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Barbara K. Gold

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385458

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780195385458.001.0001

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The Early Christian Community

(p.83) 5 Carthage

Barbara K. Gold

Oxford University Press

This chapter first lays out how we understand Christianity, contemporary ways of exploring ancient religion, and how contemporary studies of religious movements can help us to understand ancient religion; it also explores the social, economic, historical, archaeological, or other cultural forces that intersect with and explain the many facets of religious experience. It further discusses the provenance of Christianity in Roman Carthage; how Christianity started as a very small sect and became a dominant religion in a short period of time; Stark’s thesis about methods of and reasons for conversion; how a Christian or Christian group would have been identified and where they would have met; and who policed religious groups in the Roman empire. Finally the chapter discusses what difference Christianity and Christianness would have made in everyday life in Carthage.

Keywords:   Carthage, Christianity, Perpetua, Tertullian, pagans, religious pluralism, Christian identity, Scillitan martyrs, Pliny, Trajan

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