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Pagan Converts

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/9780199747276.003.0006
Pagan Converts

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Ever since Gibbon enumerated the “secondary” causes for the spread of Christianity (the primary cause, naturally, being “the convincing evidence of the doctrine itself”), historians have sought to trace, date, and account for the Christianization of the Roman world. It is clear that the conversion of Constantine was a turning point, though there is less agreement about the extent of pre-Constantinian Christianity. Thanks to the support of a succession of Christian emperors and an aggressive church, by the beginning of the 5th century paganism was in rapid decline. This chapter examines how rapid (and how defiant) this decline was.

Keywords: Christianity; Christianization; Constantine; paganism; decline

Chapter.  17067 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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