raoul de Presles.1 Augustine’s text is illuminated with numerous magnificent miniatures by ‘maître François’, who was working in Paris around 1480. In The City of God Augustine launches ...

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The Spooky Heritage of Ancient Paganisms

Ludo Milis

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pp. 1-17

Snorri Sturluson’s early thirteenth-century Heimskringla reports the deeds of King Olaf Haraldsson of Norway who lived in the eleventh century. The king appears in the Thing, the people’s assembly, and hopes to convince its members to join Christianity. Gudbrand, the main opponent of conversion, says they already have a God, a ‘terrible and very ...

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De-Paganizing Philosophy

Carlos Steel

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pp. 19-38

Christian faith has originally nothing to do with philosophy. It offers no rational explanation of the world, no autonomous ethical way of life. It is a religious movement centred on the belief that God has offered through Jesus Christ a way of salvation to all human beings. As Saint Paul says, ‘the Greeks seek after wisdom, but we preach the foolishness ...

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A Problem of Paganism

John Marenbon

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pp. 39-54

No figure epitomizes what I once called ‘The Problem of Paganism’ so well as Virgil. Not, of course, the real Virgil, but Dante’s Virgil, his guide through Hell and part of Purgatory. Dante’s admiration for Virgil is almost unlimited, as his first greeting of him makes evident: ...

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ALBERTUS MAGNUS ÜBER DIE PHILOSOPHI THEOLOGIZANTES UND DIE NATÜRLICHEN VORAUSSETZUNGEN POSTMORTALER GLÜCKSELIGKEIT:VERSUCH EINER BESTANDSAUFNAHME

Henryk Anzulewicz

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pp. 55-84

Bevor die Frage nach der Präsenz und Wertstellung der natürlichen Theologie der Vorläufer und Väter der griechischen Philosophie, Platon und einiger anderen Denker, im Werk des Albertus Magnus angegangen wird, soll in einem ersten Schritt sein Verhältnis zu den Heiden (gentiles) und insbesondere zu den sapientes gentilium ermittelt werden. Es geht ...

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LE CHEVAL DANS LES CROYANCES GERMANIQUESENTRE PAGANISME ET CHRISTIANISME

Marc-André Wagner

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pp. 85-108

Le ‘paganisme’ étant une notion de la culture chrétienne définissant un ensemble d’attitudes (croyances et pratiques) hétérogènes, il est intéressant d’étudier le cas particulier des croyances entourant un animal dans une religion ‘païenne’ donnée: la religion germanique ancienne, parce que dans cette conception du monde, la nature et spécialement la ...

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MARTYRS, RELICS AND HOLY PLACES:THE CHRISTIANIZATION OF THE COUNTRYSIDE IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF RHEIMS DURING THE MEROVINGIAN PERIOD

Brigitte Meijns

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pp. 109-138

At a pioneering conference dedicated to ‘Agriculture and the Rural World in the Early Medieval West’ in the Italian town of Spoleto in 1965, Jean-François Lemarignier presented a highly powerful hypothesis, which has been influential ever since.2 While tackling the origins of places of worship, their geographical location and their organization during ...

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PAGANISME ET CULTE DES RELIQUES:LE TOPOS DU SANG VIVIFIANT LA VÉGÉTATION

Edina Bozoky

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pp. 139-156

Le pouvoir thaumaturgique des reliques était attribué à une force vivante qui y résidait et restait active. Au témoignage des mentions des Pères de l’Église et des récits hagiographiques, cette force miraculeuse se manifestait le plus souvent par la guérison des malades et des possédés. En dehors de ces effets principaux, directement bénéfiques aux individus ...

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THUNDER OVER LYON:AGOBARD, THE TEMPESTARII AND CHRISTIANITY

Rob Meens

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pp. 157-166

When in the early years of the seventeenth-century Archbishop Jean Papire Masson entered a bindery in Lyon on the lookout for interesting books, he observed the binder just starting to cut a medieval manuscript to pieces. Masson immediately recognized that this was an exceptional manuscript and stopped the binder destroying the book in ...

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THE ‘PAGAN’ DIRC VAN DELF

Robrecht Lievens

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pp. 167-194

Dirc van Delf, a learned Dominican, magister and regens of the universities of Erfurt and Cologne, was recruited on December 17, 1391 by letter of Duke Albrecht of Bavaria, to ‘teach and preach’ at the court of The Hague. His protector died on December 12, 1404 and his successor, Wilhelm VI, appears to have withdrawn the stipend, as after July 1404 ...

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CALLIMACO ESPERIENTEE IL PAGANESIMO

Stefano Pittaluga

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pp. 195-206

Rinchiuso nel carcere di Castel Sant’Angelo insieme con i sodali dell’Accademia Romana accusati di aver ordito una congiura per assassinare il papa Paolo II,1 Bartolomeo Platina giocava una carta disperata: rigettava tutta la responsabilità di aver organizzato l’attentato sul collega accademico Filippo Buonaccorsi (Callimaco Esperiente), che era riuscito ...

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PAGANISM AND ISLAM:MEDIEVAL ARABIC LITERATUREON RELIGIONS IN WEST AFRICA

Anna Akasoy

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pp. 207-238

‘Paganism and Islam’ is a subject which can be approached from a great variety of perspectives. Before dealing in more detail with one specific case, I would like to illustrate the breadth of the question with two examples, a linguistic and a historical one. The earliest preserved Arabic text on falconry, compiled in eighth-century Baghdad, claims that ...

Index

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pp. 239-250