Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity

Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity

by James J. O'Donnell


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061845390
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 64,631
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

James J. O'Donnell is a classicist who served for ten years as Provost of Georgetown University and is now University Librarian at Arizona State University. He is the author of several books, including Augustine, The Ruin of the Roman Empire, and Avatars of the Word.

David Drummond has narrated over seventy audiobooks for Tantor, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, from fantasy to military, and from thrillers to humor. He has garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie Award nomination. Visit him at

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part I Religion Without A History

Chapter 1 The Tour Guide's Version 9

Chapter 2 The Games of the Century 17

Chapter 3 An Eloquent Man Who Loved His Country 45

Chapter 4 What Is a God? 55

Chapter 5 Divine Butchery 71

Chapter 6 Ways of Knowing 89

Chapter 7 The Specter of Atheism 97

Chapter 8 Gods at Home 105

Chapter 9 Divine Exaltation 115

Part II The History of Paganism

Chapter 10 Constantine in his World 121

Chapter 11 A New Leaf 135

Chapter 12 The Birth of Paganism 149

Chapter 13 The Baptism of Paganism 159

Chapter 14 The First Christian Emperor 165

Chapter 15 The Servant of Christianity 177

Chapter 16 The Triumph of Paganism 191

Chapter 17 What Remained 201

Chapter 18 Cicero Reborn 213

Chapter 19 A Roman Relgion 225

Epilogue 237

Notes 243

Further Reading 261

Index 263

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