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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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The “Pagan” Literary Revival

The “Pagan” Literary Revival

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(p.399) 11 The “Pagan” Literary Revival
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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/9780199747276.003.0012

There is no question that the 4th century saw a revival of Latin literature. After the nadir of the 3rd century there was only one way to go. But in much of the modern literature it has been widely characterized as a pagan revival and associated with the aristocracy of late 4th-century Rome, reacting to the threat of Christianity. However, this chapter argues that this is perhaps the single most serious obstacle to a true understanding of this important development.

Keywords:   Roman aristocracy, pagan aristocracy, Latin literature, Christianity

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