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Paganism in the Roman Empire
“MacMullen…has published several books in recent years which establish him, rightfully, as a leading social historian of the Roman Empire. The current volume exhibits many of the characteristics of its predecessors: the presentation of novel, revisionist points of view; discrete set pieces of trenchant argument which do not necessarily conform to the boundaries of traditio ...more
Paperback, 259 pages
Published September 10th 1983 by Yale University Press (New Haven)
(first published 1981)
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Apr 30, 2013 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ancient religion fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
This is the best book I've read so far about the concrete reality of pagan religion in antiquity. Yet, of course, it does not go deeply enough--perhaps because the evidence isn't sufficient to allow it--to provide a full appreciation of what it was like to believe in these, the old gods. Perhaps it is because I, infected with the idea that religion should be intellectually coherant and metaphysically totalizing, am looking for what isn't there. In any case, the parts that did make a good deal of ...more
Ramsay MacMullen is an Emeritus Professor of history at Yale University, where he taught from 1967 to his retirement in 1993 as Dunham Professor of History and Classics. His scholarly interests are in the social history of Rome and the replacement of paganism by Christianity.More about Ramsay MacMullen...