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Loca Sancta<sup>†</sup>

Sabine Maccormack

in Roman Religion

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780748615650
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748650989 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615650.003.0043
Loca Sancta†

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In late antiquity itself, historians stressed what was new about Christianity, and their opinion carried conviction for centuries. Until the Reformation and beyond, Christianity's raison d'etre was thought to be its novelty. However, more recently, ideas and modes of behaviour that Christians shared with pagans have also seemed important. This chapter focuses on change and continuity in late antique perceptions of holy places and on what made these places holy in the eyes of worshippers, beginning with an issue that occupied the Reformers and still hovers in scholarly consciousness, although less prominently than formerly. For the discovery either of change or of continuity in the late antique transition from paganism to Christianity depends on how and why questions are addressed to the evidence.

Keywords: antiquity; Christianity; Reformation; change; continuity; paganism

Chapter.  9071 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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