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The Last Pagans of Rome$
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Alan Cameron

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199747276

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747276.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) Introduction
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The Last Pagans of Rome
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Alan Cameron

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747276.003.0001

This introductory chapter first sets out the main purpose of the book, which is to dismantle the myth that transformed pagan nobles from the arrogant, philistine land-grabbers most of them were into fearless champions of senatorial privilege, literature lovers, and aficionados of classical (especially Greek) culture as well as the traditional cults. It then discusses the supposed pagan revival spearheaded by the aristocracy of Rome and the idea of a pagan opposition. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Roman aristocracy, pagan nobles, pagan revival, pagan opposition

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