Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity

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Examines the history of the rise of Christianity as experienced by the adherents of the traditional religions of the ancient world who directly experienced the major disruptions brought about by the rise of what they viewed as an upstart cult.

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From James J. O'Donnell, renowned classicist and author of Augustine and The Ruin of the Roman Em....

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"Although [Pagans] is serious scholarship, it does not take itself too seriously. The result is an engaging view of antiquity few of us have seen.--Booklist

"Trenchantly interprets how an oddball religious cult became the official faith of Rome. . . . It makes for a thoughtful tour of Rome."--New York Times Book Review

"Mr. O'Donnell tells the familiar story of Christianity's heroic age of expansion, from Constantine to Theodosius, with verve and wit."--Wall Street Journal

Trenchantly interprets how an oddball religious cult became the official faith of Rome. . . . It makes for a thoughtful tour of Rome. --New York Times Book Review"

Mr. O Donnell tells the familiar story of Christianity s heroic age of expansion, from Constantine to Theodosius, with verve and wit. --Wall Street Journal"

James J. O Donnell s fine new book . . . is short but multilayered, erudite and dense. --Cleveland Plain-Dealer"

[A] fascinating and insightful study of the pluralistic pagan gods. This book is a must read for everyone who is interested in either general history or the history of Christianity in particular. --Washington Book Review"

Although [Pagans] is serious scholarship, it does not take itself too seriously. The result is an engaging view of antiquity few of us have seen.--Booklist"

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