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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.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. Marianne Sághy and Edward M. Schoolman
  3. pp. 1-8
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  1. Lives
  1. The Importance of the Practical Life for Pagan and Christian Philosophers
  2. Maël Goarzin
  3. pp. 11-26
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  1. Religious Profiling in the Miracles of Saint Thecla
  2. Linda Honey
  3. pp. 27-42
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  1. Empress Verina among the Pagans
  2. Margarita Vallejo-Girvés
  3. pp. 43-58
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  1. John Lydus, Pagan and Christian
  2. Anna Judit Tóth
  3. pp. 59-68
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  1. Rhetoric and Historical Distortion: The Case of Mark of Arethusa
  2. Juana Torres
  3. pp. 69-80
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  1. Identities
  1. Imitatio Christi? Classical and Scriptural Literary Models of Martyrdom in Early Christianity
  2. Monika Pesthy-Simon
  3. pp. 83-96
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  1. Ascetic Christianity in Pannonian Martyr Stories?
  2. Levente Nagy
  3. pp. 97-104
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  1. Uses and Meanings of ‘Paganus’ in the Works of Saint Augustine
  2. Jérôme Lagouanère
  3. pp. 105-118
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  1. Religious Identity as seen by Sixth-Century Historians and Chroniclers
  2. Ecaterina Lung
  3. pp. 119-130
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  1. Cults
  1. The Cult of Sol Invictus and early Christianity in Aquae Iasae
  2. Branka Migotti
  3. pp. 133-150
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  1. Conversion as Convergence: Gregory the Great confronting Pagan and Jewish Influences in Anglo-Saxon Christianity
  2. Miriam Adan Jones
  3. pp. 151-164
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  1. Image and Function in “Christian” and “Pagan” Late Antique Terracotta Lamps
  2. Edward M. Schoolman
  3. pp. 165-178
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  1. Landscapes
  1. Believers in Transition: From Paganism to Christianity along the Southwestern Black Sea Coast (4th–6th centuries)
  2. Hristo Preshlenov
  3. pp. 181-202
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  1. Glory, Decay and Hope: Goddess Roma in Sidonius Apollinaris’ Panegyrics
  2. Joseph Grzywaczewski – Daniel K. Knox
  3. pp. 203-216
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  1. Tracing the Connections between “Mainstream” Platonism and “Marginal” Platonism with Digital Tools
  2. Luciana Gabriela Soares Santoprete
  3. pp. 217-238
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  1. Tombs
  1. Pagan Tomb to Christian Church: The Case of Diocletian’s Mausoleum in Spalatum
  2. Ivan Basić
  3. pp. 241-272
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  1. Christian Topography in Sopianae’s Late Antique Cemeteries
  2. Zsolt Visy
  3. pp. 273-294
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  1. Sopianae Revisited: Pagan or Christian Burials?
  2. Olivér Gábor and Zsuzsa Katona Győr
  3. pp. 295-340
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  1. Impact beyond the Empire: Burial practices in Ireland (4th – 8th centuries)
  2. Elizabeth O’Brien
  3. pp. 341-356
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 357-362
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  1. Index of Personal Names
  2. pp. 363-368
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  1. Index of Geographical Names
  2. pp. 369-372
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789633862568
Related ISBN
9789633862551
MARC Record
OCLC
1019979655
Pages
382
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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