James J. O'Donnell



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Pagans: The End of Traditio...

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The Ruin of the Roman Empir...

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Augustine: A New Biography

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Avatars of the Word: From P...

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Cassiodorus

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Sons of Valor, Parents of F...

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Augustine: Confessions, Vol...

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Earthly Matters, a Study of...

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“Monarchs have a great weakness, however, for their own sons, no matter how feckless and inept. A statistical study should be done across cultures assessing the relative frequency of the bizarre outcomes to which monarchical succession is prone: failure to provide an heir or successor, provision of an heir completely inept, or division of rule among several incompatible ones. Orderly succession followed by a successful reign is the exception.”
James J. O'Donnell, Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity

“Few moderns may think of the linear development of human history in the same terms the old Christians used, but the modern world of ideas is unimaginable without the irreversible linearity of connection and direction they provided. Everyone on the planet recognizes the Christian scheme of marking and pointing time’s arrow, even when we noncommittally mark our dates BCE/ CE.”
James J. O'Donnell, Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity

“search of traces of the ancient past—and fine dark chocolate.”
James J. O'Donnell, The Ruin of the Roman Empire

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