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Pagans and Christians in Late Antique Rome
Conflict, Competition, and Coexistence in the Fourth Century

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Michele R. Salzman, Robert Chenault, Alan Cameron, Thomas Jürgasch, Douglas Boin, Maijastina Kahlos, Daniëlle Slootjes, Jonas Bjørnebye, Dennis E. Trout, Neil McLynn, Francesca Diosono, Nicola Denzey Lewis, Monica Hellström, Marianne Sághy, Gitte Lønstrup Dal Santo, Caroline Michel d'Annoville, Silviu Anghel, Levente Nagy, Rita Lizzi Testa
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  • Date Published: November 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107110304

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  • This book sheds new light on the religious and consequently social changes taking place in late antique Rome. The essays in this volume argue that the once-dominant notion of pagan-Christian religious conflict cannot fully explain the texts and artifacts, as well as the social, religious, and political realities of late antique Rome. Together, the essays demonstrate that the fourth-century city was a more fluid, vibrant, and complex place than was previously thought. Competition between diverse groups in Roman society - be it pagans with Christians, Christians with Christians, or pagans with pagans - did create tensions and hostility, but it also allowed for coexistence and reduced the likelihood of overt violent, physical conflict. Competition and coexistence, along with conflict, emerge as still central paradigms for those who seek to understand the transformations of Rome from the age of Constantine through the early fifth century.

    • The most up-to-date analysis of the texts and archaeological evidence from late antique Rome
    • Written by an international team of scholars with diverse backgrounds and approaches
    • Illuminates new approaches to ancient history by addressing the nature of religious change in the largest city in the Mediterranean world - Rome
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    • Date Published: November 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107110304
    • length: 436 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 155 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Senatorial Politics and Religious Conflict in Rome:
    1. Constantine and the Roman senate: conflict, cooperation, and concealed resistance Michele R. Salzman
    2. Beyond pagans and Christians: politics and intra-Christian conflict in the controversy over the Altar of Victory Robert Chenault
    3. Were pagans afraid to speak their mind in a Christian world? The correspondence of Symmachus Alan Cameron
    Part II. The Construction of New Religious Identities:
    4. Christians and the invention of paganism in late antique Rome Thomas Jürgasch
    5. Late antique divi and imperial priests of the late fourth and early fifth centuries Douglas Boin
    6. Artis heu magicis: the label of magic in the fourth-century conflicts and disputes Maijastina Kahlos
    7. Crowd behavior in late antique Rome Daniëlle Slootjes
    Part III. Pagans and Christians: Coexistence and Competition:
    8. Re-interpreting the cult of Mithras Jonas Bjørnebye
    9. Making difference: the Carmina contra Paganos and the invention of late Roman paganism Dennis E. Trout
    10. Poetry and pagans in late antique Rome: the case of the senator 'converted from the Christian religion to servitude to the idols' Neil McLynn
    11. Professiones gentiliciae: the collegia of Rome between paganism and Christianity Francesca Diosono
    12. Reinterpreting pagans and Christians from Rome's late antique mortuary evidence Nicola Denzey Lewis
    13. On the form and function of Constantine's circiform funerary basilicas in Rome Monica Hellström
    14. Romanae Gloria plebis: Bishop Damasus and the traditions of Rome Marianne Sághy
    15. Storytelling and cultural memory in the making: celebrating pagan and Christian founders of Rome Gitte Lønstrup Dal Santo
    16. Rome and imagery in late antiquity: perception and use of statues Caroline Michel d'Annoville
    17. What to do with Sacra Antiqua? A reinterpretation of the sculptures from S. Martino ai Monti in Rome Silviu Anghel
    18. Hercules representations in fourth-century Christian context Levente Nagy
    Concluding remarks: VRBS ROMA between pagans and Christians Rita Lizzi Testa.

  • Editors

    Michele Renee Salzman, University of California, Riverside
    Michele Renee Salzman is Professor of Ancient History at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of numerous articles and books on late antiquity, and recently published The Letters of Symmachus. Book 1 (including a translation with Michael Roberts, 2012).

    Marianne Sághy, Central European University, Budapest
    Marianne Sághy is Associate Professor in the Medieval Studies Department at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. She is the author of several books in Hungarian on Damasus of Rome and on late antique hagiography.

    Rita Lizzi Testa, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy
    Rita Lizzi Testa is Professor of Roman History at the University of Perugia, Italy, and is a member of the International Advisory Board for 'CUA Studies in Early Christianity' and for the NAPS-Christianity in Late Antiquity book series. She is author of several books, and editor or coeditor of many volumes.


    Michele R. Salzman, Robert Chenault, Alan Cameron, Thomas Jürgasch, Douglas Boin, Maijastina Kahlos, Daniëlle Slootjes, Jonas Bjørnebye, Dennis E. Trout, Neil McLynn, Francesca Diosono, Nicola Denzey Lewis, Monica Hellström, Marianne Sághy, Gitte Lønstrup Dal Santo, Caroline Michel d'Annoville, Silviu Anghel, Levente Nagy, Rita Lizzi Testa

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