The Palladium and the Pentateuch

Clifford Ando

in The Matter of the Gods

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520250833
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933651 | DOI:
The Palladium and the Pentateuch

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The Christianization of the Roman Empire passed a milestone in the early fifth century, producing a senator who publicly professed paganism. Paganism can be said to have been either dying from the moment of its conception, as its constituent practices fell into abeyance, or surviving up to the present. The self-understandings of these religions give incompatible narratives and inconsistent periodizations. This chapter adumbrates such an approach by juxtaposing and conjoining the surge in antiquarianism in the West in the early fifth century and the contest for supremacy between Rome and Constantinople.

Keywords: Christianization; paganism; Rome; Constantinople; empire

Chapter.  20387 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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