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Pagan and Christian in an age of anxiety : some aspects of religious experience from Marcus Aurelius to Constantine

Author: E R Dodds
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1965.
Series: Wiles lectures, 1963.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the philosophical and spiritual climate of the Roman Empire during the period between the accession of Marcus Aurelius and the conversion of Constantine. During this period, material decline was steepest and the ferment of new religious feelings most intense. It was an "age of anxiety" in both its material and its moral insecurity. The pax Romana was coming to an end and being succeeded by invasions,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: E R Dodds
OCLC Number: 375299
Description: xii, 144 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Man and the material world --
Man and the daemonic world --
Man and the divine world --
The dialogue of paganism with Christianity.
Series Title: Wiles lectures, 1963.
Responsibility: by E.R. Dodds.

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Examines the philosophical and spiritual climate of the Roman Empire during the period between the accession of Marcus Aurelius and the conversion of Constantine. During this period, material decline was steepest and the ferment of new religious feelings most intense. It was an "age of anxiety" in both its material and its moral insecurity. The pax Romana was coming to an end and being succeeded by invasions, epidemics, and civil disorder. Dodds discusses general attitudes to the world and the human condition in the early Christian centuries, and goes on to analyze specific types of daemonic and religious experiences. He also considers both pagan views of Christianity and Christian views of paganism as they emerge in the literature of the time.--From publisher description.

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