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Christianity and Paganism in the Fourth to Eighth Centuries

R Macmullen

Christianity and Paganism in the Fourth to Eighth Centuries

R Macmullen

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Ramsay MacMullen investigates the transition from paganism to Christianity between the fourth and eighth centuries. He reassesses the triumph of Christianity, contending that it was neither tidy nor quick, and he shows that the two religious systems were both vital during an interactive period that lasted far longer than historians have previously believed. MacMullen explores the influences of paganism and Christianity upon each other. In a rich discussion of the different strengths of the two systems, he demonstrates that pagan beliefs were not eclipsed or displaced by Christianity but persisted or were transformed. The victory of the Christian church, he explains, was one not of obliteration but of widening embrace and assimilation. This fascinating book also includes new material on the Christian persecution of pagans over the centuries through methods that ranged from fines to crucifixion; the mixture of motives in conversion; the stubbornness of pagan resistance; the difficulty of satisfying the demands and expectations of new converts; and the degree of assimilation of Christianity to paganism.

- Publisher An investigation of the transformation from paganism to Christianity between the fourth and eighth centuries. It reassesses the triumph of Christianity, contending that it was neither tidy nor quick, and it shows that two religious systems were both valid during this interactive period.

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Ramsay MacMullen investigates the transition from paganism to Christianity between the fourth and eighth centuries. He reassesses the triumph of Christianity, contending that it was neither tidy nor quick, and he shows that the two religious systems were both vital during an interactive period that lasted far longer than historians have previously believed. MacMullen explores the influences of paganism and Christianity upon each other. In a rich discussion of the different strengths of the two systems, he demonstrates that pagan beliefs were not eclipsed or displaced by Christianity but persisted or were transformed. The victory of the Christian church, he explains, was one not of obliteration but of widening embrace and assimilation. This fascinating book also includes new material on the Christian persecution of pagans over the centuries through methods that ranged from fines to crucifixion; the mixture of motives in conversion; the stubbornness of pagan resistance; the difficulty of satisfying the demands and expectations of new converts; and the degree of assimilation of Christianity to paganism.
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An investigation of the transformation from paganism to Christianity between the fourth and eighth centuries. It reassesses the triumph of Christianity, contending that it was neither tidy nor quick, and it shows that two religious systems were both valid during this interactive period.
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Meet the Author

R Macmullen

Ramsay MacMullen, Dunham Professor Emeritus of Classics and History at Yale University, is CEO of PastTimes Press and the recipient of a lifetime Award for Scholarly Distinction from the American Historical Association. He is also the author of "Voting About God in Early Church Councils," "Christianity and Paganism in the Fourth to Eighth Centuries, Corruption and the Decline of Rome, Paganism in the Roman Empire, "and "Roman Social Relations, "all published by Yale University Press. ý

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  • Catalogue Code 207473
  • Product Code 0300080778
  • EAN 9780300080773
  • Pages 288
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Yale University Press
  • Publication Date Oct 1999
  • Dimensions 235 x 156 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.408kg

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