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Classical Revivals and “Pagan” Art

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/9780199747276.003.0020
Classical Revivals and “Pagan” Art

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This chapter examines evidence for a pagan reaction in the art as well as the literature of the late 4th century. It looks at the contorniates (bronze medallions produced in the city of Rome from the mid-4th to the late 5th century), high-quality silver plate, ivory work, and manuscript illumination. It argues that there was no general classical revival in late 4th-century Rome—certainly nothing that can be associated with pagan rather than Christian members of the elite.

Keywords: Roman aristocrats; pagan aristocrats; paganism; contorniates; silver plate; ivory works; illuminated manuscripts

Chapter.  22072 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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