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By Luke Lavan, Michael Mulryan (eds.)

There is not any contract over the way to identify the 'pagan' cults of past due antiquity. essentially they have been extra diversified than this Christian label indicates, but in addition exhibited trends in the direction of monotheism and inner adjustments which makes it tricky to explain them as 'traditional cults'. This quantity, along with large bibliographic essays, considers the decline of city temples along the various evolution of different focii of cult perform and identification. The papers exhibit nice neighborhood variety within the improvement of past due old paganism, and recommend that the time has come to desert a unmarried compelling narrative of 'the finish of the temples' in accordance with felony assets and literary debts. even if temple destructions are attested, in a few areas the top of paganism was once either sluggish and untraumatic, with extra co-existence with Christianity than one may have expected.Contributors are Javier Arce, B?©atrice Caseau, Georgios Deligiannakis, Koen Demarsin, Jitse H.F. Dijkstra, Demetrios Eliopoulos, James Gerrard, Penelope J. Goodman, David Gwynn, Luke Lavan, Michael Mulryan, Helen G. Saradi, Eberhard W. Sauer, Gareth Sears, Peter Talloen, Peter Van Nuffelen and Lies Vercauteren.

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