A Chronicle of the Last Pagans

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A Chronicle of the Last Pagans is a history of the triumph of Christianity in the Roman Empire as told from the perspective of the defeated: the adherents of the mysteries, cults, and philosophies that dominated Greco–Roman culture.

With a sovereign command of the diverse evidence, Pierre Chuvin portrays the complex spiritual, intellectual, and political lives of professing pagans after Christianity became the state religion. While recreating the unfolding drama of their ...

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A Chronicle of the Last Pagans is a history of the triumph of Christianity in the Roman Empire as told from the perspective of the defeated: the adherents of the mysteries, cults, and philosophies that dominated Greco–Roman culture.

With a sovereign command of the diverse evidence, Pierre Chuvin portrays the complex spiritual, intellectual, and political lives of professing pagans after Christianity became the state religion. While recreating the unfolding drama of their fate—their gradual loss of power, exclusion from political, military, and civic positions, their assimilation, and finally their persecution—he records a remarkable persistence of pagan religiosity and illustrates the fruitful interaction between Christianity and paganism. The author points to the implications of this late paganism for subsequent developments in the Byzantine Empire and the West. Chuvin's compelling account of an often forgotten world of pagan culture rescues an important aspect of our spiritual heritage and provides new understanding of Late Antiquity.

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History, we all know, is written by the victors, and so it was after the triumph of Christianity in fourth-century Rome. Chuvin (Greek, Blaise Pascal U., France) has ferreted out the writings by and about the people who continued to profess what had been the official religion, to show their beliefs and lives, and how they persisted- individually and in communities--for centuries--and influenced later history. A translation of the first part of a French study (1990). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780674129702
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1990
  • Series: Revealing Antiquity Series
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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Pierre Chuvin is Professor of Greek at Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand and lives in Paris.
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Table of Contents


  • Introduction


    1. What is a Pagan?

    2. An Empire in Search of Religion

    3. Constantine’s Christian Empire

    4. The Wavering Fourth Century

    5. Toward the Interdict

    6. After the Defeat

    7. Political Exclusion

    8. Masters and Pupils, or the Appeal of Paganism

    9. The Fragmented West

    10. The Tenacity of the East


  • Epilogue

  • Notes

  • Index

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