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The Frigidus

Alan Cameron

in The Last Pagans of Rome

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199747276
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747276.003.0004
The Frigidus

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This chapter examines accounts of the Frigidus campaign. In his continuation of Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History, written in 402/3, Rufinus of Aquileia gives a vivid account of the confrontation between Theodosius and Eugenius by the river Frigidus. Rufinus's account proved influential, among contemporaries and successors, as well as among modern historians. Most modern critics have also taken Christian representations of the Frigidus more or less literally as historical narratives that describe the defeat of a dangerous pagan uprising, reflecting a perspective unique to the special circumstances of Eugenius's rebellion.

Keywords: Rufinus of Aquileia; Eusebius; Frigidus; Christians; pagan rebellion

Chapter.  20324 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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